Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl Monday night in Atlanta.
Trailing, 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd completed a pass for 26 yards to DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive.
Catanzaro’s kick set off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands. Some players collapsed on the field in apparent disbelief while most of Clemson’s orange jerseys met in a midfield circle.
Hopkins, who had 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, also had receptions for 7 and 13 yards in the final drive. LSU safety Greg Reid was flagged for pass interference while defending Hopkins.
Georgia Tech 21, Southern Cal 7 — Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help the Yellow Jackets beat the Trojans in the Sun Bowl in El Paso.
Washington’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third made it 14-7, and he found Orwin Smith for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth in front of a crowd of 47,922 at Sun Bowl Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets (7-7) rushed for 294 yards on 63 carries while stopping a seven-bowl losing streak. They also erased some of the sting from last season’s Sun Bowl, when they squandered a 24-10 fourth-quarter lead in an overtime loss to Utah.
Southern California (7-6), which was ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season, played without injured quarterback Matt Barkley. Max Wittek tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Silas Redd in the second quarter, but he also threw three interceptions.
USC became the first preseason No. 1 team to lose six games. It’s also all but assured of becoming the first school to enter the season on top of The Associated Press poll and finish unranked since Mississippi in 1964.
Vanderbilt 38, N.C. State 24 — Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Commodores capped their best season since 1915 by beating the Wolfpack in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
Vanderbilt finished 9-4 for its best record since a 9-1 finish 97 years ago, and it’s only the third time the smallest and only private university in the Southeastern Conference has won as many as nine games in a season. It also finished with seven straight wins, its longest streak since winning eight in 1948.
Vanderbilt forced a season-high five turnovers, including four in the first half, and turned those into 17 points.
N.C. State (7-6) wrapped up the season under interim coach Dana Bible, snapping a two-game bowl winning streak. The Wolfpack had their fifth game this season with at least four turnovers, and that helped wipe out a 424-225 advantage in total offense. Bible was filling in for Tom O’Brien, who was fired after the regular season.
Tulsa 31, Iowa St. 17 — Trey Watts rushed for 149 yards, Alex Singleton ran for three scores, and the Golden Hurricane avenged a season-opening loss to the Cyclones in the rainy Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
Tulsa’s defense recorded five sacks, forced three turnovers, and held Iowa State scoreless over the final three quarters as the Golden Hurricane erased an early 10-point deficit. Tulsa (11-3) posted the second 11-win season in school history.
Iowa State (6-7) rallied to beat Tulsa, 38-23, on Sept. 1, but the Golden Hurricane put together the comeback in the rematch. Tulsa trailed, 17-7, at the end of the first quarter.