December 29, 2012

College Football: Virginia Tech triumphs in OT

The Associated Press

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.

SATURDAY’S BOWL GAMES

ARMED FORCES BOWL: Rice (6-6) vs. Air Force (6-6), 11:45 a.m., at Fort Worth, Texas (ESPN)

PINSTRIPE BOWL: Syracuse (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5), 3:15 p.m., at New York (ESPN)

FIGHT HUNGER BOWL: Arizona State (7-5) vs. Navy (8-4), 4 p.m., at San Francisco (ESPN2)

ALAMO BOWL: Texas (8-4) vs. Oregon State (9-3),6:45 p.m., at San Antonio (ESPN)

BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL: Michigan State (6-6) vs. TCU (7-5), 10:15 p.m., at Tempe, Ariz. (ESPN)

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.

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