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r j j j r THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 158 College football jibungstown St. upsets Villanova , The Associated Press , ;! VILLANOVA, Pa. Mark Griffith kicked a 28-yard field goal , to break a fourth-quarter tie and J&o. 8 Youngstown State held on to twin 37-34, handing No. 1 Villanova its first loss of the season Saturday in the NCAA I-AA quarterfinals. (" ; 1 Trailing 28-14, Youngstown Bowl matchups Projected college bowl matchups (teams that have accepted invitations are in bold): Bowl Date Site Teams Time TV Las Vegas Sat., Dec. 20 Las Vegas Air Force (10-2) vs. Oregon (6-5) 6 p.m. ESPN2 Aloha Thu., Dec. 25 Honolulu Michigan St (7-4) vs. Washington (7-4) 3:30 p.m. ABC Motor City Fri., Dec. 26 Pontiac, Mich. Marshall (10-2) vs. Virginia (At-large) 8 p.m. ESPN Heritage Sat., Dec. 27 Atlanta South Carolina St (9-2) vs. Southern (10-1) 2:30 p.m. ESPN lnsight.com Sat., Dec. 27 Tucson, Ariz. Arizona (At-large) vs. New Mexico (9-3) 8 p.m. ESPN Independence Sat., Dec. 28 Shreveport, La. LSU (SEC fifth) vs. Notre Dame (At-large) 8 p.m. ESPN Humanitarian Mon., Dec. 29 Boise, Idaho Utah St (6-5) vs. Cincinnati (7-4) 3:30 p.m. ESPN2 Carquest Mon., Dec. 29 Miami Georgia Tech (6-5) vs. Virginia Tech (Big East third) 7:30 p.m. TBS Holiday Mon., Dec. 29 San Diego Missouri (Big 12 third) vs. Colorado St (10-2) 8 p.m. ESPN Alamo Tue., Dec. 30 San Antonio Oklahoma St. (Big 12 fourth) vs. Wisconsin (Big Ten fourth) 8 p.m. ESPN Sun Wed., Dec. 31 El Paso, Texas Arizona St (8-3) vs. Iowa (Big Ten fifth) 2 p.m. CBS Liberty Wed., Dec. 31 Memphis, Tenn. Pittsburgh (6-5) vs. Southern Mississippi (8-3) 3:30 p.m. ESPN Fiesta Wed., Dec. 31 Tempe, Ariz. Kansas St. (Alliance No. 4) vs. Syracuse (Alliance No. 6) 7 p.m. CBS Outback Thu., Jan. 1 Tampa Purdue (Big Ten third) vs. Auburn (SEC third) 1 1 a.m. ESPN Gator Thu., Jan. 1 Jacksonville N. Carolina (ACC second) vs. West Va. (Big East second) 12:30 p.m. NBC Citrus Thu., Jan. 1 Orlando Penn St. (Big Ten second) vs. Florida (SEC second) 1 p.m. ABC Cotton Thu., Jan. 1 Dallas Texas A&M (Big 12 second) vs. UCLA (Pac-10 second) 1:30 p.m. CBS Rose Thu., Jan. 1 Pasadena, Calif. Michigan (11-0) vs. Washington St (10-1) 5 p.m. ABC Sugar Thu., Jan. 1 New Orleans Florida St. (Alliance No. 3) vs. Ohio St. (Alliance No. 5) 8 p.m. ABC Peach Fri., Jan. 2 Atlanta Clemson (ACC third) vs. Georgia (SEC fourth) 3 p.m. ABC Orange Fri., Jan. 2 Miami Nebraska (Alliance No. 1) vs. Tennessee (Alliance No. 2) 8 p.m. CBS state (ii-Z) rained to tie the game with two touchdowns in an 18- Peach Bowl will keep ACC-SEC matchup Small schools McNeese moves on to the semifinals against Delaware next Saturday. B Delaware 16, Georgia Southern 7: Craig Cummings ran for a touchdown and Sean Leach kicked three field goals as the Blue Hens (12-1) advanced to the I-AA semifinals with a victory against the Eagles (10-3) at Newark, Del. Delaware dominated the first half statistically, but had to settle for Leach field goals of 36 and 21 yards. DIVISION II B New Haven 27, UC Davis 25: Three touchdowns by Adam Roman and a big play defense that forced four turnovers led the Chargers (12-1) to a victory against the Aggies (9-5) in the semifinals at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn. Roman's three first-half touchdowns staked New Haven to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter. Roman caught touchdowns of 8 and 65 yards and returned a punt 82 yards. B N. Colorado 30, Carson-Newman 29: Mike Schauer kicked a 26-yard field goal with 1:03 left to give the defending national champion Bears (12-2) a victory against the Eagles (11-1) in a semifinals at Jefferson City, Tenn. DIVISION III B Lycoming 28, Rowan 20: Quarterback Jason Marraccini scored on a 5-yard run with 1:48 left to give the Warriors (12-0) their first