Originally created 12/29/04

Independence Bowl: Cyclones nip Redhawks



SHREVEPORT, La. - Stevie Hicks and quarterback Bret Meyer each had more than 100 yards in a revived running game that carried Iowa State to a 17-13 victory over Miami of Ohio in the Independence Bowl on Tuesday night.

Meyer's weaving 23-yard run set up the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and Iowa State (7-5) held on to win a bowl game for just the second time and spoil Terry Hoeppner's final game as Miami's coach.

Hoeppner was named Indiana's coach earlier this month. Miami athletic director Brad Bates told the team just before the game that offensive coordinator Shane Montgomery would succeed Hoeppner.

If the timing of that announcement was meant to inspire the RedHawks (8-5), it didn't do so right away. Miami fell behind 10-0 before rallying to a 13-10 lead in the third quarter.

But the Cyclones, who were averaging just 128 yards a game rushing, kept pounding away at the Miami defensive front and finally regained the lead on Ryan Kock's 1-yard plunge with 13:02 left. Ellis Hobbs sealed the victory by intercepting Josh Betts in the final minute.

Hicks carried 27 times for 159 yards and scored on a 4-yard option pitch from Meyer, who had 122 yards on 23 carries. Meyer also went 10-for-28 for 114 yards passing.

It was the first time in the 29-year history of the Independence Bowl that two players on the same team rushed for more than 100 yards. The Cyclones finished with 295 yards on the ground, a school record for a bowl game.

The victory helped ease the sting of Iowa State's 14-13 loss to Alabama in this game in 2001. Iowa State's Tony Yelk missed a 47-yard field goal attempt in the final minute of that game, a kick that the Cyclones insist to this day was good.

Betts finished 20-for-44 for 240 yards and the one interception.

Miami's Michael Larkin caught two passes to extend his NCAA record to 50 straight games with a reception.

HOUSTON BOWL

TEXAS-EL PASO (8-3) VS. COLORADO (7-5)

TIME: 4:30, ESPN, in Houston, Texas.

COACHES: Mike Price (8-3 in first year at UTEP) and Gary Barnett (41-33 in 6th year at Colorado).

LAST BOWL APPEARANCE: UTEP lost to Boise State, 38-23, in the 2000 Humanitarian Bowl. Colorado lost to Wisconsin, 31-28 in overtime, in the 2002 Alamo Bowl.

LAST GAME: UTEP lost at Tulsa, 37-35, on Nov. 27. Colorado lost to Oklahoma, 42-3, in the Big 12 Championship Game Dec. 4.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Of the 70 players who dressed for Colorado in the Big 12 Championship Game, 47 were freshman.

GAME FACTS: Price engineered amazing turnaround here with Miners' second winning season since 1988. After making insensitive remarks about former CU K Katie Hnida amid rape scandal focusing on Buffs' recruits, Barnett survived.

ALAMO BOWL

NO. 24 OHIO STATE (7-4) VS. OKLAHOMA STATE (7-4)

TIME: 8 p.m., ESPN, in San Antonio, Texas.

COACHES: Jim Tressel (39-11 in fourth year at Ohio State) and Les Miles (28-20 in fourth year at Okla. State).

LAST BOWL APPEARANCE: Ohio State beat Kansas State, 35-28, in last year's Fiesta Bowl. Oklahoma State lost to Ole Miss, 38-28, in last year's Cotton Bowl.

LAST GAME: Ohio State beat Michigan, 37-21, on Nov. 20. Oklahoma State lost at Texas Tech, 31-15, on Nov. 27.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Buckeyes are 13-1 when scoring 20 points or more in a bowl game.

GAME FACTS: Buckeyes saved season with win over Michigan. Miles emphasizes taking care of ball as Oklahoma State led nation in turnover ratio (25 forced, 7 given up).