ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida State rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and used a pair of touchdown passes by E.J. Manuel and two field goals from Dustin Hopkins to slip past Notre Dame 18-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl on Thursday night.
The No. 25 Seminoles started four freshmen on their offensive line and gave up five sacks, but FSU's defense picked off Notre Dame quarterbacks Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix three times.
Notre Dame shuffled between Rees and Hendrix throughout the game, but both struggled to get the Irish points inside the red zone.
FSU trailed 14-0 early in the third quarter. The Seminoles closed the gap to 14-9 with an 18-yard TD pass from Manuel to Bert Reed to open the fourth quarter, but they failed on their 2-point conversion attempt.
They took the lead just 1:32 later after Nigel Bradham intercepted a Hendrix pass to set up an 18-yard TD catch by MVP Rashad Greene to make it 15-14 with just over 13 minutes to play following another failed 2-point try.
Wednesday's Holiday Bowl
Texas 21, Cal 10: David Ash threw for one touchdown and caught a TD pass to lead Texas to a 21-10 victory against California in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Wednesday night. The Longhorns (8-5) had five takeaways and sacked Cal's Zach Maynard six times. The Golden Bears (7-6) are winless in five games against the Longhorns dating to 1959.
Texas Tech coach leaves
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow is leaving after one season with the Red Raiders. Football spokesman Blayne Beal said Thursday that Glasgow and Texas Tech "have reached a mutual agreement" that he would not remain. He declined further comment. The Red Raiders finished the season ranked 115th in total defense.
Miami returning $83,000
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Miami is giving back $83,000 it says it received "directly and indirectly" from Nevin Shapiro, the former Hurricanes booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect whose claims of giving athletes and recruits extra benefits for nearly a decade sparked an NCAA investigation.
Oregon player to rescue
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — An Oregon football player helped a choking diner during the traditional Beef Bowl, which brings the teams playing in the Rose Bowl to Lawry's in Beverly Hills for prime rib. City News Service says Paul Diamond began choking a bit while eating Wednesday. Oregon guard Mark Asper performed the Heimlich maneuver on Diamond, helping him cough the meat up.