LSU routs Ga. Tech

college football bowl roundup

Tigers win Chick-fil-A Bowl, 38-3

Ore. State beats Pitt, 3-0, in Sun Bowl

January 01, 2009|By From Sun news services

Charles Scott ran for three touchdowns and LSU took advantage of Georgia Tech's special teams mistakes in a surprisingly easy 38-3 win over the Yellow Jackets in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last night in Atlanta.

LSU outscored the No. 14 Yellow Jackets 28-0 in the second quarter and led 35-3 at halftime. Scott, who rushed for 65 yards, had two touchdowns in the decisive quarter.

A year after winning the national championship, LSU (8-5) lost three of its final four regular-season games but regrouped for a dominant bowl victory over Georgia Tech (9-4), which is coached by Paul Johnson, a former Navy coach.

The biggest special teams plays all fell in LSU's favor. The Tigers recovered an onside kick and a fumbled punt return by Georgia Tech and made a fourth-down stop on the Yellow Jackets' surprising fake-punt play from their own 22-yard line.

LSU turned the fumbled punt and stop on the fake-punt play into quick touchdowns.

No. 24 Oregon State 3, No. 18 Pittsburgh 0: : In the lowest-scoring major bowl game in a half-century, the Beavers (9-4) shut down the Panthers (9-4) in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, needing only Justin Kahut's 44-yard field goal late in the first half.

The defensive struggle included 20 punts and 10 sacks. Not since Air Force and Texas Christian played to a 0-0 tie in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1959, had a bowl produced so few points.

Oregon State improved to 5-0 in bowls since coach Mike Riley began his second stint as the team's coach in 2003. Pitt managed just 178 total yards.

It was the lowest-scoring Sun Bowl since a scoreless tie in 1940 between Catholic and Arizona State.

The Beavers played without their spectacular brothers, tailback Jacquizz Rodgers and wide receiver James Rodgers, both out with shoulder injuries.

Vanderbilt 16, Boston College 14:: The Commodores won a bowl game for the first time in exactly 53 years, with Bryant Hahnfeldt kicking a 45-yard field goal with 3:26 left for a win over the Eagles in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

Vanderbilt hadn't even played in a bowl since 1982, and the victory gave the Commodores (7-6) their first winning season since then, too.

Boston College's eight-game bowl winning streak, the nation's longest, ended. The Eagles (9-5) also missed a chance at finishing with at least 10 wins for a third straight season.

The bowl win was the Commodores' first since the 1955 Gator Bowl.

Kansas 42, Minnesota 21: : Dezmon Briscoe caught a game-record 14 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Reesing threw for four scores as the Jayhawks (8-5) defeated the Gophers (7-6) in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Reesing was 27-for-35 for 313 yards and improved to 20-6 as a starter. He was intercepted once.

Houston 34, Air Force 28: : Case Keenum ran for two touchdowns and threw for one, and the Cougars (8-5) wrapped up coach Kevin Sumlin's first season with a victory over the Falcons (8-5) in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, for their first bowl victory since 1980.

Houston ended an eight-game bowl losing streak, avoiding a record the Cougars didn't want to share with Notre Dame. The Irish won the Hawaii Bowl last week to end their NCAA-record bowl skid at nine.

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