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Oregon dismantles Colorado; LSU wins shootout with Illinois

Thursday, January 3, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. - In an impressive end to his college career, Joey Harrington threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Oregon routed No. 3 Colorado 38-16 in the Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday.

Samie Parker caught nine passes for 162 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown that put Oregon ahead for good in the second quarter, when the Ducks outgained the Buffaloes 198 yards to 53.

Oregon's Steve Smith set a Fiesta Bowl record with three interceptions, and the Ducks' defense - ranked 81st in NCAA Division I - shut down Colorado's running game.

The Pac-10 champions had a 500-328 advantage in total yards, 150-49 on the ground.

The Ducks will root for Nebraska in the Rose Bowl tonight, hoping the Cornhuskers upset top-ranked Miami in the Bowl Championship Series title game.

If Nebraska wins, Oregon could be voted the national champion in The Associated Press media poll. The coaches' poll automatically crowns the winner of the BCS game.

Sugar Bowl

Domanick Davis ran for four touchdowns, Josh Reed caught two scoring passes from Rohan Davey and No. 12 LSU beat No. 7 Illinois 47-34 in the highest-scoring Sugar Bowl ever.

The Tigers won their school record fifth straight bowl. Ahead 27-0 in the second quarter, they held on despite four TD passes by Kurt Kittner.

Davis starred while starting in place of injured star LaBrandon Toefield, gaining 122 yards on 28 carries.

Reed, an All-American, caught 14 passes for a Sugar Bowl-record 239 yards.

Other Jan. 1 Bowl Games:

Outback Bowl

South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28

Daniel Weaver's 42-yard field goal with no time left barely cleared the crossbar, giving South Carolina a win over Ohio State. The Gamecocks blew a 28-0 lead. But Ohio State's Steve Bellisari, playing for the first time since his November arrest and suspension on drunken-driving charges, was intercepted by Sheldon Brown. Brown's return to Ohio State's 29 with 23 seconds left set up Weaver's kick, sending the Gamecocks to their second straight Outback victory. Phil Petty, the game's MVP, threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns, and Andrew Pinnock scored twice for South Carolina.

Bellisari, who was 21-of-35 for 320 yards, brought the Buckeyes back. He ran for a 2-yard score to close the third quarter, then hit Darrell Sanders with a 16-yard TD pass with 10:18 to go that cut the lead in half. Jonathan Wells' 1-yard run made it 28-21 with 5:02 to go. Ohio State got the ball back on its 11 with 3:56 to play and Bellisari was magnificent. He went 6 of 6 for 86 yards, tying the game on Sanders' 9-yard catch.

Cotton Bowl

Oklahoma 10, Arkansas 3

Although they weren't playing in the Rose Bowl, the Oklahoma Sooners sure showed a national championship-caliber defense. The No. 10 Sooners tied a school record with nine sacks and Rocky Calmus made 11 tackles and recovered a late fumble, leading Oklahoma to a win over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.

The Sooners, who might have been able to defend their national championship with a better offense, didn't get much this time, either - only a 1-yard touchdown run by Nate Hybl in the first quarter and a 32-yard field goal by Tim Duncan to open the second half.

But the OU defense made that lead seem insurmountable. The Razorbacks gained only 50 yards on 55 plays and made just six first downs, two by penalties. Hybl set a Cotton Bowl record with 24 completions, most on short passes. He finished 24 of 32 for 175 yards.

Gator Bowl

Florida State 30, Virginia Tech 17

Bobby Bowden matched Bear Bryant's victory total, leading No. 24 Florida State past No. 15 Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl. The victory extended to 16 Bowden's unbeaten streak in bowl games that don't decide the national championship, and gave quarterback Chris Rix and the Seminoles a solid finish on what has been a year for learning.

Rix, a redshirt freshman almost benched by Bowden during the year, made the play of the day when he wrist-flicked a pass that Javon Walker turned into a 77-yard touchdown to give the Seminoles the lead for good. The pass, which came as Rix was being leveled by a Hokies blitz, sparked a 17-point fourth quarter that allowed the Seminoles to put the Hokies away, much like they had done in the 1999 Sugar Bowl.

Bowden will begin next season with 323 career victories, tied with the longtime Alabama coach and four behind Penn State's Joe Paterno in Division I-A history.

Citrus Bowl

Tennessee 45, Michigan 17

Casey Clausen helped end No. 8 Tennessee's bowl slump, and No. 17 Michigan couldn't do anything to stop him. Clausen threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more Tuesday in the Volunteers' romp over the Wolverines in the Citrus Bowl.

Clausen who completed 26 of 34 passes for a career-high 393 yards, threw two touchdown passes to Kelley Washington and connected on a 64-yarder with Jason Witten for Tennessee. During one stretch in the second half, he completed 10 straight passes.

Travis Stephens scored a 3-yard touchdown run, and Alex Walls had a 32-yard field goal to complete the wipeout of Michigan.



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