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TCU bests Iowa State in Houston

AP , HOUSTON, TEXAS

Iowa State's R.J. Sumrall, front, catches a pass for a first down in front of TCU's Jeremy Modkins during the second quarter of the Houston Bowl in Texas on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

Peter LoCoCo kicked a 44-yard field goal with less than six minutes remaining to give No. 14 TCU a 27-24 win over Iowa State in the Houston Bowl on Saturday.

The win extended TCU's winning streak to 10 games, the third-longest in the nation behind No. 1 USC (34) and No. 2 Texas (19).

LoCoCo's field goal was TCU's only score in the second half after the Horned Frogs built a 24-17 halftime lead.

The Mountain West champion Horned Frogs were out to prove themselves after being snubbed by the BCS. TCU has the best record among teams from non-BCS conferences.

Tulsa 31, Fresno State 24

At Memphis, Tennessee, Paul Smith ran 4 yards for the winning touchdown with 2:55 remaining, and Tulsa's defense had two key fourth-quarter interceptions in a victory over Fresno State in the Liberty Bowl.

Smith, the game's MVP, finished 18-of-27 passing for 234 yards with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Ashlan Davis, but made his biggest play on the ground when he scrambled around three Fresno State defenders and into the end zone to secure Tulsa's first bowl victory since 1991.

Defensive back Anthony Germany set up that play by picking off Paul Pinegar's pass with just under 7 minutes remaining. Smith then led Tulsa on the decisive eight-play, 52-yard drive.

Fresno State had one final chance to force overtime and Pinegar drove the Bulldogs to the Tulsa 42 before his pass toward the sideline was picked off by linebacker Nelson Coleman.

NC State 14, South Florida 0

At Charlotte, North Carolina, using stout defense and just enough offense to get the job done, North Carolina State capped its late-season rally with a win over South Florida in the Meineke Bowl.

Brian Clark caught a 9-yard touchdown pass and Andre Brown scored on a 1-yard run for the Wolfpack.

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