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Cincinnati downs Southern Miss, New Mexico ends 46-year streak without bowl win

Cincinnati downs Southern Miss, New Mexico ends 46-year streak without bowl win

Ben Mauk passed for 334 yards and four touchdowns, and DeAngelo Smith intercepted three passes Saturday, leading the Bearcats to a 31-21 victory over Southern Miss and its outgoing coach Jeff Bower in the Papajohns.com Bowl.
The victory gave Cincinnati (10-3) its second 10-win season and first since 1951, while virtually assuring a spot in the final top-25 rankings for the first time.
Mauk completed 30 of 52 passes and overcame three interceptions to become only the third Bearcats player to have a 3,000-yard passing season.
New Mexico Bowl
New Mexico 23, Nevada 0
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Paul Baker ran for 167 yards in his first start, and Donovan Porterie threw for career-high 354 yards and two touchdowns to help New Mexico end a 46-year stretch without a postseason victory.
The Lobos (9-4) also gave 10th-year coach Rocky Long his first bowl win in five tries. It was New Mexico's first bowl victory since beating Western Michigan 28-12 in the 1961 Aviation Bowl at Dayton, Ohio. The Lobos also notched a nine-win season for just the fourth time in school history.


Updated : 2021-05-11 09:46 GMT+08:00