Ga. Tech, Vandy, Tulsa, Clemson Take Bowls
El Paso, Texas — Tevin Washington ran for a 1-yard touchdown that broke a third-quarter tie, then threw a TD pass that sent Georgia Tech past Southern California 21-7 yesterday in the Sun Bowl.
Southern California (7-6), ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season, played minus injured quarterback Matt Barkley. Max Wittek tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Silas Redd in the second quarter, but also threw three interceptions.
Georgia Tech (7-7) stopped its seven-bowl losing streak. Washington put the Yellow Jackets ahead 14-7 shortly after halftime and added a 17-yard touchdown pass to Orwin Smith in the fourth quarter.
The Trojans struggled to contain Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack. David Sims ran for 99 yards, and the Yellow Jackets rushed for 294 yards overall.
Music City Bowl
Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24
Nashville, Tenn. — Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Vanderbilt capped its best season in nearly a century by beating North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl.
The Commodores (9-4) won their seventh straight game, their top mark since going 9-1 in 1915.
Vanderbilt forced a season-high five turnovers, including four in the first half, and turned those into 17 points.
N.C. State (7-6) finished up under interim coach Dana Bible. Coach Tom O’Brien was fired at the end of the regular season.
Tobias Palmer, who struggled catching the ball on his first two kickoff returns for the Wolfpack, caught the next one cleanly and ran untouched 94 yards for a TD.
Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17
Memphis, Tenn. — Tulsa avenged a loss to Iowa State earlier in the season by defeating the Cyclones in the rematch at a rainy Liberty Bowl behind Alex Singleton’s three touchdowns.
Trey Watts rushed for 149 yards and Singleton ran for his three scores.
The Golden Hurricane (11-3) posted the second 11-win season in school history. Tulsa, which has the smallest enrollment of any Football Bowl Subdivision program, also finished 11-3 in 2008.
Iowa State (6-7) rallied to beat Tulsa 38-23 on Sept. 1. In the bowl matchup, Tulsa trailed 17-7 after the first quarter.
Clemson 25, LSU 24
Atlanta — Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Trailing 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd completed a pass for 26 yards to DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive.
Catanzaro’s kick set off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands. Some players collapsed on the field in apparent disbelief while most of Clemson’s orange jerseys met in a midfield circle.
Hopkins, who had 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, also had receptions for 7 and 13 yards in the final drive. LSU safety Greg Reid was flagged for pass interference while defending Hopkins.