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Cel­e­bra­tion Bowl NC A&T 64, Al­corn State 44

ATLANTA — Kylil Carter passed for six touch­downs and North Carolina A&T racked up enor­mous of­fen­sive to­tals to beat Al­corn State 64-44 in the Cel­e­bra­tion Bowl on Satur­day for the Ag­gies’ third con­sec­u­tive HBCU na­tional cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

Carter com­pleted 18 of 30 passes for 364 yards, and added 96 on the ground. Korey Banks and Eli­jah Bell each caught a pair of scor­ing passes for NCA&T, which has beaten Al­corn State in three of the five Cel­e­bra­tion Bowls — in­clud­ing two straight.

New Mex­ico Bowl San Diego State 48, Cen­tral Michi­gan 11

AL­BU­QUERQUE, N.M. — Ryan Agnew passed for 287 yards and three touch­downs, Jesse Matthews caught three passes for 111 yards and two touch­downs and San Diego State won a bowl game for the first time since 2016, beat­ing Cen­tral Michi­gan 48-11 on Satur­day in the New Mex­ico Bowl.

Jor­dan Byrd ran for a ca­reer­high 139 yards and a touch­down to help the Aztecs (10-3) cap their 10th straight bowl ap­pear­ance with a vic­tory. San Diego State opened 7-1 record, then dropped two of its last three con­fer­ence games to fall out of con­tention for a Moun­tain West ti­tle game berth

It was a home­com­ing for San Diego State coach Rocky Long. He last won the New Mex­ico Bowl in 2007 as New Mex­ico’s coach. Long is 4-9 in bowl games.

San Diego State pre­vented Cen­tral Michi­gan (8-6) from sus­tain­ing con­sis­tent drives, with quar­ter­back Quin­ten Dor­mady un­der pres­sure and forced to throw into tight cov­er­age. He passed for 164 and threw three in­ter­cep­tion. Cen­tral Michi­gan’s Jonathan Ward, who came into the game with 1,082 yards and 15 touch­downs, was held to 7 rush­ing yards and 26 yards re­ceiv­ing.

Cure Bowl Lib­erty 23, Ge­or­gia South­ern 16

ORLANDO, Fla. — Frankie Hick­son ran for 120 yards on 22 car­ries, Stephen Calvert went 16 of 35 pass­ing for 270 yards and two touch­downs in Lib­erty’s Cure Bowl vic­tory on Satur­day.

Flames coach Hugh Freeze, who be­gan his first sea­son coach­ing Lib­erty from a hos­pi­tal bed in the press box fol­low­ing back surgery Aug. 16, got his 50th ca­reer vic­tory. Lib­erty (8-5) joined Ge­or­gia South­ern and Ap­palachian State as the only teams to move from FCS to FBS and win a bowl game in its first sea­son of el­i­gi­bil­ity. Ge­or­gia South­ern fin­ished 7-6.

Boca Ra­ton (Fla.) Bowl Florida At­lantic 52, SMU 28

BOCA RA­TON, Fla. — Chris Ro­bi­son passed for 305 yards and two touch­downs and Florida At­lantic scored two touch­downs in a 24-sec­ond span late in the first half to take con­trol in the Boca Ra­ton Bowl.

It was FAU’s first game since Lane Kif­fin left the Owls to take over at Ole Miss — and the Con­fer­ence USA cham­pi­ons, play­ing on their home field, didn’t miss a beat un­der in­terim coach Glenn Spencer.

James Charles ran for two touch­downs for FAU (11-3), which tied a school record for wins in a sea­son and im­proved to 4-0 in bowl games. Rashad Smith ran a fum­ble back for a score in the third quar­ter to help FAU blow the game open. Bran­don Ro­bi­son com­pleted 27 of 37 passes for FAU.

Camel­lia Bowl Arkansas State 34, Florida In­ter­na­tional 26

MONT­GOMERY, Ala. — Layne Hatcher passed for 393 yards and four touch­downs, in­clud­ing a late 13-yarder to Jonathan Adams, and Arkansas State beat Florida In­ter­na­tional in the Camel­lia Bowl.

The Red Wolves (8-5) came back to life of­fen­sively for a fi­nal big drive, high­lighted by All-Amer­i­can and game MVP Omar Bay­less’s 52-yard catch down to the 12. Then they had two in­ter­cep­tions in the fi­nal min­utes.

The Pan­thers (6-7) con­verted a fourth-and-5 play with a pass to Austin Maloney, who matched the huge game of Bay­less. But James Mor­gan’s over­throw on the next play was in­ter­cepted by Jeremy Smith, who re­turned it 21 yards into FIU ter­ri­tory.

Las Ve­gas Bowl Wash­ing­ton 38, Boise State 7

LAS VE­GAS — Ja­cob Ea­son threw for 210 yards and a touch­down and Wash­ing­ton sent out coach Chris

Petersen with a vic­tory over No. 18 Boise State in the Las Ve­gas Bowl.

Richard New­ton rushed for 69 yards with a short touch­down run and threw a touch­down pass for the Huskies (8-5). They capped an er­ratic sea­son with a dom­i­nant fi­nale for Petersen — who left Boise State to coach Wash­ing­ton — af­ter he an­nounced Dec. 2 he was step­ping down af­ter six sea­sons. Myles Bryant and Eli­jah Molden had in­ter­cep­tions, and co­or­di­na­tor Jimmy Lake’s de­fense al­lowed 266 yards. Lake is tak­ing over as head coach.

New Or­leans Bowl Ap­palachian State 31, UAB 17

NEW OR­LEANS — Dar­ryn­ton Evans ran for 161 yards, in­clud­ing a 31-yard touch­down af­ter he scooped up a fourth-down fum­ble, and No. 20 Ap­palachian State de­feated UAB in the New Or­leans Bowl.

The Moun­taineers (13-1) scored twice in the third quar­ter on quar­ter­back fum­bles. Evans’ go-ahead score came first when Zac Thomas lost the ball on a fourth-and-1 sneak. Later, out­side line­backer Nick Hamp­ton stripped UAB quar­ter­back Tyler John­ston.

As­so­ci­ated Press

SCORE Wash­ing­ton run­ning back Salvon Ahmed, left, scores ahead of Boise State safety Kekoa Nawahine for a touch­down dur­ing the Las Ve­gas Bowl on Satur­day.

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