EL PASO, Texas USC was ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season, and Matt Barkley was a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy. The year ended with Barkley on the sideline as the Trojans lost to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl.
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 21-7 victory Monday at Sun Bowl Stadium.
Washington's one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter made it 14-7, and he found Orwin Smith for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth.
Barkley, the first three-time captain in USC history, injured his right shoulder in a loss to UCLA and was not cleared to play.
Max Wittek tossed a nine-yard touchdown pass to Silas Redd in the second quarter but also threw three interceptions. Redd also had 88 yards rushing on 17 carries.
The Trojans (7-6) struggled to contain Georgia Tech's triple-option attack. The Yellow Jackets (7-7) rushed for 294 yards on 63 carries while stopping a seven-bowl losing streak.
David Sims had 99 yards on 17 carries, but he got plenty of help. Zach Laskey added 60 yards on six carries, Vad Lee had 52 on 10 carries, and Washington had 16 attempts for 46 yards for the No. 4 rushing team in the nation.
Sims also caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Lee in the first quarter.
Lee and Washington combined to go just 5-for-10 passing, but two completions went for touchdowns and two more covered 26 and 49 yards and keyed two of Georgia Tech's scoring drives.
Chick-fil-A Bowl: No. 14 Clemson 25, No. 9 LSU 24 in Atlanta Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired. Trailing 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd completed a pass for 26 yards to DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive.
Catanzaro's kick set off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands. Some players collapsed on the field in apparent disbelief while most of Clemson's orange jerseys met in a midfield circle.
Jeremy Hill ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns for LSU (10-3), which carried a 24-13 lead into the final quarter.
Music City Bowl: Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24 in Nashville, Tenn. Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Vanderbilt capped its best season since 1915. The Commodores (9-4) closed the year with seven straight wins for its longest streak since 1948.
Vandy forced five turnovers four in the first half and turned those into 17 points in topping N.C. State (7-6).
Liberty Bowl: Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17 in Memphis, Tenn. Trey Watts rushed for 149 yards, Alex Singleton ran for three scores, and Tulsa avenged a season-opening loss to the Cyclones (6-7). The Golden Hurricane (11-3) posted the second 11-win season in school history. Iowa State was seeking its second winning season in the last seven years.