Joe Paterno's 500th game as Penn State coach ended the way most have: with JoePa on top.
Evan Royster broke a tie with a 38-yard touchdown run and Deon Butler scored on a controversial 30-yard catch as Penn State erased an early 14-point deficit to beat Texas A&M 24-17 on Saturday night at the Alamo Bowl.
Paterno, college football's leader in bowl appearances (34), led the Nittany Lions (9-4) in a thriller that brought him his record 23rd postseason win. The 81-year-old coach now has 372 career victories, one behind Florida State's Bobby Bowden for the most in major college football.
Texas A&M's Stephen McGee led a 15-play drive to the Penn State 2 before losing 4 yards on fourth-and-goal after slipping on an option play with about eight minutes left.
Another Texas A&M (7-6) drive ended with a punt with 2 minutes left, and Penn State ran out the clock.
The Nittany Lions secured their third straight bowl victory and spoiled Gary Darnell's one-game stint as interim head coach. Darnell took over Nov. 23, when Dennis Franchione resigned, and A&M has hired Mike Sherman, currently offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans, take over as head coach in 2008.
Mississippi St. 10, Central Florida 3
In Memphis, Tennessee, Anthony Dixon scored on a 1-yard run with 1:54 remaining, Derek Pegues had two interceptions and Mississippi State kept Central Florida's Kevin Smith from breaking the single-season rushing record at the Liberty Bowl.
In a game featuring anemic offenses and few big plays, the Bulldogs (8-5) kept Central Florida (10-4) out of the end zone and held Smith to 119 yards. The junior finished 61 yards shy of Barry Sanders' single-season record of 2,628 yards set for Oklahoma State in 1988.
It was the lowest scoring Liberty Bowl since Penn State beat Tulane 9-6 in 1979.
Dixon finished with 68 yards and won the game with a dive into the end zone after Kyle Israel threw his third interception.
The Bulldogs held the Knights to 219 yards and forced four turnovers.
Wake Forest 24, UConn 10
In Charlotee, North Carolina, Behind speedy receiver Kenneth Moore and a swarming defense full of big plays, the Demon Deacons rallied to beat fellow upstart Connecticut.
Often called "Weak Forest" for a long history of ineptitude, Wake Forest (9-3) secured the second-most wins in school history, behind only last year's improbable 11-3 mark that included an Atlantic Coast Conference title and an Orange Bowl berth.
Wake Forest finished with nine wins in its last 11 games, and reeled off 24 unanswered points after falling behind 10-0 at halftime against the Huskies, who were playing in only their second bowl game.
Micah Andrews put it away with a 9-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left for Wake Forest.
Tyler Lorenzen was 13-of-26 for 98 yards for the Huskies (9-4). Larry Taylor returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown down in the first quarter for UConn.