NEBRASKA VS GEORGIA TECH @ CHARLOTTE, NC
Georgia Tech is going to wake up on Christmas morning with visions of Roy Helu in their heads. The Nebraska running back scored seven touchdowns as the Huskers blasted Georgia Tech 77-16 in ACC Country. Helu scored three first quarter touchdowns, including an 85-yard burst that broke the game open at 21-0. He finished the day with a tournament record 312 yards on a meager 25 carries. Nebraska finished with 782 yards of offense, including a total of 536 on the ground and racked up 42 first downs.
AUBURN VS BOISE STATE @ BOISE, ID
Those still in favor of the bowl season and not having a college football playoff might have had their mind changed with this game. Boise State rallied for a remarkable 60-57 win in this Christmas Eve Classic. The Broncs trailed nearly the whole game but scored two touchdowns in the final 2:40 to eke out the victory. Jeremy Avery scored both of those touchdowns, the game winner on a 5 yard run with :17 left. The td run followed four straight completions from Kellen Moore, who marched his team down the field after the defense held Auburn and gave Boise the ball back with 1:21 to play. Avery finished with 146 yard and four touchdowns while Doug Martin picked up 130 and two scores in the win. Auburn was able to stay ahead of the Broncos all game because of its power running game. Ben Tate rand for 286 yards and two scores including the one-yarder with 5:18 left that made it 57-45. Onterio McCalebb also scored twice and picked up 127 yards rushing. Boise trailed 17-7 after one quarter, but seemed to take control in the second quarter and took a pair of second quarter leads before Auburn got a field goal late in the half to restore the halftime advantage. After falling behind 35-30 in the third, the Tigers scored on its next four possessions and built the lead to 50-38 in the wild fourth quarter. But that only set the stage for Boise to make the heroic comeback.