South Carolina pulled out a 31-28 victory over Ohio State in the Outback Bowl when Daniel Weaver's 42-yard field goal practically scraped the paint off the back of the crossbar as time expired. Other would-be last-second heroes came up short.
?With his team trailing Alabama 14-13, Iowa State kicker Tony Yelk, who had made two field goals and kept putting the Crimson Tide in bad field position with his booming kickoffs, missed a 47-yarder with 51 seconds remaining in the Independence Bowl. The field goal attempt, which had plenty of distance and appeared in TV replays to pass directly over the right upright, left Alabama fans relieved and Cyclones fans arguing that the boot was good.
?After Iowa went ahead 19-16 on Texas Tech in the Alamo Bowl, the Red Raiders took over at their own 10-yard line with 39 seconds remaining. Texas Tech junior quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, who threw for 309 yards but was intercepted three times in the game, moved the Red Raiders to their 49, but Hawkeyes safety Bob Sanders intercepted his last-second Hail Mary pass attempt in the end zone.
? Cincinnati running back Ray Jackson couldn't hold on to Gino Guidugli's fourth down pass from the Toledo five with 56 seconds left in the Motor City Bowl. Jackson had the ball in his hands in the end zone, but Rockets safety Andy Boyd knocked it loose. "My senior year. My last game. Maybe my last play," said a dejected Jackson. "I should have made the play." Toledo, which out-rushed Cincinnati 322-13, held on to win 23-16.