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College football: Mississippi handles Oklahoma State in Sugar Bowl

Chad Kelly

Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly reacts after passing for a touchdown against Oklahoma State on Friday night in the Sugar Bowl.

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Chad Kelly threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns — three to Laquon Treadwell — and No. 12 Mississippi rolled over No. 16 Oklahoma State, 48-20, in the Sugar Bowl on Friday night at New Orleans

Ole Miss (10-3) jumped out to a 34-6 lead by halftime, cruising up and down the field against an overwhelmed Oklahoma State defense. The onslaught was punctuated late in the second quarter when left tackle Laremy Tunsil had a two-yard touchdown run on a trick play after a lateral from Kelly.

Oklahoma State (10-3) lost its final three games after 10 straight wins. The Cowboys fell into a 41-6 hole midway through the third quarter and never mounted a legitimate challenge.

Mason Rudolph completed 18 of 31 passes for 179 yards for Oklahoma State, which was outgained 554-366 in total yards.

Jared Wilson, DeAndre Goolsby

Michigan defensive back Jared Wilson (22) intercepts a pass intended for Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby (30) during the second quarter of the Citrus Bowl on Friday.

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Michigan rolls in Citrus Bowl

Jake Rudock threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns and Michigan’s defense dominated throughout in the No. 14 Wolverines’ 41-7 victory over No. 19 Florida at Orlando, Fla.

In a game billed as a battle of two of the top defenses in the Big Ten and Southeastern Conference, the Wolverines’ offense shined bright in their first bowl victory since 2012.

Michigan (10-3) had three touchdown drives of at least 70 yards and finished with 503 yards of offense against a Florida defense that entered the game ranked sixth nationally. Leading by 10 at the half, Michigan scored on each of its first two possessions in the third quarter to take a 31-7 lead.

Michigan played without safety Jabrill Peppers, who sat out with an undisclosed injury. But the Wolverines didn’t miss him, holding the Gators (10-4) to 28 total yards in the second half.

“I would say this was the best game we’ve played all year,” Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen our offense play better. Our defense was magnificent. … The three and outs, the stops, the play on third down, everybody playing great team defense. It was really good.”

Tennessee crushes Northwestern

Joshua Dobbs threw for 166 yards and ran for two touchdowns, helping No. 23 Tennessee cap its best season in eight years with a 45-6 victory over the No. 13 Wildcats in the Outback Bowl at Tampa, Fla.

Dobbs scored on runs 14 and 18 yards, and Jalen Hurd ran for 130 yards and one touchdown for the Volunteers (9-4). They finished with at least nine wins for the first time since 2007.

Northwestern (10-3) failed in a bid to finish with a school-record 11 victories.

Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs

Dobbs, who threw for 7,138 yards and 53 touchdowns and rushed for another 2,160 yards and 32 touchdowns, was the most fun college prospect to watch during my film study. He produced a 23-12 record as a starter at Tennessee, and a number of those wins featured clutch fourth-quarter play. His mechanics are all over the place, and he pulls the ball down to run too often, but Dobbs possesses physical attributes that can’t be taught.

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Dobbs completed 14 of 25 passes. The dual-threat quarterback ran 12 times for 48 yards, including a highlight-reel burst around right end in which he dove for his second touchdown after picking up a bobbled snap and tightroping his way up the sideline to make it 31-6 early in the fourth quarter.

Evan Berry put a punctuation mark on the team’s sixth consecutive win by returning one of Tennessee’s four interceptions 100 yards for a touchdown in the closing seconds.

“It’s huge, we talked about finishing the season strong. It shows we’re on the rise,” Dobbs said. “We realize our potential. We have to grind to reach it, but this was a good step.”