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Vanderbilt caps remarkable run with bowl win

January 1, 2013 

  • New Year's Day bowl lineup

    Heart of Dallas Bowl

    At Dallas

    Noon (ESPNU): Purdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5)

    Gator Bowl

    At Jacksonville, Fla.

    Noon (ESPN2): Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Northwestern (9-3)

    Capital One Bowl

    At Orlando, Fla.

    1 p.m. (ABC-36): Georgia (11-2) vs. Nebraska (10-3)

    Outback Bowl

    At Tampa, Fla.

    1 p.m. (ESPN): South Carolina (10-2) vs. Michigan (8-4)

    Rose Bowl

    At Pasadena, Calif.

    5 p.m. (ESPN): Stanford (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5)

    Orange Bowl

    At Miami

    8:30 p.m. (ESPN): Northern Illinois (12-1) vs. Florida State (11-2)

The Southeastern Conference is so strong that now even Vanderbilt, yes Vandy, is winning like the Commodores haven't in nearly a century.

Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Vanderbilt Commodores capped their best season since 1915 Monday by beating North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl at Nashville.

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.

"When you're throwing out dates like 1915, you know that's a very, very, very long time," Coach James Franklin said. "Talk about these guys great-great grandparents. Seven-game win streak is the team's longest win streak since 1948, and we also currently have the longest win streak in the SEC, which we're very, very proud of."

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 snapping a two-game bowl winning streak. The Wolfpack had their fifth game this season with at least four turnovers, and that helped wipe out a 424-225 advantage in total offense.

Georgia Tech 21, Southern Cal 7: Southern California was ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season, and Matt Barkley was a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy. The year ended with Barkley on the sideline as the Trojans lost to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl at El Paso, Texas.

Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 21-7 victory.

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.

Barkley, the first three-time captain in team history, injured his right shoulder in a loss to UCLA and was not cleared to play.

Max Wittek tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Silas Redd in the second quarter, but also threw three interceptions. Redd also had 88 yards rushing on 17 carries.

The Trojans struggled to contain Georgia Tech's triple-option attack. The Yellow Jackets (7-7) rushed for 294 yards on 63 carries while stopping a seven-bowl losing streak.

Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17: Trey Watts rushed for 149 yards, Alex Singleton ran for three scores and Tulsa beat Iowa State Monday in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis, avenging 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.

Boise State staying put

Boise State backed out on a commitment to join the Big East and will remain a member of the Mountain West.

The school and the conference announced they had come to an agreement to keep the Broncos playing in the league they have been a part of for the past two seasons.

Boise State was scheduled to join the Big East next year for football only. It was going to put its other sports in the Big West.

But more recent defections from the Big East made Boise State reconsider.

Boise State says as part of its agreement with the Mountain West, TV rights to its home football games will not be part of the conference's future media contracts.

College hall to Atlanta

Groundbreaking for the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta will be Jan. 28 and the museum is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

The National Football Foundation, which runs the Hall of Fame, made the announcement Monday.

The new site is in the Centennial Olympic Park area downtown near the Georgia Dome and World Congress Center. The College Football Hall of Fame was located in South Bend, Ind., near the campus of Notre Dame, for 17 years. It closed Sunday.

The public-private project has a price tag of $66.5 million, with the 94,256-square-feet hall facility costing $54 million.

The NFF announced three years ago that the hall was moving, but fundraising issues forced several delays in the project, which was once expected to open in 2012.

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