Safety Brian Suite intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble by Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch to help Utah State beat No. 24 Northern Illinois 21-14 on Thursday night in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.
Joey DeMartino, who went to high school and junior college in San Diego, carried 23 times for 143 yards and a touchdown for Utah State (9-5). He was the offensive MVP.
Lynch, who was third in the Heisman Trophy voting and made The Associated Press All-America team as an all-purpose player, had a rough end to his college career. Besides the two turnovers, he was held to just 39 yards rushing, keeping him from becoming the first major college player to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in the same season.
Utah State stymied a Huskies offense that had averaged nearly 42 points a game.
"The only thing we do every week is not stop the run game, but eliminate the run game," USU coach Matt Wells said. "But obviously he is a big part of the run game, so we were able to eliminate him, make him one-dimensional and then we were able to actually find a way to run the football, which makes them one-dimensional, and the ballgame is ours."
Lynch extended his major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback in a season to 1,920. He completed 20 of 35 passes for 216 yards.
Lynch ran for a touchdown and passed for one for NIU (12-2), which ended the season with two straight losses.
Pittsburgh 30, Bowling Green 27: James Conner rushed for 229 yards, and fellow freshman Tyler Boyd caught eight passes for 173 yards and also scored on a punt return as the Panthers (7-6) edged the Falcons (10-4) in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Conner broke a Pittsburgh bowl record for yards rushing held by Tony Dorsett, and Chris Blewitt kicked a tiebreaking field goal with 1:17 remaining. Conner even played a handful of snaps on the defensive line.
Dorsett rushed for 202 yards in Pitt's win over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1977.
Conner, 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, rushed for 165 yards in the second half, helping Pitt overcome the loss of quarterback Tom Savage, who didn't play after halftime because of a rib injury.
Michigan State: Coach Mark Dantonio declined to give any details about the suspension of starting linebacker Max Bullough when the Spartans joined Stanford at Disneyland to kick off their week of Rose Bowl preparations. The school announced Bullough's suspension late Wednesday.
"We've climbed the ladder to get here, and now we have to finish it and win the game," Dantonio said.
South Carolina: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been pulled over again for going at least 25 mph over the speed limit. Clowney was stopped around 10:30 a.m. Thursday going 84 mph in a 55 mph zone about 5 miles from the Gamecocks' campus, Columbia (S.C.) Police said.
The traffic stop happened about an hour before the Gamecocks flew to Florida for the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin. The game will be the junior's last for the Gamecocks as he leaves school early for the NFL draft.
It's Clowney's second ticket in three weeks. On Dec. 7, state troopers say Clowney was going 110 mph in a 70 mph zone.
South Carolina's Steve Spurrier was asked about Clowney's latest ticket after the team landed in Orlando, and the coach did not sound too concerned. "He needs to go to driving school doesn't he? Somebody told me he got another speeding ticket today," Spurrier said. "At least he'll have enough money to pay for it a week or so from now."
Bowden's grandson killed: Former Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden's grandson was one of two men killed when their car flipped into a small ditch off a central Florida road, officials said.
Taylor Jeffrey Bowden, 23, and driver Rafael Fernandes De Aguiar Valim, 25, both died in the crash, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office. A third man in the crash -- 22-year-old Robert Lewis Edwards -- was rescued after spending hours in water up to his neck.
"Our whole family had just celebrated Christmas together in Panama City, as well as celebrated T.J.'s graduation from Florida State just three weeks ago," Bobby Bowden said in a statement released by the University of Akron, where son Terry is the football coach. "We will cherish those last memories together with T.J. forever."
T.J. Bowden was the son of Jeff Bowden, a former Florida State assistant coach under his father who is now on brother Terry's staff at Akron.
"I can't express the grief I feel right now," Jeff Bowden said in a statement. "Please keep us in your prayers."
In September 2004, Bobby Bowden's grandson, 15-year-old Bowden Madden, and former son-in-law, John Allen Madden, were killed when their car was hit a by a utility truck that was helping to restore power outages caused by Hurricane Frances.
Michigan: The Wolverines will start freshman quarterback Shane Morris in place of Devin Gardner in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl against Kansas State on Saturday, coach Brady Hoke announced. Gardner, a redshirt junior, remains sidelined by a turf toe injury.
Morris has appeared in only four games this season.
Florida: Kurt Roper will leave Duke to take over as the Gators offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Florida coach Will Muschamp announced. Roper is Duke's offensive coordinator, assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach.
ESPN.com contributed to this report.