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Over the past eight years the GMAC Bowl has built a reputation of fielding some of the most competitive and exciting games of the bowl season. The GMAC Bowl, repeatedly rated as one of the top 10 bowl games to watch, has seen sell-out crowds, record breaking performances and last second heroics!


In the 2000 GMAC Bowl, Southern Mississippi quarterback Jeff Kelly threw a 28-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds remaining to lift the Golden Eagles over 13 th ranked TCU. In the highest scoring game in college football bowl history, the Thundering Herd of Marshall, led by quarterback Byron Leftwich, overcame a 30 point halftime defeciet to rally past East Carolina 64-61 in double overtime to win the 2001 GMAC Bowl. The game was declared an "Instant Classic" by ESPN. The game also made the 25 greatest moments in ESPN History. Read all the recaps below.

1999 Bowl Game
LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead TCU to a 28-14 victory over No. 20 East Carolina in the inaugural Mobile Alabama Bowl.

The Horned Frogs confused East Carolina with a two-quarterback option attack and completely shut down the Pirates' running game, holding them to minus-16 yards.


2000 Bowl Game
MOBILE AL (AP) Jeff Kelly's 29-yard touchdown pass to freshman Kenny Johnson with eight seconds left lifted Southern Mississippi to a 28-21 victory over Texas Christian (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) in the Mobile Alabama Bowl on Wednesday night.

That saved Bower from canceling a redshirt year for placekicker Curtis Jones for one last attempt after four missed field goals.


2001 Bowl Game
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Marshall and East Carolina piled up the points so quickly that even the coaches had trouble keeping track.

In the highest-scoring bowl game in history, Marshall rallied past the Pirates 64-61 in double overtime Wednesday night to win the GMAC Bowl behind Byron Leftwich's 576 yards passing.


2002 Bowl Game
MOBILE, Ala. -- Byron Leftwich and Marshall didn't need a miracle comeback this time in the GMAC Bowl.

Leftwich became the first player in Division I-A history to throw four touchdown passes in two bowl games, leading Marshall to a 38-15 victory over Louisville on Wednesday night.


2003 Bowl Game
Ben Roethlisberger ended his college career in style. Roethlisberger passed for 376 yards and four first-half touchdowns to lead No. 14 Miami of Ohio to a 49-28 victory over Louisville in the GMAC Bowl on Thursday night before announcing his decision to leave school early for the NFL.

A third-team Associated Press All-American, Roethlisberger is a likely top 10 pick in April's NFL draft.


2004 Bowl Game
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) Omar Jacobs went from Bowling Green's question mark to the Mid-American Conference's latest star quarterback.

Jacobs capped a marvelous sophomore season by passing for 365 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a 52-35 victory over Memphis on Wednesday night in the GMAC Bowl.|


2005 Bowl Game
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Bruce Gradkowski and the Toledo offense ran, passed and scored almost at will. David Thomas and the defense shut down a potent UTEP offense and even scored once, too.

And another GMAC Bowl resulted in a big MAC victory.


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