Jared Tew put Air Force ahead with a 3-yard touchdown run and the Falcons beat Georgia Tech, 14-7, in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La., on Monday.
The Falcons (9-4) got two field goals from backup kicker Zack Bell on the first two attempts of his career, then capitalized on a muffed Georgia Tech punt return late in third quarter. Tew's score capped the drive after the special-teams miscue.
Air Force's Tim Jefferson completed 11 of 23 passes for 117 yards. Bell's field goals came from 41 and 42 yards.
Georgia Tech's sixth consecutive bowl loss finished its first losing season in 14 years.
Tevin Washington rushed for 131 yards and Anthony Allen added 91 as the Yellow Jackets outgained Air Force, 320-287.
Florida missing four starters. The Gators will be without cornerback Janoris Jenkins and three other starters against Penn State in the Outback Bowl.
Jenkins had surgery on his right shoulder recently and will miss the New Year's Day game. Right tackle Maurice Hurt and defensive tackles Lawrence Marsh and Terron Sanders also will miss coach Urban Meyer's finale due to injuries.
TCU's winningest QB. Andy Dalton arrived at TCU with little fanfare, when what made him stand out was his red hair and the most popular Horned Frogs jersey was the No. 5 of LaDainian Tomlinson.
Dalton (41 victories) makes his final start for the Frogs on Saturday in the Rose Bowl, where there will be plenty of purple No. 14 jerseys for the winningest quarterback at the same school where Davey O'Brien and "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh played.
"It's bittersweet for sure," Dalton said. "I just feel so blessed to have everything I've been able to accomplish."
Keeping WVU focused. All the emotions Bill Stewart has reserved the last few weeks will be tough to control when he takes the field again as West Virginia's coach.
While he still has one more season at the helm, part of his staff is being dismantled to make room for coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen. That makes the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday night against North Carolina State the last time Stewart will be together with some assistants.
"That's a personal matter," he said, taking a deep breath. "That is in my heart."
As if that wasn't enough, three players - including starting center Joe Madsen - won't participate in the game because they failed to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.
No south of the border. Players from Notre Dame and Miami will not be allowed to cross the border into one of Mexico's most dangerous cities during their free time before the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday. Fans from both schools also have been urged to be cautious. El Paso, Texas, borders the Mexican city of Cuidad Juarez, which is wrapped in a drug war.
Elzy out. North Carolina said running back Anthony Elzy will not play in Thursday's Music City Bowl against Tennessee after failing to meet his obligations as a student-athlete at the school.
Stunning victory. T.Y. Hilton was ready for anything when he showed up for the first bowl in Florida International's young history. Even fourth and 17 with time running out.
Hilton picked up a crucial first down on a desperate hook-and-ladder, and the Golden Panthers stunned Toledo, 34-32, with a last-second field goal Sunday night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Jack Griffin's 34-yard kick provided the winning points, but it was Hilton's dramatic fourth-down conversion on a trick play that kept the drive alive.