College football bowl roundup: Georgia Tech dismisses USC in Sun Bowl
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EL PASO, Texas — Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California, 21-7, on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
Washington's 1-yard touchdown run in the third made it 14-7, and he found Orwin Smith for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth in front of a crowd of 47,922 at Sun Bowl Stadium.
Southern California (7-6), which was ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season, played without injured quarterback Matt Barkley. Max Wittek tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Silas Redd in the second quarter, but he also threw three interceptions.
The Trojans struggled to contain Georgia Tech's triple-option attack in front of a crowd of 47,922 at Sun Bowl Stadium. The Yellow Jackets (7-7) rushed for 294 yards on 63 carries while stopping a seven-bowl losing streak.
David Sims had 99 yards on 17 carries, but he got plenty of help. Zach Laskey added 60 yards on six carries, Lee had 52 on 10 carries and Washington had 16 attempts for 46 yards for the No. 4 rushing team in the nation.
Sims also caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Vad Lee in the first quarter.
Lee and Washington combined to go just 5 for 10 passing, but two completions went for TD passes and two more covered 26 and 49 yards and keyed two of the team's scoring drives.
Music City Bowl
Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina St. 24 — In Nashville, Tenn., Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Vanderbilt capped its best season in nearly a century by beating North Carolina State.
The Commodores finished 9-4 for their best record since going 9-1 in 1915, and it's only the third time the smallest and only private university in the Southeastern Conference has won as many as nine games in a season. They also finished with seven straight wins, their longest streak since winning eight in 1948.
Vanderbilt forced a season-high five turnovers, including four in the first half, and turned those into 17 points.
N.C. State (7-6) wrapped up the season under interim coach Dana Bible by snapping a two-game bowl winning streak. The Wolfpack had their fifth game this season with at least four turnovers.
Tulsa 31, Iowa St. 17 — In Memphis, Tenn., Trey Watts rushed for 149 yards, Alex Singleton ran for three scores, and Tulsa beat Iowa State to avenge a season-opening loss to the Cyclones.
Iowa State rallied to beat Tulsa, 38-23, on Sept. 1, but the Golden Hurricane put together the comeback in the rematch. Tulsa trailed, 17-7, at the end of the first quarter.
The Golden Hurricane (11-3) posted the second 11-win season in school history. Tulsa, which has the smallest enrollment of any Football Bowl Subdivision program, also finished 11-3 in 2008.
Iowa State (6-7) was seeking its second winning season in the last seven years.
Tulsa scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the second quarter to pull ahead for good.
Singleton's three scores gave him a school-record 24 touchdown runs this season.
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