Baylor, San Jose, Cincinnati Win; USC’s Barkley Out of Sun Bowl
Glasco Martin rushed for 98 yards and three touchdowns as Baylor University upset No. 17 University of California at Los Angeles 49-26 in college football’s Holiday Bowl.
No. 24 San Jose State defeated Bowling Green State 29-20 in yesterday’s Military Bowl, and the University of Cincinnati beat Duke University 48-34 in the Belk Bowl.
University of Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley, projected as one of the top picks in the 2013 National Football League draft, had his college career ended prematurely with a sore right shoulder. After missing USC’s regular-season finale against Notre Dame, he’ll also be absent from the Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech on Dec. 31.
“It’s a tough day,” Barkley said yesterday. “I’ve worked as hard as I could to get back for this game, but nature’s not allowing it and the doctors aren’t allowing it, which is the most important thing.”
Max Wittek will start in place of Barkley, who hurt his shoulder against UCLA, said coach Lane Kiffin.
“I’m at peace,” said Barkley, adding that he’s looking ahead to April’s NFL draft. “I do have peace and I know that whatever the case is right now, I can make it into a great case come April, which is what my goal is now.”
Barkley owns 20 school records and 10 Pac-12 marks. He’s the Pac-12’s leader in total offense (12,214), yards passing (12,327), completions (1,001), touchdown passes (116) and combined rushing and passing touchdowns (122). He’s also the only player in league history to have 2,500 yards or more of total offense four times.
At Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Baylor jumped out to a 21-0 lead on Martin’s four-yard touchdown run followed by back- to-back touchdown passes by Nick Florence. Martin then ran 26 yards for a touchdown and Lache Seastrunk rushed 43 yards as the Bears took a 35-10 halftime lead.
Martin and Florence each added one-yard touchdown runs in the second half for Baylor. Florence completed 10 of 13 passing attempts for 188 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears (8-5).
Brett Hundley connected on 26 of 50 passing attempts for 329 yards and three touchdowns, including one on the game’s final play, for the Bruins (9-5).
At RFK Memorial Stadium in Washington, Dale Fales completed 33 of 43 passing attempts for 395 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans (11-2) to the win.
Fales connected with Kyle Nunn on a 33-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and hooked up with Chandler Jones on an 18- yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Austin Lopez kicked two field goals, De’Leon Eskridge ran one yard for a score and San Jose State added a safety on a blocked punt.
Tyler Tate kicked two field goals in the first half for the Falcons (8-5), while Anthon Samuel and John Pettigrew added rushing touchdowns in the second half.
At Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brendon Kay passed for 332 yards and four touchdowns as Cincinnati rallied from a 13-point first-quarter deficit to beat Duke. The Bearcats scored two touchdowns in the final 44 seconds to snap a 34-34 tie.
Trailing 16-3 at the end of the first quarter, Kay passed for two touchdowns in the second quarter to give Cincinnati a 17-16 halftime advantage.
Tony Miliano’s field goal and George Winn’s 46-yard touchdown run extended Cincinnati’s lead to 27-16 before Duke recaptured the lead, 31-27, on Sean Renfree’s 10-yard scoring pass to Conner Vernon and Brandon Connette’s two-yard touchdown throw to David Reeves.
Kay completed a 25-yard pass to Chris Moore and an 83- yarder to Travis Kelce in the fourth quarter for a 41-34 lead with 44 seconds left. Cincinnati clinched the win as Nick Temple scored on a 55-yard interception return of Renfree with 14 seconds remaining.
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