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Roundup: Auburn wins Chick-fil-A Bowl

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Virginia’s LaRoy Reynolds tries to drag down Kiehl Frazier, who scored a pair of TDs in Auburn’s Chick fil-A Bowl win.

Playing without its top quarterback and running back, Auburn used tandems at each position to set a season scoring high and beat Virginia, 43-24, in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last night in Atlanta.

Auburn (8-5) was without running back Mike Dyer, who was suspended for an undisclosed rules violation. Quarterback Clint Moseley left with an ankle injury early in the first quarter.

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Onterio McCalebb, who said this week he wanted to “show everybody I can do it all,’’ scored on a 3-yard run and 25-yard catch while starting for Dyer. McCalebb had 109 yards rushing. Tre Mason added 64 yards rushing, including a 22-yard scoring run. Barrett Trotter passed for 175 yards and a touchdown while sharing time with Kiehl Frazier, who ran for two touchdowns.

Kris Burd caught two touchdown passes for Virginia (8-5).

Utah 30, Georgia Tech 27 - John White plowed into the end zone from 8 yards out in overtime to lift the Utes past the Yellow Jackets in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

Justin Moore kicked a 34-yard field goal in Georgia Tech’s overtime possession to take a 3-point lead, but White finished a 115-yard rushing day with the winning score on his 26th carry.

The Utes (8-5) tied it in regulation when Jon Hays hit DeVonte Christopher with a 28-yard touchdown pass on fourth and 14 with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Yellow Jackets (8-5) drove to the Utah 31 with two seconds left, but David Scully missed a 48-yard field goal attempt as time expired.

Georgia Tech’s Preston Lyons, who came in with only 39 carries, rushed for a career-best 140 yards on 18 attempts.

Cincinnati 31, Vanderbilt 24 - Isaiah Pead ran for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Ralph David Abernathy IV’s 90-yard kickoff return early in the fourth quarter put the Bearcats ahead to stay in their Liberty Bowl victory over the Commodores in Memphis.

Cincinnati (10-3), the co-Big East Conference champ, had to work to put away Vanderbilt (6-7), a team that tied for fourth in the Southeastern Conference, despite forcing three turnovers. The Commodores led, 21-17, when Abernathy became the first Cincinnati player to return a kickoff for a TD in the program’s 13 bowl appearances.

Texas A&M 33, Northwestern 22 - Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a TD and Ben Malena ran for two scores to lead the Aggies in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston.

Northwestern led, 7-3, early in the second quarter before A&M reeled off 27 straight points to take a decisive lead and then survived a late rally to capture its first bowl victory since 2001. Texas A&M (7-6) broke a five-game bowl losing streak in a win the team dedicated to fired coach Mike Sherman and lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who was killed in a car accident Dec. 22.

Northwestern (6-7) hasn’t won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, a span of nine losses.

Illinois 20, UCLA 14 - Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for Illinois’s first TD in the third quarter, and the Illini (7-6) snapped a six-game losing streak by beating the Bruins in the Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco. Kevin Prince threw two TD passes for UCLA (6-8).

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