2021 Bowl season: It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And after an amended postseason in 2020, college football is back with a full slate of games across three weeks that will surely have a little something for everyone. The action got started Friday and continues all the way through the College Football Playoff National Championship in the second week of January.
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The bowl season will have a temporary pause Friday after the Hawaii Bowl between Hawaii and Memphis was canceled due to COVID-19 issues, injuries and transfers within the Hawaii football program. The next postseason matchup will be on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET when Georgia State and Ball State will square off in the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.
Be sure to check out our bowl games schedule with a list of every game, kickoff time and TV assignment as well as Tom Fornelli’s bowl season breakdown where he ranks every game, 42-1. CBS Sports will be here each day with the latest scores, analysis highlights and highlights from the entirety of bowl season. Check out the schedule below and keep scrolling for updates from each game as they conclude. All times Eastern
Bowl games: College football scores, schedule
Thursday, Dec. 23
Frisco Classic: Miami (OH) 27, North Texas 14 — Recap
Gasparilla Bowl: UCF 29, Florida 17 — Recap
Gasparilla Bowl: UCF 29, Florida 17
The Knights had been waiting for the chance to take a bite out of the Gators since the Knights re-appeared in the national spotlight in 2017. It feasted Thursday night in Tampa. Isaiah Bowser ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns and Ryan O’Keefe added 110 on the ground and 85 as a receiver to take the 29-17 win. The dagger came late in the third quarter when Knights quarterback Mikey Keene found O’Keefe open down the left sideline for a 54-yard touchdown that gave them a 26-17 lead.
Ex-UCF athletic director Danny White pushed hard for a home-and-home series with the Gators before White moved on to Tennessee. Terry Mohajir took over for White and agreed to a 2-for-1 deal that will send the Gators to Orlando in 2030, with the two playing in Gainesville in 2024 and 2033. | Box score
Frisco Football Classic: Miami (OH) 27, North Texas 14
The inaugural Frisco Football Classic was tight early, but one fatal error late in the second quarter proved to be the game-changing play in the RedHawks’ 27-14 win over the Mean Green. The Mean Green were down 20-14 late in the half when Jacquez Warren picked off Mean Green QB Austin Aune on the Miami 10-yard line to thwart a 10-play, 61-yard drive and give the Redhawks momentum going into halftime. Miami went 75 yards on eight plays to open the third quarter, and Brett Gabbert hit Nate Muersch with an 11-yard scoring strike to push the lead to two scores. The defense held from there and the Redhawks got their first bowl win in 11 years. | Box score
Armed Forces Bowl: Army 24, Missouri 22
Cole Talley drilled a 41-yard field goal as time expired to give Army a 24-22 win over Missouri in a thriller in Fort Worth, Texas. The walk-off kick capped off an eight-play, 51-yard drive that took the final 1:11 off the clock.
The fourth quarter of the Armed Forces Bowl was by far the most action-packed. Army got things started when backup quarterback Tyheir Tyler hit Brandon Walters all alone in the end zone from 15 yards out to give the Black Knights a 21-16 lead. Tyler was one of three quarterbacks who played in the game for Jeff Monken’s crew.
But Missouri would respond when it needed to most. Freshman quarterback Brady Cook, who got his first career start over Connor Bazelak, found Keke Chism in the back of the end zone from six yards out with 1:11 to go to give the Tigers a 22-21 lead. Cook’s touchdown pass capped off an 11-play, 83-yard drive that began with Missouri taking over with 2:44 to play and no timeouts. However, Cook missed an easy throw on the ensuing two-point conversion that would have made it a three-point game. That allowed Army’s field goal to end the game instead of taking it to overtime. | Box score
Frisco Bowl: No. 24 San Diego State 38, UTSA 24
San Diego State quarterback Lucas Johnson put together the best performance of his career to lead the Aztecs past UTSA 38-24 in the Frisco Bowl, capping off the program’s first 12-win season in history. Johnson was masterful through the air, completing 24 of 36 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns and adding another rushing score to sink the Roadrunners.
San Diego State boasted one of the top defenses in college football in 2021, but its offense had to come to the rescue as UTSA jumped out to a 14-7 lead. Johnson led scoring drives of 10, nine and six plays in the second and third quarters to spur a 17-0 run that gave the Aztecs a lead they would never relinquish. Wide receiver Jesse Matthews, who finished with 175 yards on 11 catches, caught a pair of touchdowns in the first half to add to the lead.