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1/2/09 College Football Bowl Summary
International Bowl - South Florida 27, Northern Illinois 3

TORONTO (AP) -- Mike Ford ran for a career-high 207 yards and scored one touchdown, B.J. Daniels threw two scoring passes to A.J. Love, and South Florida beat Northern Illinois 27-3 in the International Bowl.

Carlton Mitchell caught six passes for 94 yards for the Bulls, who won back-to-back bowls for the first time. South Florida beat Memphis 41-14 in last year's St. Petersburg Bowl, part of a streak of five straight bowl appearances.

South Florida scored 24 unanswered points in the second half after the teams traded field goals in a dreary first half.

Ford had just one carry in the first half, an 18-yard gain in the second quarter. He broke out in the third, rushing 12 times for 106 yards, then capped his day with a 24-yard scoring run in the final quarter.

Cotton Bowl - Mississippi 21, No. 21 Oklahoma State 7

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Dexter McCluster gave Mississippi fans a finale to remember, rushing for 184 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 2-yard run on a direct snap with 4:03 left as the Rebels beat No. 21 Oklahoma State 21-7 in the Cotton Bowl.

McCluster also had an 86-yard TD run in the second quarter after the senior had already become the first Southeastern Conference player with 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in the same season.

Ole Miss (9-4) had five turnovers in the game, but Oklahoma State had six in the fourth quarter, and seven overall.

The Rebels failed to capitalize on Kendrick Lewis' two interceptions, but McCluster scored after a fumble to break a 7-7 tie. Patrick Trahan picked up another fumble and returned it 36 yards for a touchdown less than a minute later, then intercepted a deflected fourth-down pass by Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson on the next drive.

The Cowboys (9-4) missed a chance for their first 10-win season since 1988.

Papajohns.com Bowl - Connecticut 20, South Carolina 7

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) --- Andre Dixon rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown and resilient Connecticut ended a trying season with a 20-7 victory over South Carolina in the Papajohns.com Bowl.

The Huskies (8-5) are 3-1 in bowl games since moving up to Division I-A (now FBS) in 2002. They won their final three regular-season games and overcame the October stabbing death of cornerback Jasper Howard to reach a bowl.

UConn made the most of the trip. The nation's 95th-rated pass defense throttled South Carolina (7-6) and quarterback Stephen Garcia while relying on Dixon's 33 carries to control the ball.

Dixon was the Most Valuable Player and joined teammate Jordan Todman as 1,000-yard rushers, the first time two UConn backs have surpassed that mark in a season.

Garcia completed just 16 of 38 passes for 129 yards while gaining 56 yards on 15 carries.

Liberty Bowl - Arkansas 20, East Carolina 17, OT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Alex Tejada kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to give Arkansas a 20-17 win in the Liberty Bowl after East Carolina's Ben Hartman missed two field goal attempts late in regulation and another in the extra session.

Hartman missed from 39 yards with 1:03 remaining and from the same distance on the final play, then missed from 35 in overtime. Tejada, who has struggled with kicks in pressure situations himself, made his attempt to end the game.

Arkansas won despite going 0 of 13 on third down.

Alamo Bowl - Texas Tech 41, Michigan State 31

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Mike Leach would've loved a game like this. Texas Tech celebrated this win without him.

Finally, the Red Raiders could unwind a little.

With everyone still talking about their fired head coach, the Red Raiders blocked out the distractions and rallied to beat Michigan State 41-31 in a shootout at the Alamo Bowl on Saturday after a week that left Texas Tech in turmoil.

Backup QB Steven Sheffield relieved starter Taylor Potts and drove the Red Raiders 77 yards in eight plays for the go-ahead touchdown. Sheffield hit Detron Lewis on an 11-yard TD pass with 5:03 left for the winning touchdown. Lewis caught 10 passes for 114 yards and the go-ahead TD.

Texas Tech fired Leach on Wednesday after allegations that he mistreated Adam James. The wide receiver got a hostile reception all night from the crowd, who booed James so loud that it drowned out the marching band at halftime.

But when it was over, there were only cheers. The crowd chanted "Ruffin!" in a thank-you to Texas Tech's interim coach who navigated the Red Raiders through a week the school is desperate to forget.

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