2004 NAVY 34, NEW MEXICO 19: The game's highlight is "The Drive" Navy's 26-play, 94-yard drive that took 14 minutes and 26 seconds off the clock and still only results in a 22-yard field goal for the Midshipmen. The Lobos, who lost featured running back DonTrell Moore early in the second half, watches an early 7-0 lead evaporate into a 21-19 halftime deficit. Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco earns MVP honors on offense with a smorgasbord performance rushing for 136 yards and three touchdowns, completing three passes for 101 yards and another score and even catching a team-high two passes. The Midshipmen finish with 10-2 record for their first 10-win season since 1905.
2003 BOSTON COLLEGE 35, COLORADO STATE 21: The Eagles romp to a 21-0 lead after only the first quarter, as Ram quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt, who had suffered an injured hand late in the regular season, didn't appear until the second quarter. But after Van Pelt helps CSU draw to within 21-14 at the start of the fourth quarter, BC's T.J. Standcil the game's defensive MVP recovers an onside kick to stymie one Rams' comeback attempt and intercepts his third pass of the game to end another late CSU possession. Boston College's Derrick Knight is named the offensive MVP with 30 carries leading to 122 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
2002 VIRGINIA TECH 20, AIR FORCE 13: The Falcons take a 10-0 lead early in the inaugural Emerald Bowl, with the Hokies responding to tie the game by intermission and taking a 17-10 lead in the third quarter on Lee Suggs' second touchdown of the game. Both teams add field goals, with Air Force driving 72 yards to the Tech 10 looking to tie or win the game in the final seconds. But on third-and-goal with 10 seconds left, Air Force QB Chance Harridge is hit on a carry and fumbles just before crossing the goal line, with the Hokies recovering to end the threat. Virginia Tech QB Bryan Randall completes 18-of-23 passes for 177 yards to earn offensive MVP honors.