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Troy Smith turns in MVP performance

COLLEGE BOWL GAMES The Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback completed 19 of 28 passes for a career-high 342 yards and ran for another 66 in 13 attempts


Vick played a major role in directing the comeback, which snapped a five-game winning streak for Louisville (9-3).

No. 13 Alabama 13,

No. 18 Texas Tech 10

At Dallas, Jamie Christensen barely made a low, spinning kick from a career-best 45 yards for No. 13 Alabama to edge No. 18 Texas Tech 13-10 in the last seconds of the Cotton Bowl.

Christensen had earlier missed from 39 yards, and was blocked from 38 but when it mattered most he booted over the winner.

Playing its record-stretching 53rd bowl game, Alabama added to another mark by winning for the 30th time. This one made the Crimson Tide 10-2 for the season, marking the 28th time they've hit double digits, extending yet another record.

Texas Tech (9-3) came in with the nation's top passing game at 403.6 per game, but was held to a season-low 226 yards against a speedy Alabama defense that was allowing a national-best 10.7 points per game.

Brodie Croyle, the leading passer in Tide history, was 19-of-31 for 275 yards (compared to 15-of-32 for 196 yards by Cody Hodges) and, most importantly, kept the ball for 38 minutes, 58 seconds, keeping his defense fresh and the Tech offense on the sideline.

No. 16 Florida 31, No. 25 Iowa 24

At Tampa, Florida, Chris Leak threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to lead 16th-ranked Florida in a 31-24 victory over No. 25 Iowa in the Outback Bowl.

Dallas Baker scored on receptions of 24 and 38 yards and finished with 10 catches for 147 yards for the Gators (9-3) as Urban Meyer matched Ray Graves (1960) and Steve Spurrier (1990) for most victories for a coach in his first season at Florida.

Drew Tate completed 32 of 55 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns. He rallied Iowa in the fourth quarter with TD throws of 4 and 14 yards to Ed Hinkel.

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