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Virginia Tech, Ohio, Texas Tech Win in College Football Bowls

Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal to help Virginia Tech to a 13-10 overtime victory over Rutgers University in college football’s Russell Athletic Bowl.

In other bowl games last night, Ohio topped Louisiana 45-14 in the Independence Bowl and Texas Tech defeated Minnesota 34-31 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

At the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Virginia Tech (7-6) rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit to tie the game at 10-10 in the fourth quarter on Journell’s 25-yard field goal and Logan Thomas’s 2-yard pass to Corey Fuller.

Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field goal in overtime which cost him the chance to tie the game for Rutgers (9-4).

Thomas completed 15 of 39 passing attempts for 92 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Gary Nova connected on 17 of 40 passing attempts for 130 yards and one interception.

At Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, Beau Blankenship carried 19 times for 104 yards and four touchdowns for Ohio.

Tyler Tettleton completed 14 of 22 passing attempts for 331 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Tettleman threw a three-yard pass to Donte Foster three minutes into the first quarter and hit Chase Cochran with a 68-yard scoring pass four minutes later as Ohio (9-4) secured a 24-7 halftime lead.

Kolton Browning made 21 of 39 passing attempts for 219 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions for Louisiana (8-5).

Texas Tech

At Reliant Stadium in Houston, Ryan Bustin kicked a 28-yard field goal, his second of the game, as the clock ran out to break a 31-31 tie and give Texas Tech the win.

The Red Raiders (8-5) had a 24-17 halftime advantage on Jakeem Grant’s 99-yard kickoff return, Michael Brewer’s touchdown pass, Bustin’s field goal and Seth Doege’s four-yard run.

The Golden Gophers (6-7) tied the game at 24-24 on Philip Nelson’s 17-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, and Minnesota took a 31-24 lead two minutes into the final quarter on Nelson’s one-yard scoring pass.

Texas Tech’s Doege tied the score at 31-31 with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Eric Ward and Bustin added his winning field goal.

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