Vandy Wins 1st Bowl Since 1955
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt won a bowl game for the first time in exactly 53 years after Bryant Hahnfeldt kicked a 45-yard field goal with 3:26 left to beat Boston College 16-14 Wednesday in the Music City Bowl. Vanderbilt hadn't even played in a bowl since 1982 and the win gave the Commodores (7-6) their first winning season since then, too. Boston College (9-5) snapped the nation's longest bowl winning streak after eight straight games in its 10th consecutive bowl appearance. The Eagles also missed a chance at finishing with at least 10 wins for a third straight season. The Eagles got the ball twice after Hahnfeldt's third field goal, but had to punt the first time, then Myron Lewis picked off Dominique Davis with 1:36 left.Vandy scored its lone touchdown when freshman Sean Richardson fell on a punt that bounced off the left knee of BC's Paul Anderson with 10:35 left in the third. Officials huddled, then ruled it a touchdown and a replay review upheld the decision. Kansas Cruises At Insight Bowl TEMPE, Ariz. - Dezmon Briscoe caught a game-record 14 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns, and Todd Reesing threw for four scores in Kansas' 42-21 victory against Minnesota in the Insight Bowl. Reesing completed 27 of 35 passes, hitting on a school-record 14 straight passes in the first half. He threw for 313 yards and improved to 20-6 as a starter, and he was intercepted once. Kerry Meier caught one touchdown pass and threw another for the Jayhawks (8-5), who have won three straight bowl games for the first time. Eric Decker caught eight passes for 149 yards and a touchdown for the Golden Gophers (7-6), who finished the season on a five-game losing streak and have lost their last three bowl games. Minnesota found itself trailing by a touchdown after 11 seconds on a sparkling 73-degree afternoon. On the game's first snap, Reesing rolled away from pressure and found Briscoe down the left sideline for a 60-yard score. Oregon St. Edges Pitt In Sun Bowl EL PASO, Texas - In the lowest-scoring major bowl game in a half-century, No. 24 Oregon State shut down No. 18 Pittsburgh 3-0 in the Sun Bowl on Justin Kahut's 44-yard field goal late in the first half. The defensive struggle included 20 punts and 10 sacks. Not since Air Force and TCU played to 0-0 standoff in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1959, had a bowl produced so few points. The Beavers (9-4) improved to 5-0 in bowls since Coach Mike Riley began his second stint as their coach in 2003. Pitt (9-4) managed 178 total yards. ARMED FORCES BOWL: Case Keenum ran for two touchdowns and threw for another and Houston wrapped up Coach Kevin Sumlin's first season with a 34-28 victory against Air Force (8-5) in the Armed Forces Bowl for their first bowl victory since 1980. Houston (8-5) ended an eight-game bowl losing streak.
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