As Buffs bid farewell to great group of se­niors, juniors ready to fill their cleats.

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fort worth, texas» Louisiana Tech se­nior quar­ter­back Ryan Hig­gins was bawl­ing like a baby even be­fore Jonathan Barnes’ game-end­ing kick went through the up­rights to win the Armed Forces Bowl.

“As soon as (the holder) put the ball down, I felt like the kick was money,” Hig­gins said. “Each per­son that I hugged af­ter that, it was just get­ting worse and worse . ... I just couldn’t be hap­pier to send my class and this team out on a high note.”

Hig­gins threw for 409 yards and four touch­downs, two each to Trent Tay­lor and Car­los Hen­der­son, and Barnes’ 32-yard field goal broke the game’s fourth tie as the Bull­dogs beat Navy 48-45 on Fri­day.

“Ex­cel­lent win would be an un­der­state­ment,” coach Skip Holtz said.

“If you want to be a kicker, you live for that,” Barnes said. “I’m lucky to be able to share it with a bunch of guys that are like my broth­ers.”

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. Hig­gins was then 4-for-4 for 58 yards on the fi­nal drive.

Navy (9-5), which was try­ing for its first con­sec­u­tive 10-win sea­sons, in­stead ended with its third straight loss.

Tay­lor set a bowl record with 12 catches for 233 yards.

Monar­chs 1-0 in bowls

B nas­sau, ba­hamas» David Wash­ing­ton threw three touch­downs passes, Ray Lawry ran for 133 yards and Old Do­min­ion beat East­ern Michi­gan 24-20 in the Ba­hamas Bowl.

The Monar­chs won in their first bowl ap­pear­ance in school his­tory. Old Do­min­ion didn’t play foot­ball for 69 years be­fore restart­ing the pro­gram in 2009. They made the tran­si­tion to the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion in 2013.

Chunn plunges in three TDs

B mo­bile, ala.» Jor­dan Chunn had three short touch­down runs and Troy in­ter­cepted four passes in a 28-23 vic­tory over Ohio in the Dol­lar Gen­eral Bowl.

The Tro­jans 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.

Troy forced 18 turnovers in its last five games.

Louisiana Tech kicker Jonathan Barnes is swarmed by team­mates Rus­sell Far­ris, left, and Eric Kendzior af­ter his win­ning field goal against Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl on Fri­day in Fort Worth, Texas. Jim Cowsert, The As­so­ci­ated Press

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