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Saturday college football bowl winners, losers

Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox (14) is pulled down by Ohio linebacker Jovon Johnson (51) in the Camellia Bowl NCAA college football game in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015.
Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox (14) is pulled down by Ohio linebacker Jovon Johnson (51) in the Camellia Bowl NCAA college football game in Montgomery, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser via The Associated Press

CAMELLIA

Final: Appalachian State 31, Ohio 29

What it means: Appalachian State ends its season 11-2 and with a four-game winning streak. Ohio (8-5) has its three-game winning streak stopped.

Numbers worth noting: Marcus Cox rushes for 162 yards and a touchdown for Appalachian State, which trailed 24-7 at the half. Zach Matics’ 23-yard field goal on the final play is the game-winner.

CURE

Final: San Jose State 27, Georgia State 16

What it means: Both teams end their season with 6-7 records, which is what happens when the NCAA decides 40 bowl games are a good thing. The Spartans still went all out with the Gatorade dunking.

Numbers worth noting: Tyler Ervin rushes for 132 yards on 30 carries and returns three punts for 98 yards, including an 85-yarder for a touchdown. The teams combine for 517 yards, which would be considered a bad game by most Big 12 teams.

LAS VEGAS

Final: Utah 35, BYU 28

What it means: Both teams enter with nine victories, so yes, they deserved bowl recognition.

Numbers worth noting: BYU scores 21 unanswered points in the second half, but that output wasn’t enough against Utah, which scores all five of its touchdowns in the first quarter, two on interception returns.

NEW MEXICO

Final: Arizona 45, New Mexico 37

What it means: Both teams finish the season 7-6. Yes, it’s going to be that kind of bowl season.

Numbers worth noting: Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon throws for 329 yards and two touchdowns. Cayleb Jones catches four passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. Jared Baker rushes for 107 yards and three touchdowns as Arizona wins for just the second time in six games. New Mexico’s Delane Hart-Johnson catches one pass for a 92-yard touchdown and beats his brother’s coverage in the process.

NEW ORLEANS

Final: Louisiana Tech 47, Arkansas State 28

What it means: Both teams end their seasons with 9-4 records.

Numbers worth noting: Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon set NCAA records with his 87th career touchdown and 522nd point. Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel throws for 457 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Boston Scott runs for 106 yards on just four carries and returns four kickoffs for 90 yards. Wide receiver Trent Taylor finishes with 149 receiving yards.

Compiled by Jeff Caraska

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