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POSTED December 28, 2013 12:22 a.m.

HOUSTON (AP) — Syracuse coach Scott Shafer wishes his team could have held its big lead over Minnesota and cruised to an easy win in the Texas Bowl on Friday night.

But he found it fitting that the Orange had to eke out the victory considering the number of close games they played this season.

Terrel Hunt scrambled 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:14 remaining to lift Syracuse to a 21-17 victory over the Golden Gophers.

“It would have nice if we could have just knocked them out and won by 17 or something,” Shafer said. “That’s kind of not our way this year. I think it was appropriate that we won in that fashion.”

Brisly Estime set up Hunt’s touchdown with a 70-yard punt return. Estime would have scored if not for a tackle by punter Peter Mortell.

“Brisly is a quick as a jitterbug,” Shafer said. “We felt that he could give us something.”



Military Bowl

Marshall 31, Maryland 20

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland had just marched 99 yards to take a fourth-quarter lead, and it was up to Marshall to either respond or succumb.

“These kids never flinched,” coach Doc Holliday said. “The one thing I like about this group is that it didn’t matter.”

With standout quarterback Rakeem Cato leading the way, the Thundering Herd scored two touchdowns in the final 12 minutes to pull out a 31-20 victory Friday.

Cato went 28 for 44 for 337 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. The most notable part about his performance was that he saved the best for last.

Marshall (10-4) trailed 20-17 before Cato brought them back. After directing a 63-yard march to put Marshall up 24-20 with 12:05 left, Cato clinched it with an 8-yard touchdown throw to Gator Hoskins with 3:42 to play.



Fight Hunger Bowl

Washington 31, BYU 16

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bishop Sankey ran for 95 yards and two scores to tie Washington’s career touchdown record and the Huskies went on to beat BYU 31-16 in the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday night.

Keith Price added a 16-yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and John Ross returned a kick 100 yards for another score to help the Huskies (9-4) win their most games since going 11-1 and winning the Rose Bowl in 2000.

Taysom Hill threw for 293 yards and ran for 133 yards and a score for the Cougars (8-5), who had their four-game bowl winning streak snapped. Justin Sorensen kicked three field goals but also missed one in the third quarter after an interception by Robertson Daniel gave BYU prime field position.

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