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Sport Bowl Briefs



Arizona 31, BYU 21

Willie Tuitama threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns as Arizona won its first bowl game in 10 years, 31-21 over No. 17-ranked BYU in college football’s Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. The Wildcats stifled BYU quarterback Max Hall throughout the game, forcing him to scramble often, lose a fumble and throw an interception. Arizona kept the ball in the air for most of the game. Tuitama threw a 71-yard pass to Terrell Turner that set up the first score, a 37-yard touchdown to Delashaun Dean that gave the Wildcats the lead for good, and a 24-yard strike to Chris Gronkowski that sent BYU fans toward the exits. Arizona’s career passing leader added a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 31-14 lead. BYU lost its bid to win three straight Las Vegas Bowls in four consecutive trips, ending a sloppy night with three missed field goals and 10 penalties for 76 yards.


CSU Rams 40, Bulldogs 35

At Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gartrell Johnson rushed for a career-high 285 yards and scored two touchdowns as Colorado State won its first bowl since 2001. Johnson’s 77-yard touchdown with 1:46 remaining ignited a celebration by fans who made the seven-hour drive from Fort Collins, Colorado. Johnson added 90 yards receiving for 375 total yards, setting a Football Bowl Subdivision record for the most combined yards rushing and receiving in a postseason game. His yards rushing were the second-most ever in a bowl, trailing only a 307-yard effort by P.J. Daniels of Georgia Tech at the 2004 Humanitarian Bowl. It was also the second-best rushing performance in school history. Fresno State led 28-20 early in the fourth quarter but Colorado State took its first lead at 33-28 when Billy Farris threw a 69-yard touchdown to Rashaun Greer with seven minutes left.


Wake Forest 29, Navy 19

At Washington, Riley Skinner found a perfect way to obliterate the miserable memory of his painful performance against Navy earlier this season. Skinner went 11-for-11 and threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to Ben Wooster with 7:52 left, leading Wake Forest to a comeback victory in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl. The previous school record for accuracy was a 12-for-14 effort by Mike McGlamry in 1975. Skinner added a completion on a conversion attempt and finished with 166 yards passing. It was a rematch of a September game played at Wake Forest, where Navy took advantage of five turnovers by Skinner _ four interceptions and a fumble — to pull off a 24-17 upset.


S Florida 41, Memphis 14

At St. Petersburg, Florida, Matt Grothe moved ahead of West Virginia’s Pat White as the Big East’s career total offense leader, throwing for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Grothe and White, who will finish his season in the Meineke Bowl on Saturday, are the only players in league history to amass more than 10,000 yards total offense. White has 10,142 in 49 games, and Grothe, who also rushed for 82 yards on 15 carries on Saturday, finished with 10,214 in 39 games. USF scored on four of its first five possessions to build a 24-14 halftime lead, forcing Memphis to play catch-up and essentially taking 1,000-yard rusher Curtis Steele out of its game plan. He was held to 48 yards on 12 attempts. Memphis’ Arkelon Hall threw for one touchdown and ran for another.

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