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Dec. 30 bowl games: Oregon vs. Texas (a.k.a. Mack Brown's last game) and more

Oregon sent Mack Brown off with a loss, Ole Miss outlasted Georgia Tech in the Music City, and Navy pounded MTSU in the Armed Forces. For the nightcap, Texas Tech handed Arizona State a 14-point loss in the Holiday Bowl. Keep it here for recaps and more! Live scoreboard here.

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Kingsbury and a candle in the wind

Nick Aliotti's retirement began happier than Mack Brown's, offenses blew scoring opportunities from coast to coast (well, from Nashville to San Diego), and Texas Tech made things look easy against Arizona State.

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Texas Tech blows out Arizona State in Holiday Bowl

The Red Raiders stormed out to a big lead early and never looked back. They had come into the game losers of five-straight but put an end to that streak in a hurry.

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Oregon blows out UT in Mack Brown's final game

The Ducks used two pick-six returns and their vaunted run game to pick apart the Longhorns all night long.

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The official Texas GIF of 2013

It took 13 games, but we've found him.

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How was this not called a face mask?

Mariota is already dealing with a head and MCL injury. Now he's having to deal with blatant face mask penalties not being called.

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Oregon proving too fast for Longhorns

The Oregon Ducks' explosive offense (and defense) was just too much for Texas in the first half of the Alamo Bowl. At the half, UO holds a 20-7 lead.

It took the Ducks all of 68 seconds to reach the end zone, though it came on defense. Avery Patterson intercepted an errant throw from Case McCoy and returned it 37 yards to the house to take an early 7-0 lead. Oregon then hit a 25-yard field goal to push the lead to 10-0 just a couple of minutes into the game.

Texas battled back with a 16-play drive that was capped off with a 1-yard touchdown run from McCoy. After drilling another field goal, the Ducks scored their first offensive touchdown with just 44 seconds left in the half on a shovel pass from Marcus Mariota to Josh Huff from 16 yards out.

While the Ducks may lead at halftime, All-Pac-12 offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone is done for the night with a right knee injury. Johnstone started all 12 games at left tackle this season. The Longhorns have injury concerns of their own as backup cornerback Duke Thomas is out for the game with an ankle injury.

Oregon will get the football to begin the third quarter.

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Texas Tech busts out yet another uniform combo

GUYS WE GET IT YOU HAVE CLOTHES

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Oregon loses starting LT to knee injury

The Ducks lost their starting left tackle to a right knee injury in the second quarter of the Alamo Bowl.

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Hugh Freeze hugs a mascot

Jim Brown, USA Today

That's the whole story.

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Oregon's immediate Alamo pick-six

Mack Brown's not the only longtime coach saying goodbye after the Alamo Bowl. The Ducks made sure defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti's last game started off in style:

That was Oregon's 18th pick-six since 2007, one of the highest totals in the country.

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Rebels survive, win Music City Bowl

Ole Miss never trailed, despite a Georgia Tech rally, and came away with a win in the Music City Bowl.

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Nkemdiche bros, Prewitt suspended for 1st quarter

The Rebels will be short-handed for the first quarter against Georgia Tech.

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Navy runs over MTSU, game gets chippy

Multiple ejections marred what was a tight contest between Navy and Middle Tennessee State.

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'SPORTS' sign at the Armed Forces Bowl

Your opinion is most valid.

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Monday NFL Draft watch notes

A look at pro prospects to follow in the Music City, Alamo and Holiday bowls.

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The big Holiday Bowl breakdown

The numbers love Arizona State with a fiery passion. Can the Sun Devils overcome both Pac-12 title game disappointment and Texas Tech to roll in the Holiday Bowl (Dec. 30, 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) as projected?

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The big Alamo Bowl breakdown

On paper, the Alamo Bowl (Dec. 30, 6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN) features one of the biggest mismatches of the bowl season. But while Oregon was evidently fighting motivation issues late in the year, that won't be a problem for Texas; the Longhorns will be in "Win it for Coach!" mode. Can they?

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The big Music City Bowl breakdown

Ole Miss and Georgia Tech stagnated for different reasons in 2013, but both are young, rather evenly matched teams looking to build toward 2014. Which team holds the edge in Nashville (Dec. 30, 3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN)?

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The big Armed Forces Bowl breakdown

Middle Tennessee is mediocre-to-decent across the board. Navy is either really good or really bad at most things. Which offense will find the most advantages in Monday's early Armed Forces Bowl (11:45 a.m. ET, ESPN)?

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Looking forward to the Music City Bowl

Georgia Tech and Ole Miss won't have to travel far for their game in the Music City Bowl. Here's what our two team blogs are saying about the matchup in Nashville.

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ASU's Marion Grice doubtful for Holiday Bowl

The Sun Devils will have to make do without their explosive, all-purpose back, who's still suffering from a leg injury.

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Even the bottoms of Oregon's cleats are shiny

The Ducks are probably wearing shiny underwear, too.

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ASU, Texas Tech preparing for Holiday Bowl matchup

Arizona State has all the momentum in San Diego, winning seven of their last eight games to close out the season. Texas Tech hasn't won since mid-October.

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Oregon DC Aliotti retiring

Nick Aliotti has been in charge of the Ducks defense for more than a decade. He'll step down after the Alamo Bowl.

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Ole Miss preparing for GT with 'scary' drills

The Rebels will face a healthy dose of cut blocks against the Yellow Jackets in the Music City Bowl.

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Enjoy perhaps Oregon's Oregon-iest uniforms yet

The Ducks will debut this getup in the Alamo Bowl because of course they will.

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Oregon DB Troy Hill arrested for assault

It seems unlikely that Hill plays in the Alamo Bowl against Texas after being arrested on Friday.

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Byron Marshall likely to return for Alamo Bowl

Thomas Tyner has an injured hamstring but is expected to play.

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Mack Brown officially out

After 16 years and one national championship, the Mack Brown era is over. Here's our list of the 11 names to know as Texas' coaching search begins.

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Why Arizona State-Texas Tech will entertain

Dan Rubenstein runs down why the Arizona State-Texas Tech Holiday Bowl could mean all sorts of points and entertainment.

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Mack Brown: "My situation has not changed"

In a press conference leading up to the Alamo Bowl, the Texas head coach says he will meet with the school president and athletic director after the game.

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Why to watch the Alamo Bowl

Dan Rubenstein reviews the reasons why the Ducks and Longhorns playing inside a dome is worth all of your time.

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Oregon vs. Texas in Alamo

Which Ducks team shows up? Which Longhorns team shows up? The only thing we know is this: you should show up to your television.

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Arizona State vs. Texas Tech in Holiday

Get ready for some points in San Diego. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports the pairing.

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Ole Miss-Georgia Tech to Music City

A longtime, former SEC rivalry resumes in Nashville, according to ESPN's Brett McMurphy. Expect rushing attempts.

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MTSU vs. Navy in Armed Forces

MTSU's in the Armed Forces against Navy, which means there's been a bowl bids trade in the lower levels. Expect lots of running in this one.

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