DALLAS — After a two-month hiatus from a meaningful snap, Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden will get a shot to start and finish the TicketCity Bowl on Monday.
On Sunday, Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley officially ruled out starting quarterback Matt McGloin for the game against Houston after McGloin did not pass concussion tests needed to clear him for action. Walk-on Shane McGregor will serve as Bolden's backup.
"I think he's done very well," Bradley said of the sophomore Bolden. "He's done a great job with command of the huddle, getting prepared for this game."
Bolden lost the starting job eight weeks into the season after completing just 42 percent of his passes and throwing four interceptions to just one touchdown. McGloin took his place, but he hasn't practiced since Dec. 17, when he was involved in a post-practice scuffle with wide receiver Curtis Drake.
"I don't think it will be too much different, honestly," wide receiver Derek Moye said of Bolden starting instead of McGloin. "We run the plays that we run no matter who's the quarterback. I don't think both guys are as different as some people make them out to be."
Miss. State player arrested
TUPELO, Miss. — Mississippi State junior wide receiver Chad Bumphis was arrested Sunday morning on charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Department.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that Bumphis, 22, was arrested at 1:31 a.m. by Tupelo police and booked at 2:25 a.m. Sgt. Rodricus Hurst said Bumphis was involved in a "big group fight" at the Atlanta Bar & Grill in downtown Tupelo and that several other people were arrested.
Hurst said Bumphis was struck in the neck by a glass bottle and suffered a cut, but that he did not injure anybody. The university said it would "handle this the way we would any other incident, especially a situation where there are differing accounts."
Saturday's Chick-Fil-A Bowl
ATLANTA — Playing without its top quarterback and running back, Auburn used tandems at each position to set a season scoring high and beat Virginia 43-24 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Saturday night.
Auburn was without running back Mike Dyer, who was suspended for an undisclosed rules violation. Quarterback Clint Moseley left with an ankle injury early in the first quarter.
Onterio McCalebb, who said this week he wanted to "show everybody I can do it all," scored on a 3-yard run and 25-yard catch while starting for Dyer. McCalebb had 109 yards rushing. Tre Mason added 64 yards rushing, including a 22-yard scoring run.
The offensive outburst came in Auburn's last game with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who has been hired as the Arkansas State coach.
Barrett Trotter passed for 175 yards and a touchdown for Auburn (8-5). Kris Burd caught two touchdown passes for Virginia (8-5).