Louisiana Tech beat Navy 48-45 on AF Bowl

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Jonathan Barnes kicked a game-end­ing 32-yard field goal and Louisiana Tech beat Navy 48-45 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Fri­day. The Bull­dogs (9-5) drove for the win­ning score af­ter Navy fresh­man quar­ter­back Mal­colm Perry ran 30 yards for a touch­down on his only play with 3:46 left. Ryan Higgins threw for 409 yards and four touch­downs, two each to Trent Tay­lor and Car­los Hen­der­son. Tay­lor, a 5-foot-8 se­nior, set an Armed Forces Bowl with his 12 catches for 233 yards. Hen­der­son had 10 catches for 129 yards. Navy (9-5), which was try­ing for its first con­sec­u­tive 10-win sea­sons, in­stead ended with its third straight loss. The Mid­ship­men lost the Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ti­tle game be­fore its first loss to Army since 2001. Perry, whose TD with 3:46 left tied the game for the fourth time, came in af­ter Zach Abey took a shot to the ribs on a play that led to a tar­get­ing ejec­tion by Tech de­fen­sive tackle Jordan Brad­ford. Abey, who made only his sec­ond start, ran for 114 yards and two scores and threw for 159 yards and an­other touch­down.

DOL­LAR GEN­ERAL BOWL TROY 28, OHIO 23

Jordan Chunn had three short touch­down runs and Troy in­ter­cepted four passes in Troy’s victory over Ohio. The Tro­jans (10-3) fin­ished off their first 10-win sea­son since mov­ing up to the FBS in 2001, thanks largely to a de­fense that came up with three big fourth-quar­ter stops. The first Sun Belt Con­fer­ence team to crack the Top 25, Troy forced 18 turnovers in its last five games. The Bob­cats (8-6) set­tled for field goal at­tempts twice in the fourth quar­ter, mak­ing one, and got one more chance from their own 15 with 2:20 left and no time­outs. They man­aged one first down but Greg Wind­ham couldn’t throw for an­other one un­der heavy pres­sure.

BA­HAMAS BOWL OLD DO­MIN­ION 24, EASTERN MICHI­GAN 20

David Wash­ing­ton threw three touch­downs passes, Ray Lawry ran for 133 yards and Old Do­min­ion beat Eastern Michi­gan. Old Do­min­ion (10-3) won in its first bowl ap­pear­ance in school his­tory. The Mon­archs didn’t play foot­ball for 69 years be­fore res­tart­ing the pro­gram in 2009. They made the tran­si­tion to the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion in 2013. Eastern Michi­gan (7-6) lost in its first bowl ap­pear­ance since 1987. Bro­gan Roback com­pleted 26 of 46 passes for 300 yards, two touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion for the Ea­gles. Roback threw for at least 300 yards in six of his fi­nal seven games. Old Do­min­ion had a 10-0 half­time lead, but Eastern Michi­gan ral­lied to tie it at 17 late in the third quar­ter on Paul Fri­cano’s 24-yard field goal. The Mon­archs bounced back with Wash­ing­ton’s third touch­down pass, which went for 5 yards to Jonathan Duhart. — AP

REXAS: Navy safety Dai­quan Thomas­son (26) forces a fum­ble by Louisiana Tech wide re­ceiver Trent Tay­lor (5) dur­ing first half of the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA col­lege foot­ball game, Fri­day, in Fort Worth, Texas. Navy re­cov­ered the ball.—AP

TEXAS: Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz, right, passes the cham­pi­onship tro­phy to safety Xavier Woods (7) fol­low­ing their win over Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl NCAA col­lege foot­ball game, Fri­day, in Fort Worth, Texas. — AP

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