LAS VEGAS — Utah quarterback Travis Wilson ran for three touchdowns and passed for another Saturday, leading the No. 23 Utes to a 45-10 rout of Colorado State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Wilson rushed for a season-high 91 yards on 11 carries and completed 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards.
Utah (9-4) scored three times in the first quarter and finished with 548 total yards, including 359 on the ground. Devontae Booker ran for 162 yards and a TD and Troy McCormick ran for 86.
Colorado State (10-3) fell behind in the first three minutes and never got its vaunted offense in gear. Garrett Grayson completed 21 of 35 passes for 242 yards, but he was unable to avoid Utah’s rush in the second half when the Rams were forced to throw the ball.
New Mexico Bowl
UTAH STATE 21, UTEP 6: In Albuquerque, N.M., Nick Vigil ran for a touchdown and combined with brother Zach to make 16 tackles in Utah State’s victory over UTEP.
Utah State (10-4) won a bowl game for the third straight year. UTEP (7-6) is 0-6 in postseason play since winning the 1967 Sun Bowl.
Linebackers Nick and Zach Vigil helped prevent the Miners from putting together consistent drives, with senior Zach making nine stops. Nick scored on a 3-yard run for a 14-3 lead in the third quarter.
Kent Myers threw for 68 yards and rushed for 70 and a touchdown for Utah State.
UTEP’s Aaron Jones ran for 88 yards.
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
AIR FORCE 38, WESTERN MICHIGAN 24: In Boise, Idaho, Shayne Davern ran for a career-high 101 yards and two touchdowns, and Air Force beat Western Michigan.
Air Force finished the season 10-3 after going 2-10 last year. Miami of Ohio was the last previous team to follow a 10-loss season with 10 victories, going from 1-11 in 2009 to 10-4 in 2010.
Dexter Walker returned a fumble 60 yards for Air Force.
Western Michigan finished 8-5 after going 1-11 last season.
BOWLING GREEN 33, SOUTH ALABAMA 28: In Montgomery, Ala., Roger Lewis caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from James Knapke with 1:04 remaining to lift Bowling Green over South Alabama in the inaugural Camellia Bowl.
The Falcons (8-6) responded one play after the Jaguars (6-7) took their first lead. Lewis, Bowling Green’s freshman star, got several yards beyond Roman Buchanan downfield, and Buchanan came up clutching his right hamstring.
The Jaguars, playing in their first bowl game since starting the program in 2009, moved 73 yards in just under three minutes to momentarily move ahead. Brandon Bridge hit Danny Woodson Jr. for a 44-yard strike. Terrance Timmons ran for a 3-yard touchdown after converting two third-down plays with runs.
Bowling Green couldn’t convert the two-point try but Jude Adjei-Barima picked off Bridge on South Alabama’s first play.
Game MVP Knapke was 25-of-39 passing for 368 yards and two long touchdowns to Lewis.
ILLINOIS STATE 21, NEW HAMPSHIRE 18: In Durham, N.H., Illinois St. scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as the fifth-seeded Redbirds rallied over top-seeded New Hampshire in the FCS semifinals.
Tre Roberson scored on a 47-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to give Illinois State (13-1) the lead and Jon-Marc Anderson ran in the two-point conversion.
Roberson was 2-for-2 on third-down conversions during the drive and capped it off with the big run. The defense held after that and the Redbirds punched their ticket to the FCS Championship against No. 2 North Dakota State, the three-time defending champion and Missouri Conference rival, on Jan. 10 in Frisco, Texas.
Roberson passed for 278 yards and ran for another 95 including a touchdown as Illinois State will head to its first championship game.
Marshaun Coprich capped a 10-play, 84-yard drive for the Redbirds with a 2-yard run a minute into the fourth quarter to cut New Hampshire’s (12-2) lead to 18-13. He finished with 79 yards on 24 carries a week after having more than 200 in the quarterfinal win at Eastern Washington. It was the first time this season he was held under 100 yards.
Division II championship
COLORADO STATE-PUEBLO 13, MINNESOTA STATE 0: In Kansas City, Kan., Chris Bonner threw for 191 yards and a touchdown, Cameron McDondle ran for 113 yards and Colorado State-Pueblo relied on its stingy defense to beat Minnesota State for its first Division II national championship.
Paul Browning had five catches for 84 yards and the game’s lone touchdown, and Greg O’Donnell bounced back from an early miss to connect on his next two field goals. Pueblo (14-1) held Minnesota State to just 265 yards in posting the first shutout since the 1997 title game.
Ricky Lloyd and Nick Pieruccini shared quarterback duties for the Mavericks (14-1) and neither was particularly effective. Lloyd threw for 99 yards and Pieruccini threw for 61 yards.
Connor Thomas, who had more than 1,300 yards this season, was held to 25 yards rushing.