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SCV bound for bowls

Several local products will suit up during college football’s bowl season

Posted: December 9, 2009 10:24 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Valley has a proud football tradition - but not just on Friday nights.

There are plenty of local products playing college football, and some of them will take part in bowl games in the coming weeks.

Here's a look at the local athletes who will be trying to celebrate the holidays with bowl wins, in chronological order.

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 22, 5 p.m. on ESPN
Oregon State (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) vs. Brigham Young University (10-2, 7-1 Mountain West)

Canyon grad J.J. DiLuigi, a redshirt sophomore for the Cougars, has played in 12 games at running back this year.

The 5-foot-9-inch, 200-pound running back/kick returner has been a versatile threat for the Cougars.

Playing in all 12 games, DiLuigi rushed for 248 yards and notched 261 receiving yards and 251 return yards for an average of 63 yards per game from scrimmage.

The running back had a breakout game in BYU's second contest of the season, a 54-3 win over Tulane. DiLuigi ran for 71 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns as the Cougars rang up a season-high 35 first downs.

BYU's running game has been averaging 148 yards per game, while Oregon State has been averaging 144 yards per game, which could make the run an important factor in the matchup.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
San Diego
Dec. 23, 5 p.m. on ESPN
Utah (9-3, 7-2 Mountain West) vs. California (8-4, 5-4 Pac-10)

Cal running back Shane Vereen replaced Jahvid Best in the starting lineup on Nov. 14 when Best went down with a concussion.

Vereen, a Valencia grad, made an immediate impact.
He helped lead the team to a 24-16 win over Arizona with 30 carries for 159 yards.

Vereen finished the regular season with 830 rushing yards and 224 receiving yards and 12 total touchdowns. It's safe to say he will be playing a key role in the matchup.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Honolulu, Hawaii
Dec. 24, 5 p.m. on ESPN
Nevada (8-4, 7-1 WAC) vs. Southern Methodist (7-5)

Ricky Drake, a product of Valencia and COC football, will be kicking for the Wolfpack as they take on the Mustangs in the Hawaii Bowl. Drake has made 5-of-8 field-goal attempts on the season and 59-of-63 extra point tries. His longest field goal attempt this year was 40 yards out.

EagleBank Bowl
Washington, D.C.
Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m. on ESPN
Army or UCLA (6-6, 3-5 Pac-10) vs. Temple (9-3, 7-1 MAC)

If Army (5-6) beats Navy (8-4), the Black Knights will play against Temple in the EagleBank. If Army loses its famous rivalry game on Dec. 12, UCLA will get the nod.

Bruin linebacker Patrick Larimore is a 6-foot-3-inch, 247-pound redshirt freshman from Hart, who will be making his first bowl appearance. Larimore has played in nine games this season and recorded two tackles.

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
San Diego
Dec. 30, 5 p.m. on ESPN
Nebraska (9-3, 6-2 Big 12) vs. Arizona (8-4, 4-5)

Jonathan Hollins (COC) and Tyler Lyon (Hart) are both on a Wildcats team making the trip down to San Diego.

Lyon has struggled to see the field in the Wildcats' passing game since moving from quarterback to wide receiver-tight end.

Hollins plays defensive tackle for Arizona.

Brut Sun Bowl
El Paso, Texas
Dec. 31, 11 a.m. on CBS
Oklahoma (7-5, 5-3 Big 12) vs. Stanford (8-4, 6-3)

Safety Delano Howell has been a defensive stalwart all year for Stanford.

The Hart grad has started 10 of the 11 games he's played and tallied 76 tackles, two for negative yardage. He has also snagged two interceptions, defended eight passes and forced and recovered a fumble.

Howell will play a crucial role again as the Cardinal tries to stop a passing offense producing nearly 300 yards per game.

Insight Bowl
Tempe, Ariz.
Dec. 31, 3 p.m. on NFL Network
Minnesota (6-6, 4-4) vs. Iowa State (6-6, 3-5)

Wide receiver Hayo Carpenter, who also played at COC, is a receiver and special teams threat for the Golden Gophers, while Hart High and COC product Derrick Onwuachi also plays for Minnesota.

Carpenter has two receptions in nine games and has returned three kicks for 88 yards. Onwuachi has played in five games and has seven total tackles to go along with three pass break-ups.

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m. on ABC
Ohio State (10-2, 7-1) vs. Oregon (10-2, 8-1)

Sophomore Rasmin Golpashin, a 6-foot-4-inch, 280-pound Saugus graduate, plays offensive line for the Pac-10 champion Ducks.

Oregon currently has the sixth-ranked rushing offense in the country, which averages 236 yards per game.


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