TCU smashes Ole Miss in Peach Bowl
ATLANTA (AP) — Texas Christian smashed Mississippi 42-3 in the Peach Bowl on Wednesday, doing its best to prove that the college selection committee was wrong to leave the Horned Frogs out of the top four and a shot at the national title.
TCU was ranked third going into the final game of the regular season, and despite producing a lopsided victory over Iowa State, it was dropped to No.6, costing it a berth among the four which will contest college football’s semifinals on Thursday.
In other New Year’s Eve results, Georgia Tech’s ground game proved too much for Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl, and Boise State hung on to edge Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.
TCU rode three touchdown passes from Trevone Boykin and a dominant defense in cruising past Mississippi.
Josh Doctson had two touchdown catches and Aaron Green ran for a score and added a touchdown reception for the Horned Frogs.
Ole Miss suffered its fourth loss from its last six games, with quarterback Bo Wallace throwing three interceptions, including one caught in the Rebels’ end zone by defensive end James McFarland for a touchdown.
The Rebels only avoided a shutout when Gary Wunderlich kicked a field goal with 7:18 remaining.
Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas ran for three touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 49-34 victory over Mississippi State in the Orange Bowl.
Thomas ran for 121 yards and threw for 125. Synjyn Days rushed for 171 yards and three scores, including a 69-yarder that defused Mississippi State’s comeback bid.
Georgia Tech, which had 452 yards rushing for the game, earned its first Orange Bowl victory in 63 years. It was only its second bowl victory in 10 seasons, against eight defeats.
Mississippi State lost three of its final four games in a disappointing end to the season, after having been ranked No. 1 for five consecutive weeks.
Boise State made a late defensive stand to hang onto a 38-30 win against Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.
Boise State raced to a 21-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes before allowing Arizona to claw its way back.
The Wildcats marched quickly down the field in the closing seconds, but Kamalei Correa sacked Anu Solomon at the 10-yard line on the final play.
Jay Ajayi ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns while Grant Hedrick threw for 309 yards and a touchdown, helping the Broncos cap a successful first season under coach Bryan Harsin with their third Fiesta Bowl victory.