Army recorded its first winning season since 1996, as Josh McNary scooped up a fumble and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown and the Black Knights held on to beat SMU, 16-14, Thursday in the Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas.
Army (7-6) had a 16-0 halftime lead on SMU's home field, then ran out the final 4 minutes after Matt Szymanski missed a 47-yard field-goal attempt that would have put the Mustangs (7-7) ahead.
After the win, the Black Knights doused second-year coach Rich Ellerson with the contents of a water cooler. When Ellerson was hired, Army was coming off three consecutive 3-9 seasons.
Syracuse 36, Kansas State 34 - Delone Carter ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns, Greg Sales caught three long TD passes, and Syracuse won the first Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
Music City Bowl
North Carolina 30, Tennessee 27 (2OT) - The Tar Heels' Casey Barth kicked a tying 40-yard field goal on the final play of regulation and won the game with a 23-yarder.
Pryor pledge. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the four other Ohio State players facing five-game suspensions next season would not have traveled with the team to the Sugar Bowl if they had not pledged to return in 2011, coach Jim Tressel said.
The five players have been punished by the NCAA for selling championship rings and memorabilia and taking discounts from a tattoo parlor.
Tressel said he wanted to make sure that the players wouldn't "skirt the consequences" by playing in the Sugar Bowl, then declaring for the NFL draft and avoiding any punishment. Eligible underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft.
Also facing suspension are tailback Dan Herron, offensive tackle Mike Adams, receiver DeVier Posey, and defensive end Solomon Thomas.
Elsewhere. LaMichael James, a sophomore and the nation's leading rusher this season, said he would return to Oregon next season. . . . Brent Pease, who spent the past five seasons as Boise State's wide-receivers coach, was named offensive coordinator at Indiana. . . . Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen agreed to a new contract that will pay him an average of $2.65 million over four years.