The Washington Post Sunday
Bulldogs top Sun Devils, break mark for victories
FRESNO STATE 31, ARIZONA STATE 20
Ronnie Rivers rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Anthoula “Tank” Kelly had a 70yard interception return for a touchdown, and No. 21 Fresno State beat Arizona State, 31-20, in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.
Marcus McMaryion rushed for a touchdown and was 15 for 29 passing for 176 yards to help the Bulldogs (12-2) set a school record for wins in a season. He also threw two interceptions.
Eno Benjamin rushed for 118 yards and one touchdown for the Sun Devils (7-6) in their third straight bowl loss.
Manny Wilkins threw for 129 yards, with a three-yard scoring pass to Kyle Williams and two interceptions.
Rivers put Fresno State back in front 24-20 with a 68-yard touchdown run up the middle in the third quarter and had a five-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to seal Fresno State’s second win over a Pac-12 opponent this season.
Wilkins suffered an apparent knee injury on the final pass of his college career, which was intercepted by Juju Hughes.
NORTH CAROLINA A&T 24, ALCORN STATE 22: Lamar Raynard passed for 292 yards and two touchdowns and Malik Wilson returned a kickoff for the game-sealing touchdown Saturday as the Aggies (10-2) held off the Braves (9-4) to win the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.
It was the second straight HBCU national championship for North Carolina A&T and its third in four years.
TULANE 41, LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE 24: Darius Bradwell rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Green Wave to its first postseason victory in 16 years, a win over the intrastate rival Ragin’ Cajuns (7-7) in the Cure Bowl in Orlando.
Tulane (7-6) won four of five down the stretch in the regular season not only to qualify for its first bowl berth in five years but also to finish with a winning record (5-3) in conference play for the first time since 2014.
UTAH STATE 52, NORTH TEXAS 13: Jordan Love threw for 359 yards and four touchdowns and Jalen Greene had six catches for 151 yards and a score to help the Aggies rout the Mean Green in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque.
Interim coach Frank Maile directed Utah State (11-2) after Matt Wells left to take the Texas Tech job.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 23, EASTERN MICHIGAN 21: Tyler Bass kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give Georgia Southern (10-3) a victory over Eastern Michigan (7-6) in the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.
Eastern Wash. advances
Eric Barriere threw seven touchdown passes as Eastern Washington beat Maine, 50-19, in Cheney, Wash., in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs to advance to the national title game against powerhouse North Dakota State.
Nsimba Webster caught four touchdown passes for Eastern Washington (12-2), which was playing in the national semifinals for the fifth time in nine years. The Black Bears finished 10-4.
Barriere completed 21 of 30 passes for 352 yards and tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game.
Valdosta State wins again
Ninety-six points were scored in the NCAA Division II championship game. Two points that weren’t scored made the difference.
Rogan Wells tied the championship record with five touchdown passes, and Valdosta State (14-0) won its fourth national title with a 49-47 victory over Ferris State (15-1) in McKinney, Tex.
Ferris State’s rally from an 11point deficit fell short when Jevon Shaw’s two-point conversion pass sailed wide of Keyondre Craig in the back of the end zone with 40 seconds left.