Sun, Jan 02, 2011 - Page 19 News List

Florida State take Chick-fil-A Bowl over S Carolina

AP, ATLANTA, Georgia

South Carolina Gamecock wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, right, fails to haul in a pass against the Florida State Seminoles’ Mike Harris and Greg Reid during the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Friday in Atlanta, Georgia.

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E.J. Manuel threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to stop a South Carolina comeback and lead Florida State to a 26-17 victory over the turnover-plagued Gamecocks in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Friday.

Chris Thompson ran for 147 yards and a touchdown, while Dustin Hopkins kicked four field goals for the Seminoles (10-4), who reached 10 wins for the first time since 2003. Hopkins tied his own school record for a bowl, and the four field goals also matched the Chick-fil-A Bowl record.

Manuel took over for senior quarterback Christian Ponder, who left early in the second quarter with a concussion. South Carolina lost running back Marcus Lattimore when he was hit hard on the Gamecocks’ first drive.

Manuel completed 11 of 15 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown and had seven carries for 46 yards. He was 7 for 7 passing on the fourth-quarter touchdown drive.

SUN BOWL

In El Paso, Texas, Brian Kelly became the first Notre Dame coach to win a bowl game in his first season, leading the Fighting Irish to a 33-17 victory over Miami.

Tommy Rees passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns to Michael Floyd, as Notre Dame (8-5) reached the end zone on three of their first four possessions.

Rees tossed touchdown passes of 3 yards and 34 yards to Floyd, while Cierre Wood broke free on a 34-yard scoring run before David Ruffer added field goals from 40 yards, 50 yards and 19 yards.

The Fighting Irish closed with four victories to cap an up-and-down season under Kelly. They beat Utah, Army and USC late, then handled Miami (7-6) easily for Notre Dame’s second straight postseason victory.

LIBERTY Bowl

In Memphis, Tennessee, Central Florida capped the best season in school history with the program’s first postseason victory with a 10-6 defeat of Georgia.

The Knights (11-3) had never won more than 10 games in a season and had lost their first three bowl games, including their last visit here in 2007.

Latavius Murray scored on a 10-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes, 1 second left to seal Central Florida’s win.

Meineke Bowl

In Charlotte, North Carolina, B.J. Daniels threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third as South Florida defeated Clemson 31-26.

Mo Plancher also ran for a score for the Bulls (8-5), who took control after Tigers quarterback Kyle Parker left at halftime with broken ribs. South Florida finished coach Skip Holtz’s first season with victory, secured their fifth straight eight-win season and earned their first bowl win over a team from a BCS automatic-qualifying league.

Clemson backup quarterback Tajh Boyd was picked off by JaQuez Jenkins on the first play of the fourth. His 48-yard return set up Daniels’ 8-yard touchdown run to make it 31-13 and gave the Tigers (6-7) their first losing season in 11 years.

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