Top running backs collide in AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl
The Sports Xchange
NCAAF Team Report - Boston College - INSIDE SLANT
AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl got itself a heck of a storyline.
The bowl grabbed the ACC's Boston College as part of its conference affiliations, and the Eagles will bring in the nation's leading rusher -- Andre Williams, who is averaging 175.2 yards per game. Then, with an open spot because the SEC could not fulfill its obligation, the Shreveport, La., bowl went out and grabbed the nation's No. 2 rusher, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey (156.0 yards per game).
"Isn't that very compelling?" said Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez with a smile.
ESPN has the telecast on Dec. 31 and might mention that tidbit once or twice.
Said Carey: "Let the show begin."
It's not likely that Carey can make up the difference in yards per game -- which is the stat the NCAA uses to determine its rushing champion -- but it should be a fun in-game competition nonetheless.
Williams, listed at 6-foot, 227 pounds, is a powerful back who runs in something of a traditional power offense. Carey plays in Rodriguez's zone-read attack but also does most of his damage between the tackles. At around 207 pounds, he figures he has a bit more wiggle than Williams in the open field.
"He looks like a powerful back who can break tackles and take it some distance," Carey said of Williams. "I don't want to disrespect, but he reminds me of a fullback. With speed, though. I'm curious."
Neither team won its final regular-season game.
Boston College won four games in a row late in the season but lost 34-31 at Syracuse, when Williams had to leave the game with an injury early in the second half. He is expected to be fine for the bowl game. Arizona upset then-No. 5 Oregon on Nov. 23 before stumbling badly at rival Arizona State, 58-21, a week later.
"It is a great challenge and a great matchup," Boston College coach Steve Addazio was quoted as saying in the Boston Herald. "Not only do they have a great running back, but they have a quarterback (B.J. Denker) that has rushed for 1,000 yards (actually 898) as well.
"They are a dynamic running team, an explosive team, and you saw them beat No. 5 Oregon. It's an exciting game for us."
Certainly, it's not a bad way for college football to kick off New Year's Eve, especially with that hook at running back as they battle yard for yard.
"I want to show everybody who's the better back," Carey said. "Me and him are going to be battling."
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