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12.29.06: C-USA champ Houston ready for Gamecocks ... Seminoles finish strong for winning season ... Duquesne basketball coach hospitalized
12.28.06: Ford, former gridder and President, succumbs ... MAC champs cruise to Motor City Bowl win ... Cremins fills a need with return to coaching
12.27.06: Hoops: Houston's Dowell named player of week ... Southern Miss announces pair of juco transfers ... Fundraiser for Buckeyes' families questioned
12.26.06: ECU women's soccer performs in classroom ... Warriors' offense rolls past ASU in Hawaii Bowl
12.25.06: Aborted flight grounds ECU fans ... Utes' get their kicks at Tulsa's expense ... Fumbles leave Lobos lamenting
12.24.06: Returnees yield No. 1 baseball ranking for Rice ... Owls wings clipped again at Superdome ... Air Force alum succeeds DeBerry
12.23.06: Nifong hangs on to unraveling Duke rape case ... BYU seniors realize their dream in Las Vegas ... Paulus wows homefolks, Coach K in Big Apple ... Appalachian State basking in a multi-sport roll
12.22.06: Former ECU assistant Brindise leaving coaching ... USF's Burnett apparently out for bowl ... ECU's Mills scores 24 in losing effort in Cancun
12.21.06: Cavanaugh joins Pirate baseball staff ... Lady Pirates lose opener in Cancun to Pitt ... Derek Dooley leaving Dolphins for La. Tech
12.20.06: ECU's Graham getting double exposure ... Stanford names Harbaugh as new coach ... Women's hoops contest called due to rain
12.19.06: ECU's Allison selected for Senior Bowl ... BC picks longtime ECU assistant Jagodzinski ... Television numbers up for college football
12.18.06: Former ECU aide Calloway takes helm at UAB ... Auburn suspends 3 from bowl game ... 17,000-plus watch Nebraska win volleyball title
12.17.06: Orange Bowl resets ECU-Wake hoops to Jan. 1 ... Spurrier's wife, Lawing commit infractions ... Rebs, Bulldogs shuffled on Memphis schedule
12.16.06: Appalachian State repeats as I-AA champ ... DeBerry announces retirement at Air Force ... Possible perp in Pata shooting held in Boston
12.15.06: Boone booming with football success ... All-America: Rice's Dillard and UTEP's Higgins ... Miami offensive coordinator moving to ASU
12.14.06: Grobe gets national recognition for coaching ... ECU soccer duo receives honors
12.13.06: Pirate baseball competes to get in shape ... Holy Toledo! Green Wave's search over ... Arizona State fills football coaching void
12.12.06: Garrard not complaining after Jags win ... Rutgers' Schiano named coach of year ... Wolfpack dominates Lady Pirates in Raleigh
12.11.06: Watson Brown heads home to Tennessee Tech ... Boston College names Spaziani interim coach ... Georgia Tech's Johnson wins Biletnikoff award
12.10.06: Junior Smith involved in Cox commitment ... WVU's Rodriguez says no to Bama's big bucks ... Boykin leaves Blue Devils hoops program
12.09.06: Garrard named AFC player of the week ... C-USA players of year: Kolb, Bunting, Higgins ,,, Miami elevates Shannon to head coach
12.08.06: Rivers tips off conclusion of coaching search ... Orioles' Roberts serving FCA baseball camps ... Hoops: Lady Pirates defeat UNC-Wilmington
12.07.06: Nine Pirates named to all-conference teams ... League honors four ECU freshman gridders ... Recruiting thumbnail: Rodney Cox ... ECU's Norris named to All-South 2nd team
12.06.06: UTEP's Higgins named AFCA All-American ... Memphis thumps Herd in C-USA hoops opener ... C-USA names top cross country performers
12.05.06: First-ever Gators- Buckeyes match-up a big one ... Boise State crashes BCS party in Fiesta ... Seminoles top Lady Pirates for tourney title
12.04.06: New recruiting thumbnail: Tyrell Worthington ... McFadden leads Independence into title game ... Bearcats bound for new bowl in Toronto
12.03.06: Paper: Hudson among Cincy coaching targets ... UAB ousted from NCAA volleyball by UCLA
12.02.06: Witter wins minor league baseball honor ... Millican in position in LPGA qualifying ... ECU announces challenging softball slate
12.01.06: C-USA announces football players of year ... Rice's Graham gets coach of year award ... ECU's Krug lands All-America honor

News Nuggets, 12.30.06
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Field goal lifts Cowboys past Crimson Tide

Oklahoma State had a two-touchdown lead and was on the verge of blowing away Alabama, according to this Tulsa World excerpt.

Then, during a dramatic and deflating two minutes midway through the fourth quarter, the Cowboys found themselves in a very uncomfortable spot.

Two huge special teams mistakes had brought the Crimson Tide all the way back to a 31-31 score.

"Oklahoma State had lost four games on the last play of the game," said Alabama interim coach Joe Kines. "They found a way to win one on the last play."

The Cowboys, unable to close out Alabama when they had chances earlier in the game, made a series of huge plays on a beautiful 10-play drive to win the game.

Jason Ricks hit a 27-yard field goal with eight seconds left to nail down a heart-stopping victory over Alabama, 34-31, Thursday night in the Independence Bowl.

Lynch leads Cal Bears past Texas A&M

California's football team had seen this act before.

Holiday Bowl. Tactically annoying opponent from the great state of Texas. A junior playmaker among its ranks, playing coy about his future, but clearly with one foot out the door, according to this Contra Costa Times excerpt.

Two years ago the Goodbye Guy was quarterback Aaron Rogers, who fell flat in a two-touchdown loss to pass-happy Texas Tech. Thursday it was running back Marshawn Lynch, who gave himself a going-away party better suited to the occasion.

In fact, it worked out better all the way around for Cal on Thursday. The Bears, initially confounded by Texas A&M's option-centric offense, stabilized in the second quarter, then came on strong in the second half for a 45-10 victory.

Lynch, who surely will declare himself eligible for April's NFL draft, left his fans wanting more. Playing with spirited abandon, he ran for 111 yards, caught three passes and scored two touchdowns.

Wildcats face the music, finish on high note

The Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl was music to the ears of Kentucky fans, according to this Nashville Tennessean excerpt.

The Wildcats thumped favored Clemson 28-20 in front of a sellout and largely blue-clad crowd of 68,024.

It was Kentucky’s first bowl win since 1984 when the Wildcats defeated Wisconsin 20-19 at the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, AL.

Kentucky quickly built on its 14-6 halftime lead when quarterback Andre’ Woodson threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Dicky Lyons, Jr., in the third quarter to give Kentucky a 21-6 advantage.

In the fourth quarter Woodson hit tight end Jacob Tamme for a 13-yard touchdown score.

The Wildcats defense played nothing like its No. 117 national ranking in total defense. It allowed only six points for more than three quarters and kept Clemson’s outstanding running attack in check throughout.

News Nuggets are compiled periodically based on material supplied by staff members; data published by ECU, Conference USA and its member schools; and reports from electronic services and other sources. Copyright 2006 and other publishers. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


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