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Oklahoma State beats Arizona in Alamo Bowl

Oklahoma State beats Arizona in Alamo Bowl

Oklahoma State finished its first ever 11-win season with a 36-10 victory over Arizona in college football's Alamo Bowl on Wednesday.
Justin Blackmon caught two touchdown passes, showboating into the end zone to cap a 71-yard strike. The Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver set a collegiate record with his 12th straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. The sophomore caught nine passes for 117 yards in perhaps his last college game.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden was 25 of 41 for 240 yards for Oklahoma State . It was the final game plan for Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who is leaving to become the coach-in-waiting at West Virginia.
Oklahoma State, which led the nation in total offense, never trailed and scored at least 33 points for the 11th time this season.
After Arizona couldn't convert a fourth down at the Cowboys' 29-yard line on its opening possession, Weeden found Blackmon practically uncovered down the sideline. So open was Blackmon that he pulled up before reaching the end zone and trotted parallel along the goal line before finally making the touchdown official.
Arizona ended the year with five straight losses. Nick Foles completed 32 of 50 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions, including one returned by Markelle Martin for a 62-yard score.
Military Bowl
Maryland 51, East Carolina 20
In Washington, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen is heading into unemployment as a winner, with a victory over East Carolina in the Military Bowl.
Already the Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year, and the engineer of the second-biggest regular season turnaround in the country, Friedgen ended his 10-year run at Maryland with a romp.
The Terrapins forced four turnovers, Da'Rel Scott ran for 200 yards and D.J. Adams had four short touchdown runs.
New Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson announced last week that Friedgen was being fired, effective after the bowl game, with the school buying out the final year of the 63-year-old coach's contract for $2 million.
Friedgen's last act was the second-biggest margin of victory in Maryland bowl history as well as the most points the school has scored in a bowl. Friedgen went 5-2 in bowl games at the school.
Scott had second-half touchdown runs of 61 and 91 yards on back-to-back Terrapins offensive plays and posted the school's first 200-yard rushing game since 2003.
East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis completed 35 of 57 passes for 268 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Texas Bowl
Illinois 38, Baylor 14
In Houston, Mikel Leshoure ran for 184 yards and three touchdowns as Illinois earned its first bowl victory since 1999, beating Baylor in the Texas Bowl.
The Illini spoiled the Bears' first bowl appearance in 16 seasons. Both teams finished at 7-6.
Leshoure had a 5-yard TD run in the second quarter, a 13-yard score in the third quarter and another 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth period. The performance gave him the school single-season rushing record with 1,697 yards.
The Illini built a 24-0 lead and Leshoure's last touchdown put the game out of reach.
Baylor's Robert Griffin III threw for 306 yards and a touchdown, but his two fumbles in the first half put the Bears behind.


Updated : 2021-04-23 18:36 GMT+08:00