Brad Lewis threw five touchdowns as West Virginia ended Don Nehlen's 21-year run at the school with a 49-38 victory over Mississippi on Thursday in the Music City Bowl.
Lewis, who had eight touchdown passes in the regular season, picked apart the Rebels (7-5) to keep the Big East Conference's record perfect against the Southeastern Conference in the three years of the bowl game.
The victory broke a string of eight straight bowl losses for West Virginia, and gave Nehlen his 202nd career win. He leaves after 21 years with the Mountaineers.
"My wife will be able to serve me cereal in a bowl _ and I won't lose it," Nehlen said.
Nehlen thanked the fans, then talked to his players. "I just told them basically, as a coaching staff, we love them all," he said. "A lot of hugs, and they were all sweating."
West Virginia (7-5) dominated the first three quarters and built a 49-9 lead before the Rebels rallied behind Eli Manning. The redshirt freshman son of Archie Manning and brother of Peyton Manning threw three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
N.C. STATE 38, MINNESOTA 30: The Wolfpack, which rallied for five fourth-quarter wins during the regular season, spotted Minnesota a 24-point lead, then roared back behind Philip Rivers and Koren Robinson in Miami.
Robinson scored on a 19-yard reverse in a 17-point third quarter, then scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Rivers with 11:01 left as the Wolfpack finished 8-4.
Minnesota (6-6) led 24-8 at the half, but wasted a Micron Bowl-record 246-yard rushing performance from Tellis Redmon.
Rivers, N.C. State's 18-year-old freshman quarterback, was the MVP, going 24-of-39 for 310 yards. Robinson added a Micron-record 157 receiving yards.
The Wolfpack clinched it with 3:16 left on an 8-yard run by Ray Robinson five seconds after Minnesota QB Travis Cole fumbled deep in his territory.
BOISE STATE 38, UTEP 23: Bart Hendricks ran for two touchdowns, threw for another and caught a late scoring pass as Boise State beat Texas-El Paso in Boise, Idaho.
Hendricks was 17-for-29 for 247 yards and ran for another 57 yards. The two-time player of the year in the Big West was the game's most valuable player for the Broncos (10-2).
Boise State coach Dirk Koetter worked his last game before taking over at Arizona State.
Making its first bowl trip since 1988 and only the second since 1967, Western Athletic Conference co-champion UTEP (8-4) looked out of place on the frosty blue turf.
Hendricks gave the Broncos a 24-10 lead with a 77-yard touchdown run on Boise State's first play of the second half.
"It's called running scared," he said. "You just keep running until you don't have to run anymore."
IOWA STATE 37, PITT 29: Sage Rosenfels, in his final game for the Cyclones, completed 23 of 34 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns, both to Chris Anthony, and Iowa State improved to 1-4 in bowl games.
Cyclones safety Doug Densmore tipped away a 22-yard field goal try as the first half ended, threw the key block on JaMaine Billups' 72-yard punt return for a touchdown, and made a left-handed grab to down a punt on the Pittsburgh 1 late in the game.
Iowa State (9-3) had its first nine-win season since 1906.
Antonio Bryant, the winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver, caught five passes for 155 yards, including touchdowns of 72 and 44 yards, for Pittsburgh (7-5).