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IT'S JUST LIKE A HOLIDAY FOR BEASLEY-POWERED KANSAS STATE

Jonathan Beasley, the overlooked quarterback, turned out to be the star in another wild Holiday Bowl.

The Kansas State junior scored three touchdowns, including the go-ahead 1-yard run with 5:58 left to cap a monster 92-yard, 20-play drive as the No. 7 Wildcats (11-1) rallied to beat Washington, 24-20, on Wednesday night.

Washington's Marques Tuiasosopo, who this season became the first major college quarterback to pass for 300 yards and run for 200 in a same game, was 18 of 27 for 197 yards with one interception and ran 11 times for 30 yards as the prime target of the Kansas State defense. Tuiasosopo was tackled by Monty Beisel on an option play on fourth-and-5 from the 50 with 3:37 left, then safety Jon McGraw broke up his long pass with 2:09 left.

Beasley completed 6 of 9 passes for 63 yards on the drive. Washington finished 7-5.

Around the nation: Arrington leaving

All-America linebacker LaVar Arrington will skip his senior year at Penn State to enter the National Football League draft, his mother told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Carolyn Arrington told the paper that her son will announce his decision later this week. Arrington, who won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, is considered a high first-round pick if he enters the draft.

All-America receiver Troy Walters dislocated his right wrist in practice and will not play for Stanford against Wisconsin in Saturday's Rose Bowl. Walters set the Pac-10 and Stanford records for career receptions and receiving yards this season. He won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wide receiver. He caught 74 passes for 1,456 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin is recovering from the viral infection that struck him and several members of his family but says he'll be ready for his final collegiate game Sunday night against Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.

In other news involving the Volunteers, the school and coach Phil Fulmer are close to a one-year extension that would keep Fulmer, 49, under contract through the 2005 season. The new deal will push his pay to $1.05 million per season.

On tap today: More bowling

Three more bowl games are on today's schedule:

No. 15 Mississippi State (9-2) meets Clemson (6-5) in a battle of resurgent programs in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta (7:30 p.m., ESPN). The Bulldogs were 3-8 in 1995 while the Tigers had the same record last season. Jackie Sherrill is 0-4 in the postseason since becoming Mississippi State coach in 1991. He took ranked teams into the Peach Bowl in 1992 and 1994. Clemson has lost its past three bowl appearances.

Take heart, UB! Illinois (7-4), after compiling a 3-19 record the last two seasons, meets Virginia (7-4) in the Micronpc.com Bowl in Miami (7 p.m., TBS). Like the UB Bulls in 1999, Illinois went 0-11 just two years ago.

"That was about as low as you could get; you can't get much worse than 0-11," Illini senior defensive tackle Mike McGee said. "It took a huge effort by everybody to bring this around. Right now, we're rewarded just by being in Miami."

Quarterback Chris Redman, a top prospect for next spring's NFL draft, plays his final college game as his Louisville Cardinals (7-4) meet Big West Conference champion Boise State (9-3) in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise (3 p.m., ESPN 2). Redman this season became the NCAA Division I-A leader in passes attempted (1,679) and completed (1,031).

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