Pumphrey breaks NCAA record as SDSU wins Las Ve­gas Bowl

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Don­nel Pumphrey broke the NCAA ca­reer rush­ing record Satur­day in his col­lege fi­nale, run­ning for 115 yards and a touch­down in San Diego State’s 34-10 vic­tory over Hous­ton in the Las Ve­gas Bowl. Pumphrey passed for­mer Wis­con­sin star Ron Dayne’s mark of 6,397 yards on a 15-yard run early in the fourth quar­ter, with team­mates swarm­ing him on the side­line, and wrap­ping up his ca­reer in his Ne­vada home­town with 6,405 yards. “It means the world to me,” Pumphrey said as his fa­ther wiped away tears be­fore hug­ging him. Pumphrey’s se­nior to­tal of 2,133 yards rush­ing ranks in the top 10 for a FBS player. Ron Smith re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 54 yards for a touch­down, Curtis An­der­son caught a 28-yard touch­down pass from Chris­tian Chap­man, Juwan Wash­ing­ton ran for a touch­down and John Baron kicked two field goals for the Aztecs (11-3). They over­came a 10-0 firstquar­ter deficit against the Cougars (9-4) for their sec­ond con­sec­u­tive bowl win.


Richard McQuar­ley had two short touch­down runs as New Mexico won a bowl for the sec­ond time in a half-cen­tury, top­ping Texas-San An­to­nio. The Lo­bos’ only win since tak­ing the 1961 Avi­a­tion Bowl had been a 2007 vic­tory over Ne­vada in the New Mexico Bowl. La­mar Jor­dan ran for 81 yards and threw a 34-yard pass to Dameon Gam­blin that set up McQuar­ley’s 1-yard burst for a 23-13 lead in the fourth quar­ter. The Lo­bos (9-4) gave coach Bob Davie his first bowl win - he lost three times at Notre Dame and also last year with New Mexico in this bowl. Jarveon Wil­liams ran for 125 yards for the Road­run­ners (6-7). They lost in the first bowl ap­pear­ance in the pro­gram’s six-year his­tory.


Jus­tice Hansen threw three touch­down passes to Ken­dall San­ders to help Arkansas State beat UCF. Hansen com­pleted 12 of 26 passes for 205 yards, hookiong up with San­ders for touch­down strikes of 12, 75 and 17 yards. The big­gest plays of the night came from the Red Wolves’ spe­cial teams. They scored on a blocked punt and pro­duced two turnovers that were turned into touch­downs. The Red Wolves (8-5) sealed the vic­tory when they went up 31-13 on San­ders’ 17-yard scor­ing re­cep­tion early in the fourth quar­ter. That touch­down was set up af­ter UCF re­turner Chris John­son mis­han­dled a punt and it was re­cov­ered by Lo­gan Mor­agne at the Knights 37. The tone for the spe­cial teams was set in the first quar­ter when John­ston White broke through the line to block Caleb Hous­ton’s punt and B.J. Edmonds fell on the ball in the end zone to put the Red Wolves ahead 7-0 in the first 4 min­utes. The Red Wolves took a 17-0 lead over the Knights (6-7) in the first quar­ter af­ter a UCF fum­bled kick­off re­turn set up Hansen’s 12-yard touch­down pass to Hansen.


Mar­cus Cox rushed for 143 yards and a touch­down and Michael Ru­bino kicked the go-ahead 39-yard field goal to lift Ap­palachian State past Toledo. The Moun­taineers (10-3) won the game in Alabama’s cap­i­tal city on a late field goal for the sec­ond straight year, this one with 5:14 left. Cox be­came the ninth FBS player with four 1,000-yard sea­sons and the 22nd to top 5,000 in his ca­reer. Game MVP Tay­lor Lamb passed for 119 yards and a touch­down and ran for 126 yards and a score. Ka­reem Hunt cov­ered 42 yards on four straight rushes to pro­pel Toledo (94) down the field af­ter the field goal. Damion Jones-Moore was stopped on third down.


Al­len­zae Stag­gers set New Orleans Bowl records with 11 catches for 230 yards and also scored a touch­down to help South­ern Mis­sis­sippi beat Louisiana-Lafayette. Nick Mul­lens, the South­ern Miss all-time leader in yards pass­ing and pass­ing touch­downs, fin­ished his distin­guished ca­reer by throw­ing for 346 yards and two TDs. One of Mul­lens’ TD tosses was a 6-yarder to run­ning back Ito Smith, who also rushed for 138 yards and two scores. How­ever, Mul­lens’ turnovers helped the Ra­gin’ Ca­juns keep the game com­pet­i­tive de­spite the Golden Ea­gles (7-6) out­gain­ing ULL (6-7) 481 yards to 252.

— AP

LAS VE­GAS: San Diego State run­ning back Don­nel Pumphrey smiles af­ter be­ing named the most valu­able player af­ter the Las Ve­gas Bowl NCAA col­lege foot­ball game against Hous­ton on Satur­day, in Las Ve­gas. San Diego State won 34-10.

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