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GEORGIA TECH QB STINGS WEST VIRGINIA

Joe Hamilton scrambled his way to the Most Valuable Player award in the Carquest Bowl Monday night.

The elusive sophomore passed and ran for 356 yards and three touchdowns to help Georgia Tech beat West Virginia, 35-30.

"A couple of times Joe made something out of nothing," Yellow Jackets coach George O'Leary said. "That's a sign of a great athlete."

Hamilton completed 19 of 36 passes for 274 yards and added 82 yards rushing in 14 carries. He scored from the shotgun on scrambles of 30 and 9 yards and rolled out before hitting Mike Lillie with a 3-yard touchdown pass.

"Any time you play a scrambling quarterback like that, it's almost impossible," Mountaineers linebacker Gary Still said. "Guys were missing tackles on him all game long."

Both teams finished the season 7-5. West Virginia and coach Don Nehlen fell to 0-7 in bowl games since beating Texas Christian in the 1984 Bluebonnet Bowl.

West Virginia's Marc Bulger, a sophomore, completed 25 of 40 passes for 353 yards and two touchdowns to Jerry Porter.

The Yellow Jackets scored on their first three possessions to go ahead, 21-7. West Virginia closed within five points on Bulger's 74-yard touchdown pass to Porter with 3:49 left, but Georgia Tech picked up two first downs to run out the clock.

The game drew only 28,262 fans, the smallest crowd in the bowl's eight-year history. Carquest officials had hoped for 50,000 in 75,192-seat Pro Player Stadium.

Georgia Tech, which had the worst defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference, held Amos Zereoue under 100 yards. He gained 84 yards in 17 carries and scored on runs of 14 and 19 yards, giving him 18 touchdowns this season.

Punt return sparks Colorado St.

SAN DIEGO -- Darran Hall raced untouched for a touchdown on a Holiday Bowl-record 85-yard punt return in the third quarter to give No. 18 Colorado State (11-2) the lead for good in a win over No. 19 Missouri (7-5).

Hall also scored on a 14-yard reverse on the game's first drive.

Quarterback Moses Moreno was 18 of 24 for 206 yards and threw touchdown passes of 18 yards to Corey McCoy and 47 yards to Dallas Davis for the Rams.

And backup quarterback Ryan Eslinger provided the wackiest play of the night, scoring from 23 yards on a fake field goal to give the Rams a 35-24 lead with 10:44 left. The snap went straight to Eslinger, the holder, who needed to get to the 13 to get a first down. He got hit at the 20, but bounced off two tacklers and spun free for the touchdown.

Missouri quarterback Corby Jones didn't have a good night. He rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries, but couldn't get the passing game going. He completed only 8 of 17 passes for 68 yards.

Bearcats roll in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho -- Chad Plummer threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Cincinnati (8-4) beat Utah State (6-6) in the inaugural Humanitarian Bowl.

Plummer, the Bearcats' quarterback, led an offense that gained 411 yards on the afternoon and controlled the ball for more than 42 minutes. Plummer had 64 yards receiving, 62 yards passing, 53 yards rushing and won the game's MVP award.

The win was Cincinnati's first in a bowl game since the 1949 Glass Bowl in Toledo, Ohio.

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