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Georgia outlasts Tech to become bowl eligible

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    Georgia's Kris Durham hauled in a 66-yard touchdown catch.
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ATHENS, Ga. » Aaron Murray threw for three touchdowns and Justin Houston returned a fumble 18 yards for a score as Georgia got the win it needed to be eligible for a bowl, a 42-34 victory over Georgia Tech last night.

This one was a comedy of errors that surely wasn’t very funny for the fans of either team, both finishing disappointing 6-6 seasons.

The Yellow Jackets were poised to tie the game at 35 after Anthony Allen bulled into the end zone for an 8-yard run with 4:57 remaining. But Scott Blair yanked the extra point wide left, ending a streak of 77 straight PATs.

Georgia tacked on a touchdown run by Washaun Ealey that wasn’t contested by the Georgia Tech defense, which just stood around so the Yellow Jackets could get one more shot on offense.

Anthony Allen rushed for 166 yards to lead Georgia Tech, which ran a staggering 92 plays for 512 yards and controlled the ball for nearly 38 minutes.

Wake Forest 34, Vanderbilt 13

Josh Harris rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown and the Demon Deacons (3-9) defeated the Commodores (2-10) in Robbie Caldwell’s last game as Vandy’s coach.

Caldwell announced he was stepping down earlier in the day. He took over in mid-July for Bobby Johnson.

Tennessee 24, Kentucky 14

Tyler Bray threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns as the Volunteers (6-6, 3-5 SEC) extended their winning streak over the Wildcats (6-6, 2-6) to 26 straight games to become bowl eligible.

Connecticut 38, Cincinnati 17

Connecticut’s Jordan Todman ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns and the Huskies (7-4, 4-2 Big East) moved a step closer to a BCS bowl berth with a 38-17 win over the Bearcats (4-7, 2-4).

A UConn victory next week at South Florida would give UConn at least a share of the Big East championship, and their first ever BCS bowl berth.

North Carolina 24, Duke 19

T.J. Yates threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, and the Tar Heels (7-4, 4-4 ACC) downed the Blue Devils (3-9, 1-7). North Carolina has won 20 of 21 against Duke.

South Florida 23, Miami 20, OT

Demetris Murray had a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and the Bulls (7-4) stunned the Hurricanes (7-5).

Miami had a chance to win in regulation, but Jacory Harris threw an interception — with the Hurricanes in field-goal range — with 5 seconds left.

Boston College 16, Syracuse 7

Freshman tailback Andre Williams rushed for 185 yards on a school-record 42 carries and scored a touchdown ias the Eagles (7-5) topped the Orange (7-5).

 

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