Ducks Spank South Florida in Sun Bowl, 56-21

Cal claims Armed Forces Bowl, Fresno St. gets Humanitarian win
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Dec 31, 2007 9:13 PM CST
Oregon coach Mike Bellotti is splashed with water after beating South Florida in the Sun Bowl football game Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 in El Paso, Texas. Oregon beat South Florida 56-21. (AP Photo/David J....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In a matchup of former No. 2s who then fell off the national radar, unranked Oregon upset No. 23 South Florida in the Brut Sun Bowl, 56-21. Über-smooth running back Jonathan Stewart set a Sun Bowl record with 253 yards rushing, and freshman Justin Roper had four touchdowns in the romp. In other New Year's Eve bowls:

  • Fresno State feasted on a suddenly soft Georgia Tech defense to win the Humanitarian Bowl, 48-20.
  • The Golden Bears surmounted a 21-0 deficit—and self-imposed first-quarter benchings of some of their stars—to defeat Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl, 42-36.