? Oregon State and its second-ranked rushing defense
held Maryland to two yards on the ground through three quarters, and 19
overall, in a 21--14 Emerald Bowl win.
? Hawaii entered its Sugar Bowl matchup with Georgia as
the only undefeated team in the country, but the Warriors showed they weren't
ready for the big time. Pressuring quarterback Colt Brennan (above) repeatedly,
Georgia had eight sacks and forced six turnovers in a 41--10 victory.
? Rose Bowl officials wanted their traditional matchup
between the Big Ten and the Pac-10, so three-loss Illinois made its first trip
to Pasadena since 1984. The Illini were 49--17 losers to USC, which finished
with a record 633 yards of total offense and matched the Rose Bowl high for
points. The defense, led by linebackers Keith Rivers (right, 55) and Rey
Maualuga (58), had five sacks, forced six fumbles and intercepted two passes.
It was the game's most lopsided finish since the Illini were pounded 45--9 by
? All-America cornerback Aqib Talib returned an
interception 60 yards for a touchdown as Kansas, making its first Orange Bowl
appearance since 1969, held off Virginia Tech 24--21. It was the eighth
consecutive loss for an ACC team in a BCS game.
? Fresno State piled up 571 yards against the nation's
11th-ranked defense in a 40--28 victory over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian
Bowl. The Bulldogs improved to 3--0 in bowls against ACC teams.
First and Long
? New Mexico blanked Nevada 23--0 in the New Mexico
Bowl, winning its first postseason game since the 1961 Aviation Bowl and
shutting out the Wolfpack for the first time in 329 games, dating to 1980.
? Winning a bowl in consecutive seasons for the first
time since 1951 and '52, Kentucky held off Florida State 35--28 in the Music
City Bowl. It was Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden's first loss in nine December