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    Monday, January 01, 2007

    ACC 4-3 In Bowl Games With One Remaining

    Quarterback Patrick White led West Virginia back from an 18-point deficit in the second half for a 38-35 victory over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl on Monday.

    Tailback Steve Slaton, the country's third-leading rusher at 144 yards a game, played only the first half for the Mountaineers (11-2) and wasn't a factor. Slaton's status was uncertain before kickoff with a badly bruised left thigh and the sophomore managed just 11 yards on three carries.

    White was 9-of-15 for 131 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 22 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. Owen Schmitt ran 13 times for 109 yards and two TDs.

    The teams set a Gator Bowl record for scoring, breaking the previous mark set in Tennessee's 45-23 win over Virginia Tech in 1994.


    On a cold night, Larry Coker got the warmest possible sendoff from his Miami Hurricanes.

    Kirby Freeman threw for 272 yards and two long touchdowns, ran for another score and the Hurricanes' defense came through in the final moments to help Miami beat Nevada 21-20 in the MPC Computers Bowl on Sunday night, Coker's final game at Miami.

    Nevada had a first down at the Miami 36 in the final minute, but a diving interception by the Hurricanes' Chavez Grant with 18 seconds left sealed the win and got Coker the perfect sendoff that his players wanted.

    "I still love these players," Coker said. "And I'm very happy for the win."

    The ACC bowl record is 4-3 with one game remaining, Wake vs. Louisville in the Orange Bowl.

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