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Jamison, Nelson Lead Rutgers, Brigham Young to Bowl Game Wins

Dec. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Rutgers University running back Jawan Jamison and Brigham Young University quarterback Riley Nelson had multi-touchdown performances as their teams won college football bowl games yesterday.

In other games, Vick Ballard scored two touchdowns in Mississippi State’s 23-17 victory over Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl, and Blake Bell ran for three touchdowns to lead the University of Oklahoma to a 31-14 win over Iowa in the Insight Bowl.

Jamison, a sophomore, rushed for 131 yards with two touchdowns as the Scarlet Knights beat Iowa State 27-13 in the second annual Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium. The Rutgers defense forced three turnovers and held the Cyclones out of the end zone for the first 50 minutes of the game en route to their fifth consecutive bowl victory.

Nelson threw his third scoring pass to Cody Hoffman with 11 seconds remaining to give BYU a 24-21 victory against the University of Tulsa in college football’s Armed Forces Bowl.

Nelson, who was 17-of-40 for 250 yards, hit Hoffman with a two-yard scoring pass for the decisive touchdown for BYU (10-3). Nelson also had touchdown throws of 30 and 17 yards to Hoffman.

G.J. Kinne had three scoring passes for the Golden Hurricane (8-5) in the game in Dallas.

Ballard Leads Mississippi

Rutgers (9-5), which was ranked 115th in college football’s 120-team top tier in rushing this season, ran for 173 yards against the Cyclones (6-7). Rutgers took a 7-6 lead on a one-yard touchdown run by Jamison with 12:39 remaining in the first half and never trailed again.

At LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee, Ballard ran for 60 yards with three minutes left in the first quarter to tie the score at 7-7 for Mississippi State (7-6). He added the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter with a 72-yard run. Ballard carried 14 times for 180 yards.

Brandon Pendergrass and Tommy Bohanon scored touchdowns for Wake Forest (6-7).

At Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, Bell rushed for a 4-yard touchdown in the first quarter and repeated the feat in the second to give the Sooners (9-3) a 14-0 halftime lead. He capped the team’s scoring with a touchdown with 45 seconds left in the game on a 21-yard run.

James Vandenburg put the Hawkeyes (7-5) on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter with back-to-back touchdown passes of 5 yards to C.J. Fiedorowicz and 9 yards to Jordan Canzeri.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eben Novy-Williams at Yankee Stadium at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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