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Masoli, Oregon outlast Cowboys

Da'Rel Scott's 49-yard TD broke a fourth-quarter tie in Maryland's win over Nevada. Da'Rel Scott's 49-yard TD broke a fourth-quarter tie in Maryland's win over Nevada. (Joe Jaszewski/Associated Press)
Associated Press / December 31, 2008
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Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli ran through and over Oklahoma State's defense for three touchdowns and threw for another to lead the No. 15 Ducks to a 42-31 win over the No. 13 Cowboys in a wild Holiday Bowl last night in San Diego.

Masoli, who quickly moved up from No. 3 on the depth chart this season because of injuries, scored on option keepers of 1, 41, and 17 yards in the third quarter, then threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Jaison Williams in the fourth quarter.

Masoli, who ran over OSU free safety Quinton Moore on his 41-yard jaunt, gained 106 yards on 16 carries and threw for 258 yards.

Oregon finished 10-3, the fourth time it has had double-digit wins in Mike Bellotti's 14 seasons as coach. Oklahoma State finished 9-4.

Oregon's LeGarrette Blount put an exclamation point on the victory with a 29-yard touchdown run during which he hurdled Moore and stiff-armed cornerback Perrish Cox with three minutes to play.

Humanitarian Bowl - Benched for 2 1/2 quarters after breaking curfew, Da'rel Scott ran for 174 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in 14 carries and Maryland held off Nevada, 42-35, in Boise, Idaho.

Scott's 49-yard touchdown sprint early in the fourth quarter broke a 28-all tie and his 2-yard TD gallop but the Terps (8-5) up 14 points.

Scott was one of seven Terrapins benched by coach Ralph Friedgen for curfew violations. He didn't get to play on the famous blue turf here until early in the third quarter and didn't touch the ball until the 5:55 mark of the third.

Nevada (7-6) was led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who finished 24 for 47 for a bowl-record 370 yards and three touchdowns despite playing with a sprained right ankle.

Texas Bowl - Chase Clement threw three touchdown passes, ran for a score, and caught a TD pass from Jarett Dillard to lead Rice to a 38-14 win over Western Michigan in Houston.

Dillard also caught his nation-leading 20th touchdown pass of the season as the Owls (10-3) won a bowl game for the first time since the 1954 Cotton Bowl and reached 10 victories for the first time since 1949.

Clement went 30 for 44 for 307 yards and was the game's Most Valuable Player. Dillard caught his 60th career touchdown, adding to his NCAA record.

The Broncos (9-4) fell to 0-4 in bowls and missed their chance for their first 10-win season.

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