Auburn Edges Clemson In Overtime
A Tribune wire reportATLANTA - Auburn showed off more than a new offense Monday night.
Published: January 1, 2008
Published: January 1, 2008
Auburn also found a new quarterback.
Freshman quarterback Kodi Burns threw for a touchdown and scored on a 7-yard run in overtime to lead Auburn to a 23-20 victory against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
After Mark Buchholz kicked a 25-yard field goal on Clemson's opening possession of overtime, Burns scored on a spinning run on a third-and-3 play.
Auburn's starting quarterback, Brandon Cox, ran for a first down on a fourth-and-1 play from the 16 to keep Auburn's overtime possession alive.
Cullen Harper was only 12-for-29 passing for 91 yards as Clemson was held to 11 first downs and 276 yards in regulation.
Burns played behind Cox as Auburn played its first game in the spread offense installed by new offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, who was hired after the regular season.
Burns threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Mario Fannin for his only completion of the game and had 13 carries for 69 yards, including the winning run.
No. 22 Auburn (9-4) denied No. 15 Clemson (9-4) its first 10-win season since 1990.
C.J. Spiller had eight carries for 112 yards for Clemson, including an 83-yard touchdown run.
Oklahoma St. Rolls Past Indiana At Insight Bowl
TEMPE, Ariz. - Zac Robinson threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, leading Oklahoma State to a 49-33 Insight Bowl victory against Indiana on Monday night.
A sophomore making his 11th college start, Robinson completed 24 of 34 passes for 302 yards. He also threw an interception.
Dantrell Savage ran for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (7-6, 4-4 Big 12), who matched their season-high point total.
The loss capped an emotional year for the Hoosiers (7-6, 3-5 Big Ten), whose coach, Terry Hoeppner, died of complications a brain tumor in June. Kellen Lewis passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 83 yards and another touchdown for the Hoosiers in their first postseason appearance since 1993.
In last year's Insight Bowl, Texas Tech staged the biggest bowl comeback in major-college history on the same field, rallying from a 38-7 third-quarter deficit to stun Minnesota 44-41 in overtime.
This time, the Cowboys sprinted to a 35-10 halftime lead and were never threatened.
California Erases Deficit, Rallies To Beat Air Force
FORT WORTH, Texas - DeSean Jackson and Robert Jordan had touchdown catches to help California erase a three-TD deficit sustained while the starting receivers watched from the sideline, and the Bears rallied to beat Air Force 42-36 in the Armed Forces Bowl.
California (7-6), ranked No. 2 in the nation in October before losing six of seven games, managed to finish with its sixth straight winning season.
Jackson, Jordan and leading tackler Thomas DeCoud were held out of the starting lineup and didn't play the first quarter because of unspecified violations of team rules that occurred before the team got to Fort Worth for the bowl.
Helped by a botched kickoff, Air Force (9-4) led 21-0 after scoring twice in a 2-minute span early in the second quarter - before Jackson and Jordan even got on the field.
But Jackson made an acrobatic 40-yard TD catch to cap his first drive, and Jordan had an 18-yard scoring grab in the third quarter. Jordan finished with six catches for 148 yards, and Jackson caught five passes for 81 yards.
Justin Forsett, playing his final collegiate game only about half-hour from his home with about 300 family and friends watching, ran for 140 yards and two TDs on 23 carries. His 1-yard score with 1:33 left in the third quarter gave the Bears their first lead and put them ahead for good at 28-27. He added a 21-yard TD on Cal's next drive.
Fresno St. Still Unbeaten Vs. ACC In Bowl Games
BOISE, Idaho - Add Georgia Tech - again - to Fresno State's list of conquests from BCS conferences.
Add Jon Tenuta to the list of winless interim coaches this postseason.
Clifton Smith rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns, Tom Brandstater threw for a score and ran for another and the Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech 40-28 in the Humanitarian Bowl.
Fresno State's offense was surprisingly unstoppable against a Yellow Jackets defense that was among the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and led the country in sacks during the regular season with 47.
But Fresno State's offensive line kept Brandstater off his feet, and even when Georgia Tech (7-6) got a little heat on the junior, he showed the ability to escape the pocket and keep plays alive.
After punting on its opening possession, the Bulldogs (9-4) scored 27 straight points, taking a 34-14 lead midway through the third quarter, when Brandstater used an escort from tight end Bear Pascoe for a 24-yard touchdown run.
It's Fresno State's second bowl win against Georgia Tech; the Bulldogs beat the Yellow Jackets 30-21 in the 2002 Silicon Valley Football Classic, and it made Fresno State 3-0 against the ACC in bowls.