lead of the game and help them to a victory against the Profs (11-1) in a semifinal game at Williamsport, Pa. B Mount Union 54, Simpson 7: Bill Borchert threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns and Steve Evans rushed for 92 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Purple Raiders (13-0) over the Storm (12-1) in a semifinal game at Alliance, Ohio. Oklahoma man wins $250,000 I with 30-yard, half-time field goal : second span early in third quarter. ; Demetrius Harris scored on a 5-yard run as Youngstown State closed to within 28-21. And on Villanova's next possession, Jauron Dailey ran back a fumble 9 yards to tie the game 28-28 with 2:55 left in the third quarter. ; After Griffith's field goal, Youngstown State's Jake Andrea-dis scored on a 20-yard run with 7:45 left for the 37-28 lead against the Wildcats (12-1). B Eastern Washington 38, W. Kentucky 21: Mike MacKen-zie rushed for 163 yards and Rex Prescott for 124 as the Eagles (12-1) beat the Hilltoppers (10-2) in a Division I-AA quarterfinal at Spokane, Wash. ' Each player scored two touchdowns as Eastern advanced to the semifinals next week against Youngstown State. '; It was the third time this season the nation's best Division I-AA offense had two 100-yard rushers in one game. Eastern Washington, third seed in the playoffs, garnered 405 yards, 100 yards below its season average. I Western Kentucky had the nation's top running offense at 366 yards per game. But they were held to just 173 rushing yards. , B McNeese State 14, Western Illinois 12: Jerod Jones' 69-yard interception return for a touchdown and a punt return for another score was all the Cowboys (12-2) needed to defeat the Leathernecks (11-2) at Macomb, 111., in a Division I-AA quarterfinal. ijones intercepted Jeff Heck-linski's pass with 3:38 left in the first quarter. McNeese State never; gave up the lead, scoring again on Donnie Ashley's 39-yard punt return with 3:34 left in the third quarter. Notebook be the representative from the ACC. "Ultimately, it was the best for our bowl and our community because of our relationship with the SEC," said Robert Dale Morgan, the Peach's executive director. "We believe very strongly in our SEC vs. ACC matchup." The Gator Bowl had been trying all week to put together a deal that would get a better opponent for No. 7 North Carolina (10-1), which will go to Jacksonville if not picked for the alliance. The Gator also will get the No. 2 team from the Big East, either Virginia Tech or West Virginia, both 7-4 and unranked. The Gator was hoping to swap its Big East representative for either Auburn or Georgia. Instead, those two teams had to wait the outcome of Saturday night's SEC championship game in Atlanta. After the alliance pairings are set, the other bowls will finalize their matchups. BOWLS From IB The two-loss Gators, however, couldn't get anyone to play them out of the Citrus Bowl, a non-Alliance bowl made even less appealing because its played about 90 minutes south of home in Orlando. Florida still expects to play Penn State in the 1 p.m. game Jan. 1. Final Alliance bowl selections will be announced live on ESPN today at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the Peach Bowl has turned down a proposal from the Gator Bowl to send a Big East team to Atlanta in exchange for the Peach's Southeastern Conference representative. Peach Bowl officials voted Friday to keep the game which matches the fourth pick from the SEC against the third pick from Atlantic Coast Conference on Jan. 2 at the Georgia Dome. Clemson (7-4) is expected to Palm Beach Post Staff and Wire Reports SAN ANTONIO - Jack Webb, a computer services account representative from Tulsa, Okla., kicked a 30-yard field goal to win $250,000 Saturday at half time of the Big 12 championship game. 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