Justin Burke threw for a pair of touchdowns and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return Tuesday night to help Louisville beat Southern Mississippi, 31-28, in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Burke tossed scoring passes of 11 yards to Cameron Graham and 10 yards to Josh Chichester while the Cardinals (7-6) erased a 14-point first-half deficit, then produced a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter.

Austin Davis threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns to become the career TD pass leader for Southern Mississippi (8-5), moving ahead of Brett Favre and Lee Roberts with 53.

Honor for Kelly. In just his second season leading Oregon, Chip Kelly is taking the second-ranked Ducks to the national championship game on Jan. 10 against No. 1 Auburn - and for that he was voted AP coach of the year.

Kelly received 24 votes from the 60-member AP football poll panel to beat out his BCS title game counterpart, Gene Chizik of Auburn, who received 17 votes.

Paterno turns 84. No special plans for Joe Paterno on his 84th birthday - just two Penn State practices.

The Nittany Lions spent Tuesday drilling in Clearwater, Fla., as they get ready for the Outback Bowl against Florida on Jan. 1.

It's not all business for JoePa. He was scheduled to get a birthday cake at the team dinner.