Defensive tackle Ventrell Jenkins returned a fumble 56 yards for a TD with 3:02 left to give Kentucky� a 25--19 victory over East Carolina� in the Liberty Bowl. "Two moves in one: a stiff-arm and a high step," said Jenkins. "Next thing I know, I'm in the end zone with my teammates on top of me."
Returning to his hometown of Shreveport, La., for the Independence Bowl, Louisiana Tech� cornerback Weldon Brown earned defensive MVP honors with a career-high 14 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception in a 17--10 win over Northern Illinois?.
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Donald Brown, the nation's leading rusher, ran for a career-high 261 yards as Connecticut? beat Buffalo? 38--20 in the International Bowl. Afterward the Huskies' first All-America selection announced he would declare for the NFL draft.
Last fall Shonn Greene was making $8 an hour working in a furniture warehouse while attending community college to improve his grades. After rushing for 121 yards and three touchdowns to lead Iowa? to a 31--10 victory over South Carolina? in the Outback Bowl, the Doak Walker Award winner said he will enter the draft.
Throughout the buildup to its PapaJohns.com Bowl matchup with Rutgers?, defenders from North Carolina State? emphasized the importance of keeping wideout Kenny Britt in check. Midway through the fourth quarter the 6'4", 215-pound junior scored the winning touchdown on a 42-yard slant route. Five days after the Scarlet Knights' 29--23 victory, Britt declared for the NFL draft.
Caught on camera during pregame preparations at the Emerald Bowl, Cal? linebacker Zack Follett urged tailback Jahvid Best to "run all over [ Miami?] on national TV." That's exactly what Best did, rushing for an Emerald Bowl--record 186 yards and two TDs in a 24--17 victory.
One of seven Terrapins benched for the start of the Humanitarian Bowl for violating curfew, Da'Rel Scott ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the final 20 minutes as Maryland? beat Nevada? 42--35.