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Football Frenzy
January 12, 2009
Who was hot and who wasn't in the busiest postseason ever, along with a sneak peek at who will be on the rise� and on the decline� in 2009
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January 12, 2009

Football Frenzy

Who was hot and who wasn't in the busiest postseason ever, along with a sneak peek at who will be on the rise� and on the decline� in 2009

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Vanderbilt� edged Boston College� 16--14 in the Music City Bowl, 53 years to the day after the Commodores' last bowl victory.

Arizona� won its first bowl game since 1998 as senior QB Willie Tuitama completed 24 of 35 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns and added a six-yard TD scamper to lead the Wildcats to a 31--21 victory over BYU� in the Las Vegas Bowl.

ONE-TWO PUNCHES

Behind dual-threat quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (106 yards and three TDs rushing, 258 yards and one TD passing), Oregon� stormed past Oklahoma State� 42--31 in the Holiday Bowl. Ducks tailback Jeremiah Johnson added 119 yards as Oregon pounded out 307 rushing yards.

Wideout Jeremy Maclin, who earlier had scored on a 75-yard punt return, hauled in the last pass of Chase Daniel's career for a TD, then watched his roommate, linebacker Sean Witherspoon (17 tackles), get in on a key sack as Missouri� beat Northwestern� 30--23 in overtime in the Alamo Bowl.

Returning to his home state, Jevan Snead threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns, and Dexter McCluster had 180 yards from scrimmage as Mississippi� upset Texas Tech� 47--34 in the Cotton Bowl.

Wake Forest� quarterback Riley Skinner, who completed all 11 of his passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, was the MVP of the Demon Deacons' 29--19 victory over Navy� in the EagleBank Bowl, but he got a lot of help from Kevin Harris. With the Deacs' top two tailbacks hampered by injuries, Harris (who had carried the ball nine times all season) rumbled for 136 yards on 24 rushes.

ON THE DEFENSIVE

TCU� limited Boise State� to 28 rushing yards and 250 total yards en route to a 17--16 victory in the Poinsettia Bowl, prompting Boise wideout Vinny Perretta to say, "Those guys are freaks."

Nebraska� held Clemson� to four yards rushing and turned back the Tigers at the 10 in the final minute for a 26--21 victory in the Gator Bowl.

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