Baylor battles Bruins in Holiday Bowl
Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns, Nick Florence threw for two scores and ran for another, and Baylor overwhelmed UCLA 49-26 in the...
SAN DIEGO — Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns, Nick Florence threw for two scores and ran for another, and Baylor overwhelmed UCLA 49-26 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night.
Lache Seastrunk rushed 16 times for 138 yards and one score for Baylor, which outgained UCLA 494-362. The Bears came in leading the nation in total offense with 578.8 yards per game.
Florence's 188 yards passing gave him 4,309 for the season, breaking Robert Griffin III's 2011 school season record of 4,293.
Baylor's defense came up big, too. The Bears sacked Brett Hundley six times, including two by Chris McAllister.
Baylor (8-5) won its final four games and five of six. UCLA (9-5) lost its final three.
The Bruins were never in this one. Baylor raced to a 21-0 lead by early in the second quarter on Glasco's 4-yard run and Florence's TD passes of 8 yards to Antwan Goodley and 55 yards to Tevin Reese.
Baylor took a 35-7 lead later in the first half and led 35-10 at halftime. The Bruins are coached by Jim Mora, the former UW player who was head coach of the Seahawks for one season in 2009.
San Jose State
wins its 11th game
WASHINGTON — The best season in San Jose State history? There's a good case for it, yet it's one nobody could make if the person with the awkward role of interim, on-the-way-out coach hadn't finished the job.
The Spartans are done for the year with an 11-2 record. Ten wins go to Mike MacIntyre, who rebuilt a program that was 1-12 just two years ago before leaving this month for a better payday at Colorado.
Win No. 11 goes to defensive coordinator Kent Baer, who was put in charge and got to speak in a victorious locker room after Thursday's 29-20 win over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl.
"I didn't cry, but I wanted to," said Baer, the defensive coordinator at Washington for three seasons beginning in 2004. "I stood tall, took a couple of deep breaths. It's been a little emotional the last few days."
Baer wanted to stay at San Jose State, but he was passed over for the full-time job in favor of San Diego's Ron Caragher and plans to follow MacIntyre to the Buffaloes. With those distractions, the No. 24 Spartans could be forgiven for being a little rattled ahead of their first bowl since 2006.
Instead, San Jose State, in the national rankings for the first time since 1975, capped the year with a seven-game winning streak for its first 11-win season since 1940, recovering quickly from the shock of MacIntyre's departure with the help of Baer.
Spartans quarterback David Fales, who led the nation in completion percentage in the regular season, completed 33 of 43 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns.
Bowling Green (8-5) also had a nice turnaround, improving from 2-10 in 2010 under coach Dave Clawson.
Cincinnati wins wild one
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brendon Kay threw for 332 yards and a Belk Bowl-record four touchdowns, and Cincinnati capitalized on Duke's inept play in the closing minutes to beat the Blue Devils 48-34 on Thursday night.
Duke (6-7) appeared to have the game in hand and was driving for the go-ahead score — and its first bowl victory since 1961 — but the final 80 seconds proved disastrous. With the game tied at 34 and the Blue Devils positioning themselves for a winning field goal, running back Josh Snead fumbled at the Cincinnati 5-yard line with 1:20 left and Bearcats recovered.
Kay then connected with tight end Travis Kelce on an 83-yard touchdown strike down the middle with 44 seconds left for the go-ahead score.
Cincinnati (10-3) sealed it on the next series when Nick Temple returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown.