College football bowl roundup: Georgia Tech dismisses USC in Sun Bowl
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.