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UTAH GIVES FRESNO STATE THE BOOT IN LAS VEGAS BOWL

LAS VEGAS -- Mike Anderson will always remember this honeymoon in Vegas.

Anderson rushed for a school- and Las Vegas Bowl-record 254 yards and Cletus Truhe atoned for prior failures by booting a 33-yard field goal with 5:07 to play as Utah earned its first postseason victory in five years, 17-16, over Fresno State.

The 6-foot, 232-pound Anderson broke the Utah record of 248 yards set by Eddie Johnson against Texas-El Paso in 1984. He also scored Utah's two touchdowns with runs of 34 and 5 yards.

Truhe's first two field goal tries were blocked by Terence Brown of Fresno State (8-5). The first block was returned 75 yards for a touchdown by Payton Williams.

The Utes (9-3) overcame 15 penalties and key injuries, including a sprained shoulder by newlywed quarterback T.D. Croshaw.

Hampton avenges defeat

ATLANTA -- Vincent Lewis set up a touchdown and a field goal with two of his three interceptions and Hampton (8-4) forced three other turnovers as the Pirates avenged an earlier loss with a 24-3 win over Southern (11-2) in the Heritage Bowl.

"My job was just to make sure everybody was where they were supposed to be," Lewis said.

He said of the interceptions, "I was breaking on the ball and I was just at the right place at the right time."

The loss ended a two-game winning streak in the Heritage Bowl for the Jaguars, who beat Hampton, 21-6, in October at Indianapolis. It was only the second loss for Southern in six Heritage Bowl appearances.

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Kelly Campbell, Georgia Tech's leading wide receiver, practiced Saturday in preparation for the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl, but his participation in the game remains in doubt after a misdemeanor drug arrest. Campbell was arrested Thursday on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. He remains on the team pending results of a drug test. Campbell, a sophomore, led the Yellow Jackets with 69 catches, 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Adrian Peterson rushed for a record 247 yards in 25 carries and scored three touchdowns as Georgia Southern (13-2) scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter and routed Youngstown State, 59-24, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Georgia Southern became the first team to win five Division I-AA titles. Adrian Brown scored two touchdowns for Youngstown State (12-3) and rushed for 160 yards on 22 carries.

"Adrian (Peterson) is a great running back," Penguins linebacker David Vecchione said. "He's a load. He runs nonstop. . . . You can't stick an arm out there because he's going to break right through it."

Chad Johnson completed 18 of 28 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns as Pacific Lutheran (13-1) rolled to a 42-13 victory over Rowan (12-2) in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl in Salem, Va., which decided the NCAA Division III championship.

Rowan, which reached the Stagg Bowl for the fifth time in seven years, still is looking for its first national title.

Al Hunt passed for two touchdowns and ran for another -- all in the second half -- leading Northwestern Oklahoma State (13-0) to a 34-26 victory over Georgetown College (13-1) in Savannah, Tenn., for the NAIA championship.

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