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Auburn, Cincinnati, Illinois, Utah, Texas A&M Win Bowl Games

January 01, 2012

Jan. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Kiehl Frazier and Onterio McCalebb each scored two touchdowns in Auburn University’s 43-24 victory over the University of Virginia in college football’s Chick-fil- A Bowl.

In other games yesterday, the University of Cincinnati defeated Vanderbilt University 31-24 in the Liberty Bowl, and the University of Illinois beat the University of California, Los Angeles, 20-14 in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. The University of Utah triumphed over Georgia Tech 30-27 in overtime in the Sun Bowl, and Texas A&M University defeated Northwestern University to win 33-22 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.

At the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Frazier scored on 3-yard and 1-yard sprints in the first half, while McCalebb rushed three yards and caught a 25-yard pass from Barrett Trotter for the Tigers (8-5). Auburn out-rushed the Cavaliers 273 yards to 123 yards.

Michael Rocco connected twice with Kris Burd on 27-yard and 6-yard passes to give Virginia (8-5) a 14-7 lead two minutes into the second quarter until McCalebb and Frazier scored to give Auburn a 21-14 lead. Cody Parkey added two field goals for the Tigers.

At Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, Isaiah Pead ran 12 yards with less than two minutes left in the game to cement Cincinnati’s victory. The Bearcats (10-3), down by three a minute into the fourth quarter, rallied on Ralph Abernathy’s 90- yard scoring kickoff return and Pead’s run.

Scoring Run

Jerron Seymour’s 5-yard scoring run for Vanderbilt in the third quarter tied the score at 14-14. Larry Smith threw a 68- yard pass to Chris Boyd one minute into the fourth as the Commodores took a 21-17 lead. Ryan Fowler ended the scoring with a 35-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the game.

At AT&T Park in San Francisco, Nathan Scheelhaase threw a 60-year touchdown pass to A.J. Jenkins to clinch the victory for Illinois (7-6). The Illini were behind 7-3 at the half after a scoreless first quarter. Terry Hawthorne put Illinois ahead with 43 seconds left in the third quarter with a 39-yard interception return.

Derek Dimke added his second field goal in the fourth and Jenkins scored. The Bruins (6-8) ended the scoring when Kevin Prince hit Nelson Rosario for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds left in the game.

Sun Bowl

At the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, Utah’s John White IV ran eight yards for a touchdown after Georgia Tech’s Justin Moore snapped the 24-24 tie with a 34-yard field goal during overtime.

Georgia Tech (8-5), behind 10-7 at the half, monopolized the third quarter with a 32-yard field goal by Moore, a 31-year scoring pass by Tevin Washington to Stephen Hill and Quayshawn Nealy’s 74-yard interception to take a 24-10 lead.

Utah (8-5) rallied in the fourth to tie the game with two touchdown passes by Jon Hays to Kendrick Moeai and DeVonte Christopher.

Hays completed 15 of 31 passing attempts for 193 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the Utes. Washington completed 11 of 15 passing attempts for 137 yards and one touchdown.

At Reliant Stadium in Houston, Ben Malena ran for two touchdowns and Randy Bullock kicked four field goals to put the game out of reach for the rallying Northwestern (6-7).

The Aggies had a 30-7 lead at the end of the third quarter before the Wildcats scored two touchdowns and completed a 2- point conversion in the fourth quarter to move within 30-22 with 5:22 left in the game. Bullock kicked a 31-yard field goal with 30 seconds left to ensure the victory for Texas A&M (7-6).

Ryan Tannehill completed 27 of 40 passing attempts for 329 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Texas A&M. Dan Persa connected on 25 of 37 passing attempts for 213 yards, while Kain Coulter completed two passing attempts, including the fourth-quarter touchdown.

--Editor: Paul Tighe

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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