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Bowling Green Wins Camellia Bowl Over South Alabama 33-28

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The Bowling Green Falcons won a thrilling inaugural Camellia Bowl 33-28.

Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

In a back and forth game on a cold Alabama night, the Bowling Green passing game proved to be too much for South Alabama.

It was USA's first-ever bowl game and the first-ever Camellia Bowl but the Falcons spoiled the occasion for the pro-Jaguar crowd.

The Bowling Green passing attack perplexed the South Alabama defense all night, as did the team's hurry-up offense.  Not all of BGSUs touchdowns came through the air, but the pass set all of them up. Meanwhile, South Alabama was marred by dropped passes all night. It was hard to tell if the drops were a product of underperforming receivers or quarterback Brandon Bridge throwing too hard.

James Knapke led his team to a 14-0 lead early on by throwing two long passes. It looked like Bowling Green would cruise to the victory when they led 20-7 at halftime. Instead, a suddenly poised Bridge led his USA team to a furious comeback. USA even took a brief lead late in the game, only for a late Falcon touchdown to break Jaguar fans' hearts. USA finishes the season 6-7, while BGSU closes out 2014 at 8-6.