Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Longhorns rally to deny Beavers in Alamo Bowl

SAN ANTONIO — David Ash wasn't sure he would start the Alamo Bowl. No one will remember that after the way he finished Texas' rocky season with a dazzling victory.

The sophomore threw a 36-yard strike to Marquise Goodwin with 2:24 left for the last of two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, stunning No. 15 Oregon State and lifting the Longhorns to a 31-27 comeback victory Saturday night.

Goodwin scored his second touchdown on a deep post pattern, one down after Texas (9-4) converted a fourth-and-1 play.

"I guess in every situation you have to be thankful," said Ash, who was pulled in a loss to TCU on Nov. 22 and wasn't immediately selected the starter for the Alamo Bowl. "I learned a lot at TCU. It was a tough situation I was in. I was just really thankful I got another opportunity to play a game I love."

Storm Woods ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Beavers (9-4), who led 20-10 at halftime.

Texas came in under a cloud of questions after the suspensions of backup quarterback Chase McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks.

Ash, whose been pulled at times for McCoy this season, was 21 of 33 for 241 yards.

Brown announced the suspensions Friday but wouldn't reveal which players were sent home. AP had reported that the players were McCoy and Hicks.

A local TV report said police were investigating two unidentified Texas players in an alleged sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel. Police released a heavily redacted incident report that only identifies the suspects as two students.

Syracuse leaving Big East in style

NEW YORK — The weather made passing at the Pinstripe Bowl perilous, so Syracuse sent Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith dashing through West Virginia and the snow.

Gulley ran for a career-best 208 yards and had three touchdowns, Smith added 157 yards, and the Orange bid a blustery farewell to the Big East with a 38-14 victory over West Virginia.

Syracuse (8-5) enters the ACC on a roll after finishing this season with six wins in its last seven games, capped by its second postseason victory at Yankee Stadium in three years.

"The football gods brought snow," said Smith, who carried a season-high 30 times. "The football gods from Syracuse brought us some snow and it changed even West Virginia's game. They had to run a little bit more than they were used to."

Syracuse had a season-high 369 yards rushing and beat its former Big East rival from West Virginia, now in the Big 12, for a third straight time.

Geno Smith hit Stedman Bailey for two touchdowns for West Virginia (7-6), but the Mountaineers quarterback was sacked in the end zone in the first half and called for intentional grounding in the end zone in the third quarter to give Syracuse a second safety.

FIGHT HUNGER BOWL: Taylor Kelly threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth as Arizona State had touchdowns on its first nine possessions to win a bowl for the first time in seven years, 62-28 over Navy, in San Francisco. Offensive MVP Marion Grice ran for 159 yards and two TDs for the Sun Devils (8-5), who used their fast-paced spread offense to gain 648 yards. The Sun Devils capped their first season under coach Todd Graham by beating rival Arizona and winning a bowl, a double they had accomplished just once in the previous 33 seasons. Gee Gee Greene had a 95-yard kickoff return for a score in the third quarter for Navy (8-5).

ARMED FORCES BOWL: Freshman quarterback Driphus Jackson threw for 264 yards in relief, including two touchdowns to Jordan Taylor, and the Owls beat Air Force 33-14 in Fort Worth, Texas. Jackson took over for Taylor McHargue (head injury) for the Owls (7-6), who scored 26 unanswered points. Taylor caught nine passes for 153 yards, with a 16-yard TD from McHargue in the first quarter. Air Force (6-7), which scored on consecutive drives in the second quarter with backup quarterback Kale Pearson in the game, was held to a season-low 214 total yards.

LATE FRIDAY: D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards and Ryan Bustin hit a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech a 34-31 win over Minnesota in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston. Seth Doege found Eric Ward on a short pass, and he outran a defender for a 35-yard touchdown for the Red Raiders (8-5) to tie it at 31 with 1:10 left. Michael Carter intercepted Doege twice in the fourth quarter but Minnesota (6-7) couldn't convert either into points.

NOTRE DAME: Coach Brian Kelly said the top-ranked Fighting Irish will have an early curfew nightly in Miami, where they play No. 2 Alabama on Jan. 7 for the national title. Kelly said he usually has a 2 a.m. curfew the first night or two on bowl trips but this time it will be 11 p.m. every night.

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