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.
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).