Fall of Troy: Southern Miss wins New Orleans Bowl; Eastern Mich. hires Louisville aide English as coach

Michael McGee blocked a potential game-tying field-goal attempt in overtime, lifting Southern Mississippi to a 30-27 comeback victory over Troy in the New Orleans Bowl last night.

Troy held Southern Miss to Britt Barefoot's 39-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime, but that wound up being enough for the Golden Eagles to win their third New Orleans Bowl in three appearances.


The Trojans (8-5), winners of the Sun Belt Conference, led 27-17 after Jerrel Jernigan's 6-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.

Southern Miss (7-6) responded with Austin Davis' 35-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Massey on fourth-and-two with 7:20 remaining. Barefoot tied it with his 46-yard field goal with 2:50 to go.


Arizona 31, No. 17 Brigham Young 21: : Willie Tuitama threw for 325 yards and two touchdowns late Saturday as the Wildcats (8-5) won their first bowl game in 10 years, beating the Cougars (10-3) in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Arizona stifled BYU quarterback Max Hall throughout the game, forcing him to scramble often, lose two fumbles and throw an interception.

Wildcats fans sprinted to midfield in celebration of the school's first bowl win since 1998, when it finished 12-1 and beat Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl.

Off the field

Eastern Michigan: : The school hired Ron English, making him the fifth black head coach in major college football, a person familiar with the contract agreement told the Associated Press.

The other black coaches among the 119 teams in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision are Buffalo's Turner Gill, Miami's Randy Shannon, Houston's Kevin Sumlin and New Mexico's Mike Locksley, a Towson alumnus and former Tigers and Maryland assistant.

English, 40, was Louisville's defensive coordinator this season after serving on Lloyd Carr's staff at Michigan for five seasons. English replaces Jeff Genyk, who was fired last month and went 16-42 in five seasons.

Duke:: The school said it gave coach David Cutcliffe a two-year contract extension through 2015.


By going 4-8 this season, the Blue Devils matched their win total from 2004 to 2007.

Texas Christian:: The Horned Frogs might play without standout linebacker Robert Henson in the Poinsettia Bowl tomorrow night when No. 11 TCU faces No. 9 Boise State in San Diego.

Henson did not practice Saturday, and coach Gary Patterson indicated there's a chance Henson won't be on the field against the Broncos.