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Arkansas smothers Texas in Texas Bowl

Brandon Allen threw for 160 yards and two scores as Arkansas rolled to an easy 31-7 win over Texas in the Texas Bowl in Houston on Monday night, the Razorbacks’ first bowl appearance since 2011.

It was the first game between these former Southwest Conference rivals since 2008 and ends a two-game skid in the series for Arkansas. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd that included Earl Campbell, who won the Heisman Trophy at Texas in 1977.

Arkansas (7-6) built a 24-7 lead by halftime and Jonathan Williams, who finished with 105 yards rushing, added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to make it 31-7.

Texas (6-7) was smothered by Arkansas’ defense almost all night and finished with a season-low 59 total yards.

Russell Athletic Bowl: Cole Stoudt threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and 18th-ranked Clemson routed Oklahoma 40-6 in Orlando, Florida.

The Tigers (10-3) reached double-digit victories for the fourth consecutive season. Clemson was 10-4 in 2011, 11-2 in 2012 and 11-2 in 2013.

Oklahoma (8-5) had five turnovers, including three interceptions thrown by Trevor Knight.

Oklahoma entered the game averaging nearly 40 points but didn’t score until late in the fourth quarter.

Liberty Bowl: Kyle Allen threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth score, and Texas A&M (8-5) erased an early 10-point deficit to defeat West Virginia (7-6) 45-37 at Memphis, Tennessee.

Allen went 22 of 35 for 294 yards, and Malcome Kennedy caught two of the scores. Allen’s 14-yard rushing TD late in the first half put Texas A&M ahead for good.

The most notable hits of the first half came out of bounds: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin ordered Michael Richardson off the sideline for the second half after videos showed the student assistant striking West Virginia players in two separate incidents.

Today’s games

Music City Bowl

Matchup: Notre Dame (7-5)       vs. LSU (8-4)

Time, TV: Noon, ESPN

Rating: Two stars (out of five)

Bottom line: The Irish’s 6-0 start prompted playoff talk before the schedule turned nasty, and now they lug a four-game losing streak into the postseason. The young Tigers should be a handful next year, especially running back Leonard Fournette, who rushed for 891 yards.

Belk Bowl

Matchup: Georgia (9-3)            vs. Louisville (9-3)

Time, TV: 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Rating: Three stars

Bottom line: This is the season’s first bowl game where both teams are ranked. Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker missed the first seven games but made the most of his last five, leading his team in receiving with 735 yards. Georgia running back Nick Chubb filled in for Todd Gurley and rushed for 1,281 yards.

Foster Farms Bowl

Matchup: Maryland (7-5)           vs. Stanford (7-5)

Time, TV: 7 p.m., ESPN

Rating: One star

Bottom line: This used to be known as the Fight Hunger and Emerald Bowls. The Cardinal took down UCLA in the finale with quarterback Kevin Hogan coming up big.

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