HONOLULU (AP) -- If Tom O'Brien decides to leave, the Boston College Eagles certainly gave him a rousing sendoff.
Tim Hasselbeck threw two long second-half touchdown passes and Cedric Washington scored on an 11-yard run as the Eagles beat Arizona State 31-17 in the Aloha Bowl on Monday.
O'Brien has been prominently mentioned as a replacement for the retiring George Welsh at Virginia. O'Brien has long ties with Welsh at Navy and with the Cavaliers, who finished the season Sunday with a 37-14 loss to Georgia in the Oahu Bowl.
The game marked the end of Bruce Snyder's term at Arizona State. He was fired late in the season and will be replaced by former Boise State coach Dirk Koetter.
With the teams playing to a 10-10 tie at the half, Boston College (7-5) scored twice in a two-minute span of the third quarter to break the game open.
The scores came on Hasselbeck's passes of 58 yards to Dedrick Dewalt and 40 yards to Ryan Read. Two series later, Washington put the game out of reach with his 11-yard run.
Hasselbeck did not post impressive numbers, going only 8-of-21, but the long-gainers more than offset the low passing percentage. The Eagles also got a strong performance out of Washington, who picked up 109 yards on 22 carries while filling in for suspended starter William Green.
No. 24 Georgia 37, Virginia 14
HONOLULU (AP) -- Jim Donnan might have been able to save his job if his Georgia team played this well down the stretch.
Terrence Edwards ran five times for 97 yards and caught eight passes for 79 yards, and No. 24 Georgia scored two defensive touchdowns to win a school-record fourth consecutive bowl victory in Donnan's final game, 37-14 over Virginia on Sunday.
"We went out and played well for Coach D, for ourselves, to prove all the doubters wrong," said Edwards, who also scored a touchdown and was the MVP of the game. "This game meant a lot to a lot of people. Winning four straight bowl games, four straight eight-win seasons (is) at least a building stone for next year."
Donnan, who went 40-19 in five seasons at Georgia, was fired after the Bulldogs finished the regular season with three losses in their last four games. But his players asked the school to let Donnan coach the bowl game.
"This team has always done a good job of answering the call," he said. "They didn't do this for me tonight. They did it for pride and for the University of Georgia. I am very proud of my team."
The game also marked the final game for Virginia coach George Welsh, who retired as the Atlantic Coast Conference's winningest coach. Welsh, 67, compiled 134-86-3 record during 19 years at Virginia.
Gray 40, Blue 37
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- In the town where his grandfather once caught political flak, Richmond Flowers III caught just about everything else.
The Tennessee-Chattanooga receiver's leaping 21-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone with 59 seconds left gave the Gray a 40-37 victory in a wild Blue-Gray All-Star Classic on Monday.
"The quarterback put the ball there," said Flowers, whose grandfather was Alabama's controversial attorney general during the 1960s. "My job was just to go up there and make the play."
Flowers made plenty of plays, catching a game-record 12 passes for 169 yards and two TDs. His father starred at Tennessee before going on to the NFL and played high school ball at Montgomery's Sidney Lanier.
"I'd be lying if I said that I'm extremely surprised," said Flowers, a Duke transfer who caught a school record 86 passes for 1,035 yards in his senior season.
"Every player here has made great plays during the season to get here. I'm just thankful I got the opportunity to capitalize on this opportunity."
The pass from Jason McKinley of Houston ended a whirlwind final two minutes in which the Blue had marched 84 yards for a go-ahead touchdown.
Mike McMahon of Rutgers put the Blue up 37-33 with 2:16 left on a 1-yard, fourth-down TD pass to fullback R.J. Bowers.
McMahon completed several clutch passes on the drive, including a 1-yard TD strike to Bowers on fourth-and-goal with 2:16 left.
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