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Perfect QB propels Wake past Navy

WASHINGTON — Riley Skinner found a perfect way to redeem himself. The junior went 11-for-11, including the go-ahead touchdown with 7:52 left, in Wake Forest's 29-19 win over Navy in Saturday's first EagleBank Bowl.

The previous record for accuracy at Wake (8-5) was 12-for-14 by Mike McGlamry in 1975. Skinner passed for 166 yards and completed a two-point conversion.

The game was a rematch from Sept. 27, when Navy (8-5) took advantage of five turnovers by Skinner — four interceptions and a fumble — to win 24-17.

"I think any quarterback who plays a football game like I had last time we played them … you want to come out and play them again and get revenge," Skinner said. "You don't want the (first) thing you think about when you think of Navy to be that game."

Navy led 13-0, but the momentum shifted when Alphonso Smith intercepted a pass at the Wake Forest 2. That gave Smith an ACC-record 21 interceptions.

"We tried to jump on them early just like last time," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "But Alphonso made a good play. He's done that against a lot of guys."

Las Vegas Bowl: Willie Tuitama threw for 322 yards and two scores to lead Arizona past No. 17 BYU 31-21. It's the first bowl win for the Wildcats (8-5) since the Holiday in 1998. BYU (10-3) finished with two losses, including 48-24 to unbeaten Utah.

New Mexico Bowl: Gartrell Johnson rushed for two touchdowns and 285 yards and had 90 receiving yards to lead Colorado State past Fresno State 40-35 in Albuquerque. The Bulldogs (7-6) led 28-20 in the fourth. But the Rams (7-6) sealed it on Johnson's 77-yard run with 1:46 left. "You can't say enough," Rams coach Steve Fairchild said of Johnson, whose 375 yards set a bowl record. "His numbers speak for him."

Division III final: Greg Micheli threw touchdowns of 55 and 41 yards to Cecil Shorts to lead Mount Union past Wisconsin-Whitewater 31-26 in Salem, Va. It's the Purple Raiders' 10th title over the past 16 seasons.

Iowa St.: Paul Rhoads, Auburn's defensive coordinator this season, was hired as Iowa State coach. He replaces Gene Chizik, who left to become Auburn's coach. Rhoads was Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator in 2000-07 and an assistant at Iowa State in 1995-99.

Virginia Tech: One starter is out and two questionable for the Orange Bowl. Left guard Nick Marshman won't play. He graduated but took the NCAA-required six credit hours and didn't pass. Defensive end Jason Worilds has a shoulder injury and linebacker Brett Warren a torn right ACL.

Volleyball: Penn State won its second straight national title, sweeping Stanford 25-20, 26-24, 25-23 in Omaha, Neb. Penn State (38-0) has won an NCAA-record 64 in a row dating to a September 2007 loss to Stanford. This season, it lost just two games.

Today's bowl game

New Orleans Bowl

Who: Troy (8-4) vs. Southern Miss (6-6)

When/where: 8 p.m.; Louisiana Superdome

TV: ESPN

Notable: Southern Miss won the teams' last meeting 42-19 on Sept. 3, 1977. … Troy's spread offense, averaging 421 yards, faces a defense that gave up a combined 21 points in its last three regular-season games. … Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora was an assistant on the Oklahoma State team that lost 41-23 at Troy in 2007.

Perfect QB propels Wake past Navy 12/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 1:14pm]
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