Virginia Tech converts in OT

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The football falls harmlessly between Louisiana-Monroe wide receiver Tavarese Maye (8) and Ohio safety Nathan Carpenter (35) during the Independence Bowl on Friday in Shreveport, La. Ohio won 45-14 behind 331 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Tyler Tettleton.

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ORLANDO, Fla.

Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to help Virginia Tech beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday night.

Virginia Tech (7-6) won its third consecutive game to avoid its first losing season since 1992.

Rutgers (9-4) had a chance to tie it in overtime, but Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt to the right.

Virginia Tech trailed 10-0 at the half, then rallied in the final 30 minutes thanks to some timely turnovers and explosive offense.

Quarterback Logan Thomas struggled in the first and finished with a pair of interceptions, but also had 192 passing yards and the game’s only passing touchdown.

Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum, selected the most valuable player of the game, picked off Gary Nova’s pass early in the fourth quarter to set up the tying score – Thomas’ 21-yard pass to Corey Fuller with 10:56 left as steady rain began to fall.

Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31

HOUSTON – D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards, and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech a comeback victory over Minnesota on Friday night in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Seth Doege found Eric Ward on a short pass, and he outran a defender for a 35-yard scoring play to tie it at 31 with just more than a minute remaining.

Michael Carter intercepted two of Doege’s passes in the fourth quarter before the tying score, but Minnesota couldn’t convert either of the turnovers into points.

The Red Raiders (8-5) got their third consecutive bowl win.

Ohio 45, Louisiana-Monroe 14

SHREVEPORT, La. – Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, Beau Blankenship scored four touchdowns, and Ohio cruised past Louisiana-Monroe at the Independence Bowl on Friday.

Chase Cochran caught three passes for 162 yards and a touchdown as the Bobcats (9-4) won their second consecutive bowl game.

Blankenship’s four rushing touchdowns set an Independence Bowl record. He added 104 yards rushing.

Tettleton especially was sharp in the first half, completing 9 of 14 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio built a 24-7 lead.

Louisiana-Monroe (8-5) struggled in its first bowl game after 19 seasons in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Kolton Browning completed 21 of 39 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns but also threw three first-half interceptions.

Ohio broke several Independence Bowl records, including the 31-point margin of victory and 556 total yards.

Ohio lost four of five games to end the regular season – including the last three – but looked crisp in a complete performance against the Warhawks.

Baylor 49, UCLA 26

SAN DIEGO – Routing the UCLA Bruins almost seemed like a sidelight for Baylor Bears quarterback Nick Florence.

Nabbing one of Robert Griffin III’s school records? Now that was a big deal.

The Bears overwhelmed the No. 17 Bruins in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night as Florence threw for two scores and ran for another. Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns.

Florence completed 10 of 13 passes for 188 yards, giving him 4,309 for the season to break RG3’s school record of 4,293 set in his 2011 Heisman Trophy-winning season.

Baylor (8-5) won its final four games and five of six.

Lache Seastrunk rushed 16 times for 138 yards and one score for Baylor, which outgained UCLA 494-362. The Bears came in leading the nation in total offense with 578.8 yards per game.

Baylor’s defense came up big, too. The Bears sacked Brett Hundley six times, including two by Chris McAllister, and shut down UCLA’s career rushing leader Johnathan Franklin.

Overall, the Bruins gained only 33 yards on 28 carries. They came in having averaged 202.9 yards rushing.

Hundley was 26 of 50 for 329 yards and three touchdowns to set UCLA’s season passing record with 3,740 yards.

UCLA (9-5) lost its final three.

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