ORLANDO, Fla. – Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to help Virginia Tech beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday night.
Virginia Tech (7-6) won its third straight game to close the year and avoid its first losing season since 1992.
Rutgers (9-4) had a chance to tie it in overtime, but Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt to the right.
Virginia Tech trailed 10-0 at the half, then rallied in the final 30 minutes thanks to some timely turnovers and offense.
Quarterback Logan Thomas struggled in the first half and finished with a pair of interceptions, but also had 192 passing yards and the game’s only passing touchdown.
INDEPENDENCE BOWL: Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, Beau Blankenship ran for four scores, and Ohio cruised to a 45-14 victory at Shreveport, La.
Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats (9-4) won their second straight bowl game. Blankenship’s four rushing touchdowns set an Independence Bowl record.
Louisiana-Monroe (8-5) struggled in its first bowl game after 19 seasons in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Ohio broke several Independence Bowl records, including the 31-point margin of victory and 556 total yards.
OKLAHOMA: The Sooners suspended defensive tackle Stacy McGee after he was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol on Christmas Eve.
McGee was previously suspended for the first six games of the regular season.
TEXAS: The team reportedly sent home backup quarterback Case McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks from the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio for violating team rules.
NEVADA: Nevada coach Chris Ault, the winningest coach in school history with a record of 233-109-1, is retiring after 28 seasons leading the Wolf Pack.