In the latest of U.S college football's 28 post-season "bowl" games, unranked Oklahoma held off a late rally by sixth-ranked Oregon to win the Holiday Bowl 17-14, late Thursday in San Diego, California.
Oregon's last-minute heroics were thwarted as quarterback Brady Leaf's pass was intercepted deep in Oklahoma territory with just over 30 seconds remaining.
The Sooners had led most of the second half 17-7. But Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson fumbled trying to extend the ball for more yardage. That turnover led to a Oregon touchdown, cutting the Oklahoma lead to three points.
The loss was only the second of the year for Oregon, leaving them 10-2 on the year. The win improves Oklahoma's record to 8-4.
Earlier, Utah upset favored Georgia Tech, 38-10, in the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco, California.
Utah receiver Travis LaTendresse caught 16 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns Thursday while quarterback Brett Ratliff passed for 381 yards to help pile up 550 total yards of offense.