Ballard sparks Mississippi St.
SAN ANTONIO - Vick Ballard ran for a career-high 180 yards and two touchdowns to lead Mississippi State past Wake Forest 23-17 Friday night in the Music City Bowl — the Bulldogs' fifth straight bowl victory and second consecutive under coach Dan Mullen. The Bulldogs (7-6) won consecutive bowls for only the second time in school history and first since 1999-2000. Ballard's TDs were the longest in the Bulldogs' 14 bowl games. Mississippi State overcame four turnovers thanks to six sacks — its highest total since piling up seven in a win over Florida in 2000. Wake Forest (6-7) snapped a two-game bowl winning streak.Rutgers tops Iowa St. in Pinstripe Bowl Chas Dodd hit Brandon Coleman for an 86-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter and Jawan Jamison ran for two scores to lead Rutgers past Iowa State 27-13 in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Scarlet Knights (9-4) ran their bowl winning streak to five and improved to 2-0 this season at Yankee Stadium, where they beat Army last month. Rutgers, which played in one bowl game before 2005, is 5-1 in the postseason under coach Greg Schiano. The Cyclones (6-7) finished the season on a three-game losing streak. Late touchdown lifts BYU past Tulsa Riley Nelson threw three touchdown passes to Cody Hoffman, the last with 11 seconds left, and BYU beat Tulsa 24-21 in the Armed Forces Bowl for another 10-win season. With no timeouts and the ball at the 2, the Cougars hurried up to the line. Nelson then faked a spike that would have stopped the clock and instead stood up and threw to Hoffman in the end zone. The Cougars (10-3) wrapped up their season of independence by winning 10 games for the fifth time in coach Bronco Mendenhall's seven years. G.J. Kinne threw three TD passes for Tulsa (8-5), including a 30-yarder to Bryan Burnham with 10:42 left for a 21-17 lead. Records fall during wild Alamo Bowl Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III wasn't dazzling — and didn't need to be — as No. 15 Baylor pulled out a thrilling Alamo Bowl victory in the highest-scoring bowl game in history, beating Washington 67-56 in a record-smashing shootout Thursday night. Griffin had an unremarkable night, throwing just one touchdown pass and running for another. But Terrance Ganaway starred ably in his place, rushing for 200 yards and five touchdowns. His last was a 43-yard run with 2:28 left to seal Baylor's first 10-win season since 1980. The previous bowl record for a regulation game was 102 total points set in the 2001 GMAC Bowl between Marshall and East Carolina. That game went to double overtime and ended with a combined 125 points — which still stands as the overall bowl record. Baylor and Washington (7-6) also set a bowl record for total offense in a game with 1,377 yards. Washington quarterback Keith Price outplayed his Heisman counterpart, going 23 for 27 with 438 yards and four touchdowns. Griffin was 24 of 33 for 295 yards.