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College Football Report / Scores & facts

Monday's bowl game

Independence Bowl -- Missouri 41, North Carolina 24: James Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Missouri easily beat North Carolina in the Independence Bowl.

Missouri (8-5) won its final football game as a member of the Big 12, finishing the season on a four-game winning streak for the first time since 1965. The Tigers will join the Southeastern Conference next season.

Franklin rushed for 142 yards and threw for 132, leading Missouri to an Independence Bowl-record 31 first-half points. Kendial Lawrence added 108 rushing yards for the Tigers, who gained 337 yards on the ground.

North Carolina (7-6) lost five of their final seven after starting the season with a 5-1 record. Bryn Renner threw for 317 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for UNC.


Today's bowls games

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl -- Purdue vs. Western Michigan (4:30 p.m., ESPN): The Broncos of the MAC have been to only four bowl games in their history and have yet to win one. They had a 7-5 season that included a trio of hard-luck losses by four points or less. Western Michigan has scored at least 38 points seven times this season. Purdue won two of its last three regular-season games, including a victory over Ohio State, to become bowl eligible.

Belk Bowl -- NC State vs. Louisville (8 p.m., ESPN): Wolfpack QB Mike Glennon has flourished as a junior this season. He threw for 2,790 yards and 28 touchdowns for his 7-5 team. After a 3-4 start, the Wolfpack won four of their last five games to become bowl eligible. Glennon threw eight touchdown passes in his final two games, including five in the season finale when he brought the Wolfpack back from a 33-point deficit to beat Maryland and clinch a bowl berth.

Freshman Teddy Bridgewater took over as Louisville's starter the third week of the season against Kentucky. He led the Cardinals to wins in five of their final six games. He threw for 1,855 yards with 12 touchdown passes.