College football: TCU rallies from 31-point deficit to stun Oregon in Alamo Bowl

Bram Kohlhausen's eight-yard touchdown run in the third overtime carried No. 11 Texas Christian to a wild 47-41 victory over No. 15 Oregon in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday night as the Horned Frogs stormed back from a 31-0 halftime deficit behind a backup quarterback at San Antonio.

The 31-point comeback to win tied the record for a bowl game, matching Texas Tech in the 2006 Insight Bowl against Minnesota.

Oregon stormed to the big lead early behind quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., but he was knocked out of the game late in the second quarter after taking a hard hit to the head.

Oregon gained only 18 yards in regulation in the second half.

Kohlhausen started in place of Trevone Boykin, who was suspended after a bar fight two days earlier. Kohlhausen passed for 351 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores.

West Virginia outlasts Arizona State

Skyler Howard threw for a Cactus Bowl-record 532 yards and hit David Sills on a 15-yard pass for his fifth touchdown with 2:19 left, lifting the Mountaineers to a wild 43-42 win over the Sun Devils.

The Cactus Bowl made up for its late start with an assault on the record books.

The teams combined for 1,196 yards of offense and the 950 yards passing was the most in the Cactus Bowl's 27-year history.

Typically a run-oriented team, West Virginia (8-5) went to the air, and Howard broke the Cactus Bowl record of 476 yards set by Washington State's Drew Bledsoe in 1992.

Mike Bercovici threw for 418 yards and hit Gary Chambers on a 58-yard pass in the fourth quarter for his fourth touchdown of the game, but Arizona State (6-7) kicked an extra point instead of going for two, then turned the ball over on downs its last possession.

Georgia edges Penn State

Terry Godwin threw a touchdown pass on a trick play and caught one later, helping Georgia defeat Penn State, 24-17, in the TaxSlayer Bowl at Jacksonville, Fla.

The Bulldogs (10-3) won their fifth consecutive game to close the season, this one under interim Coach Bryan McClendon and with incoming Coach Kirby Smart watching from the stands.

Smart had to like what he saw. Despite a makeshift coaching staff — Georgia used different offensive and defensive coordinators — the Bulldogs turned in one of their most complete performances since September.

It helped that Penn State (7-6) played more than half the game without star quarterback Christian Hackenberg.

Hackenberg landed awkwardly on his throwing shoulder early in the second quarter when linebacker Roquan Smith tackled him on a 5-yard scramble. Hackenberg stayed in the game and threw four more passes, but grabbed his shoulder between plays.

He headed into the locker room after an incompletion and returned after halftime wearing street clothes. After the game, he announced that he would make himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Trace McSorley replaced Hackenberg and threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Geno Lewis on the first play of the fourth quarter and then a 20-yard strike to DaeSean Hamilton with 6:14 to play.

Collins leads Arkansas

Alex Collins ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Arkansas capped its late-season surge with a 45-23 victory over Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl at Memphis, Tenn.

Ranked 18th to open the season, Arkansas stumbled through a 1-3 start that knocked the Razorbacks out of the top 25. The Razorbacks (8-5) turned things around and won six of their last seven games.

Kansas State (6-7) finished a season below .500 for the first time since Bill Snyder began his second stint as coach in 2009.

Arkansas' Brandon Allen completed 20 of 26 for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Kansas State's Kody Cook, starting at quarterback for the first time, went 12 of 24 for 163 yards with a touchdown.

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