What an incredible way to close out the 2017 season for the B1G. I know that a lot of media types covering the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 try to dismiss the relevance of a conference’s bowl record, but 7-1 is an unprecedented amount of success.
Now that bowl season is in the books and we start to plunge ahead to spring football and the 2018 season, let’s take a look back at some of the very best highlights out of the B1G this bowl season.
It was hard to narrow this list down to 10, so a few candidates may have been left out of the mix. But when a conference wins seven of eight games, you know there’s going to be a ton of great highlights.
Here are the top 10 plays from B1G bowl season.
No. 10: Damon Webb makes USC’s Sam Darnold look silly with easy pick-six (Cotton)
Darnold certainly didn’t look like the No. 1 overall draft pick with this throw. Webb stepped in front of the pass and returned it for a touchdown to give Ohio State a 17-0 lead in a lopsided Cotton Bowl.
Sam Darnold throws the ball right to Damon Webb, who returns the pick 24 yards for a TD. Ohio State now leads 17-0! pic.twitter.com/EuLVt3sEle
— The Buckeye Nut (@TheBuckeyeNut) December 30, 2017
No. 9: Brian Lewerke hits Cody White for touchdown in traffic (Holiday)
This pass and catch didn’t receive enough credit. A good throw into a tight space and White made a great play with Washington State defenders all around.
Um, has Gus Johnson ever been this unenthusiastic? Ever? pic.twitter.com/3uhhk1ZvX5
— Connor O’Gara (@cjogara) December 29, 2017
No. 8: Josh Jackson ties Iowa’s single-season INT record with late pick vs. BC (Pinstripe)
Coming in at No. 8 was Jackson, who recorded interception No. 8 in the Pinstripe Bowl. It tied a program record and clinched a victory for the Hawkeyes.
No. 1 CB Prospect Josh Jackson’s Last Meaningful Collegiate Defensive Snap is a Bowl-Sealing Pick. Best of Luck in the NFL, Sir. pic.twitter.com/sLNprsq2bf
— F U T U R E ™ (@historic_posts) December 28, 2017
No. 7: Andrew Van Ginkel has “look what I found” moment (Orange)
Just put your hands up and something good will happen. That’s exactly how it went for Van Ginkel. That play also served as the turning point in the game as Wisconsin outscored Miami 31-10 after that interception.
— Dustin Schutte (@Schutte_B1GFB) December 31, 2017
No. 6: Noah Furbush hauls in first career INT after tip drill (Outback)
Right place, right time. There weren’t many exciting plays from the Outback Bowl, but Furbush did get his first career interception in impressive fashion.
Noah Furbush gets the interception for Michigan! pic.twitter.com/Fg4ahuumwx
— MSZ Wolverines (@MSZ_Wolverines) January 1, 2018
No. 5: Anthony Mahoungou makes ridiculous game-winning touchdown grab (Foster Farms)
Making a catch over an Arizona defender and spinning into the end zone for a game-winning score is a good way to crack the top five. Plus, Mahoungou injured his shoulder on the play and still finished.
[ICYMI] La réception de 38 yards de WR Anthony Mahoungou qui donne la victoire, 38-35, aux Boilermakers de Purdue face aux Wildcats d’Arizona. Un TD qui entre dans la légende. @AM4_Life 🇫🇷 👏 #WeBelieveInYou pic.twitter.com/4NLXKWVsb4
— TBP College Football (@thebluepennant) December 28, 2017
No. 4: Saquon Barkley sets Fiesta Bowl record with 92-yard touchdown run (Fiesta)
Not only did Barkley take it 92 yards to the house, he did it untouched. We’re going to miss this guy.
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 30, 2017
No. 3: Kyle Queiro tightropes sideline to score after interception (Music City)
Another play that really didn’t receive enough credit. Queiro made a good read on the throw and was able to make the interception. But his ability to tightrope the sideline, keep his balance and turn it into six points? Incredible.
Kyle Queiro: tightrope walker pic.twitter.com/Wnp9ivlnuh
— Dustin Schutte (@Schutte_B1GFB) December 30, 2017
No. 2: Danny Davis III goes over the top of Miami defender for spectacular TD catch (Orange)
Incredible timing and concentration from the Wisconsin receiver. The Orange Bowl had a ton of great highlights, but this one stole the show.
— Trey Wallace (@TreyW_Radio) December 31, 2017
No. 1: Purdue fools Arizona, nets 30 yards on fake kneel play
There was nothing else quite like this in bowl season. Purdue appeared to be taking a knee to go into the half with a two-score lead over Arizona. But Jeff Brohm had a trick up his sleeve, faked the knee and D.J. Knox picked up 30 yards. The Boilermakers scored three more points before half.
Fake kneel run by Purdue. That was great. pic.twitter.com/x3AIuTByxk
— Kevin Marchina (@kg_holler) December 28, 2017