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Liberty Bowl likely high scoring

December 31, 2004


— Louisville and Boise State consider today's Liberty Bowl the biggest game in the history of each program.

Based on the teams' offenses, it certainly could be the highest-scoring game.

The first Liberty Bowl to match Top 10 teams also features the top two offenses in both yards and points scored.

Seventh-ranked Louisville is attempting to become the fifth team to average 50 points a game for a season, while No. 10 Boise State is trying to lead the nation in scoring for the fifth straight year.

That's why Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky knows exactly what to do on offense.

"Every time we touch the ball we want to put it in the end zone," Zabransky said.

The Liberty Bowl record for most points scored in a game was set in 1969 when Colorado beat Alabama, 47-33.

Louisville (10-1) averages 536.7 yards and 50.3 points a game. The Cardinals also led the nation with an average margin of victory of 32.47 points, and won an offensive shootout on this very field on Nov. 4, beating Memphis 56-49. They haven't scored fewer than 55 since October.

The Broncos (11-0), who have won 22 straight and 35 of the last 36 games, average 511.6 yards and 49.7 points.

"Who knows what's going to happen," Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors said.

Peach Bowl

Atlanta -- Florida last played in the Georgia Dome in 2000, when the Gators beat Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

The No. 20 Gators (7-4) haven't been back since, and returning to the Georgia Dome tonight hardly is the same -- even if the opponent is 14th-ranked Miami and the "state championship" is on the line.

The Hurricanes (8-3) feel the same way. They played in four consecutive Bowl Championship Series games before this season.

Sun Bowl

El Paso, Texas -- Purdue won't have to worry about Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter today.

But Boilermakers coach Joe Tiller doesn't think the Sun Devils' high-powered offense will change much under Walter's backup, Sam Keller.

Keller makes his first start as the No. 21 Sun Devils (8-3) face Purdue (7-4), which is playing in the Sun Bowl for the third time in four years.

Music City Bowl

Nashville, Tenn. -- Minnesota (6-5) started the season 5-0 before dropping five of six games -- including big losses at Michigan State (51-17) and Wisconsin (38-14). Alabama (6-5) was 5-2 at one point despite losing starting quarterback Brodie Croyle and backup Mark Guillon to injuries. Alabama lost three of four games down the stretch.

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