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Purdue Keeps Tiller’s Streak Alive

January 1, 2003

Purdue has never had a losing season under coach Joe Tiller. For one quarter Tuesday, it looked as if Washington would break that streak of success.

Washington took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter of the Sun Bowl, but Kyle Orton led Purdue’s comeback, passing for 283 yards and two touchdowns as the Boilermakers won 34-24 in the most exciting bowl game of the day.

In other bowl games, Boise State rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to beat Iowa State 34-16 in the Humanitarian Bowl, while Fresno State, Maryland and TCU had a much easier time.

Fresno State beat Georgia Tech 30-21 in the Silicon Valley Classic for its first bowl win in 10 years, TCU beat No. 23 Colorado State 17-3 in the Liberty Bowl, and No. 20 Maryland beat Tennessee 30-3 in the Peach Bowl.

Orton went 25-of-37 with no interceptions for Purdue (7-6). Tiller has had a winning record since taking over as coach in 1997. Even though Purdue has gone to six consecutive bowl games under Tiller, it lost the last three before Tuesday.

John Standeford caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown for Purdue.

Cody Pickett was 25-of-54 with one interception and a touchdown for Washington (7-6).

The Huskies took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter but did not score again until the fourth quarter. Purdue started its rally with five minutes left in the second quarter and took its first lead with 3:33 left in the third period on a 10-yard touchdown run by Joey Harris.

More bowl games were scheduled for Wednesday. In Bowl Championship Series games, Oklahoma plays Washington State in the Rose Bowl, and Florida State plays Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.

In other bowls, it’s Florida against Michigan in the Outback Bowl, Notre Dame against North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl, Penn State against Auburn in the Capital One Bowl and Texas against LSU in the Cotton Bowl.

Southern California plays Iowa in the Orange Bowl on Thursday, and Miami plays Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship on Friday.

Wells Fargo sponsors the Sun Bowl.

No. 20 Maryland 30, Tennessee 3

ATLANTA (AP) _ Scott McBrien ran for two touchdowns and Curome Cox returned an interception 54 yards for another score to lead the Terrapins.

All-American linebacker E.J. Henderson had three sacks, four tackles for a loss, broke up four passes and forced a fumble. He was selected as the defensive Most Outstanding Player.

Nick Kovak kicked three field goals for the Terrapins (11-3), who reached 11 wins for the first time since 1976. They also won a bowl for the first time in 17 years.

McBrien, the Most Outstanding Player on offense, finished 11-of-19 for 120 yards. Bruce Perry, finally healthy after a lengthy recovery from a torn groin, ran for 50 yards.

The Volunteers (8-5) completed their worst season since 1988, and gave coach Phillip Fulmer the most losses of his 11-year career.

The game was sponsored by Chick-fil-A.

Fresno State 30, Georgia Tech 21

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Rodney Davis ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic.

The Bulldogs (9-5) had not won a postseason game since beating Southern California in the 1992 Freedom Bowl, a string of four straight losses.

And they did it with a depleted roster, too. Seven players, including five starters, did not participate because of academic problems.

Asen Asparuhov kicked a 33-yard field goal with 3:43 left, one of his three in the game, and Davis secured the win with a 28-yard TD run just more than a minute later for the Bulldogs. Davis finished with 37 carries.

Georgia Tech freshman backup quarterback Damarius Bilbo passed for a touchdown and ran for another after replacing the ineffective A.J. Suggs, but Bilbo also threw four interceptions as the Yellow Jackets (7-6) committed seven turnovers.

TCU 17, No. 23 Colorado State 3

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Ricky Madison ran for 111 yards and a touchdown to lead TCU in the Liberty Bowl.

The victory is the 500th in school history for TCU (10-2).

Madison ran for 107 of those yards in the rainy second half as TCU’s offense came alive after a sloppy opening by both teams.

In the first half, the teams combined for three lost fumbles, two interceptions, a missed field goal and an unsuccessful faked field goal. Their sloppy play made for the lowest scoring first half of a Liberty Bowl since Penn State led Tulane 6-0 in 1979.

Cecil Sapp finished with 106 yards for Colorado State (10-4).

The Liberty Bowl is sponsored by AXA.

Boise State 34, Iowa State 16

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Brock Forsey scored three touchdowns to lead Boise State to a win in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Forsey, who scored on runs of 4, 2 and 9 yards, finished the season with 32 touchdowns, the second-highest season total in Division I-A. Barry Sanders has the record with 39 for Oklahoma State in 1988.

It was the third Humanitarian Bowl win in four seasons for the Broncos (12-1), who also won it in 2000 and 1999.

The Cyclones (7-7), who opened the season at 6-1 and reached the top 10 for the first time in school history, had a 1-6 finish. Quarterback Seneca Wallace hyperextended his left knee in the first quarter. He came back, but the Cyclone offense sputtered to 275 yards.

Forsey had 24 carries for 78 yards, and Ryan Dinwiddie was 17-for-32 for 160 yards and ran for a touchdown.

Crucial.com sponsors the Humanitarian Bowl.

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