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Hokies' Beamer goes out a winner after wild one

SHREVEPORT, La. — Michael Brewer threw for 344 yards and Isaiah Ford had 227 yards receiving as coach Frank Beamer won his final game at Virginia Tech, 55-52 over Tulsa on Saturday night in the Independence Bowl.

Beamer, 69, announced in November he would retire after the season. He finished 238-121-2 at Virginia Tech over 29 seasons.

Virginia Tech (7-6) was playing in a bowl for the 23rd straight season.

Senior defensive end Dadi Nicholas sacked Dane Evans on fourth down to end Tulsa's final drive with 1:12 remaining.

Keyarris Garrett had 137 receiving yards for the Golden Hurricane (6-7), giving him the Division I-A lead for the season with 1,588 yards.

Tech led 45-31 at halftime; the 76 combined points set a record for either half in any bowl game. But Tulsa rallied to pull to 55-52 with 3:47 left.

Pinstripe Bowl: Ross Martin hit a 36-yard field goal in overtime and Duke won a bowl for the first time in 54 years, 44-41 over Indiana at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. After Duke (8-5) scored to start OT, Indiana's Griffin Oakes missed a 38-yarder — on a controversial call. The kick sailed above the right upright and was ruled wide. The sophomore protested, and replays indicated he might have been right, but the call is not reviewable. Running back Shaun Wilson had 282 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns for the Blue Devils (8-5), including a 98-yard kickoff return. Devine Redding filled in for the injured Jordan Howard (knee) and rushed for 227 yards on 35 carries for the Hoosiers (6-7).

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Myles Gaskin broke a third-quarter tie with an 86-yard run and had a season-high 181 yards and four touchdowns to help Washington beat Southern Mississippi 44-31 at the Cotton Bowl. The Huskies (7-6) delivered coach Chris Petersen's first postseason victory in his two seasons in Seattle. The Golden Eagles (9-5) sought their first win over a Power 5 conference team since 2011.

Playoff teams arrive: No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Michigan State arrived for Thursday's Cotton Bowl, one of Thursday's two College Football Playoff semifinals, and started practicing in the Dallas area. The other semifinalists, No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma, arrived in Miami to begin preparing for their meeting on Thursday at the Orange Bowl.

Hokies' Beamer goes out a winner after wild one 12/26/15 [Last modified: Saturday, December 26, 2015 10:22pm]
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