Just when it looked as though coach Nick Saban would go out a winner at LSU, the Iowa Hawkeyes came up with a miracle finish.
Drew Tate threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway on the final play Saturday, and No. 11 Iowa stunned No. 12 Louisiana State 30-25 in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Saban, who will become the Miami Dolphins' coach next week, threw up his arms in frustration and then watched as the entire Iowa team mobbed Holloway in the end zone.
The score capped a wild fourth quarter and spoiled a comeback by the Tigers, who overcame a 12-point deficit with 8 1/2 minutes left.
Freshman JaMarcus Russell came off the bench to spark LSU's rally, throwing two touchdown passes to Skyler Green. When they connected for a 3-yard score, the Tigers led 25-24 with 46 seconds to go.
After Tate completed two passes, a penalty pushed Iowa back to its 44 with 14 seconds left. Tate wound up and threw long to an open Holloway, who caught the strike in stride at the 10 and dashed to the end zone as time expired.
Iowa (10-2) won its eighth game in a row to reach double digits in victories for the third consecutive year under coach Kirk Ferentz. Four of the Hawkeyes' victories have been by a total of 11 points.
Aside from the fourth-quarter rally, LSU (9-3) struggled on offense and looked sloppy on special teams playing one week after Saban announced his resignation. He finished 48-16 in five years with the Tigers, leading them to a bowl game every season and to the BCS national championship in 2003.
Florida State overcame mistake after mistake to avoid an unprecedented third straight bowl loss.
Leon Washington ran for 195 yards and Chris Rix crafted two long second-half touchdown drives, leading No. 17 Florida State to a victory over West Virginia in the Gator Bowl on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Coach Bobby Bowden, facing his former school for the first time since the 1982 Gator Bowl, moved within one bowl win of Joe Paterno's NCAA record of 19 at Penn State. The Seminoles finished 9-3.
Quarterback Rasheed Marshall and West Virginia's platoon of running backs shredded the nation's top run defense for 238 yards. Kay-Jay Harris carried 25 times for 134 yards and scored twice.
But the Mountaineers (8-4) failed to find the end zone three times after advancing inside the 20-yard line.
Rick Clausen looked nothing like the third-string quarterback he was most of the season, leading No. 15 Tennessee to five touchdowns in just 2 1/2 quarters, and the defense had its way with No. 22 Texas A&M in a 38-7 victory Saturday in Dallas.
The Volunteers (10-3) had lost four of their last five bowl games, the last two by a combined 40 points.
A&M(7-5) fumbled four times.
One last victory for David Greene, the winningest quarterback in NCAA history.
Greene threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns in his last game for the Bulldogs (10-2), continuing his assault on the Southeastern Conference record book and adding victory No. 42 to his NCAA mark. He finished 17-1 against nonconference opponents.
Greene completed 19 of 38 passes, but was also intercepted twice after only throwing two during the regular season.