The 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is over, and awareness has been raised both for the pressing cases of the millions who are underfed and the thousands (dozens?) of people who suffered through Illinois' 20-14 victory.
Nathan Scheelhaase starred for Illinois, throwing for 139 yards and a touchdown and running for another 110 yards, but he was the best part about a game that featured two interim coaches and two teams too mediocre to either be compellingly good or bad. UCLA fell to 6-8 with the loss, and became the first bowl team of the modern era to finish its season two games under .500.
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince threw for 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but completed just 14 of his 29 attempts. Oh, and UCLA ran for 18 yards on 30 carries.
On the bright side, Illinois' victory means the Illini did win bowl games in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history, and also won their first game since October 8. Which is nice.
Additionally, Western Kentucky will not play in a bowl game. No word on if that is because Illinois and UCLA did, and the Hilltoppers don't want to be part of a group that calls those two entities a member.
For more on the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, if you're really sure you can handle it, head to UCLA blog Bruins Nation and Illinois blog Hail to the Orange, plus SB Nation Los Angeles and Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire.