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College Football Playoff announces semifinal times

The first of this season’s College Football Playoff semifinals will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific time on New Year’s Eve. The CFP on Tuesday announced the start times for the semifinals and four other marquee bowl games to be played on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The second season of the playoff will be the first in which the semifinals will be played on Dec. 31, a Thursday. Last year’s semifinals were played on Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl and drew record TV ratings for ESPN. This year the semifinals will be played in the Cotton and Orange bowls. The order of the games will be announced on Dec. 6. The second game is set to begin at 5. – AP

Yellow Jackets roll to victory

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Trapped behind the line of scrimmage, Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas escaped by veering sharply upfield, leaving a defender flailing and Yellow Jackets fans cheering another touchdown. Thomas and his teammates were tough to tackle Wednesday night in the Orange Bowl, rolling up 452 yards rushing to beat Mississippi State 49-34. Thomas ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns, and threw for 125 yards and a score. Synjyn Days ran for 171 yards and three scores, including a 69-yarder that defused Mississippi State’s comeback bid.

No. 13 FSU beats No. 16 NIU 31-10 in Orange Bowl

MIAMI – Anxious to avoid an Orange Bowl shocker, the Florida State Seminoles kept getting tricked. An onside kick fooled them, as did a fake punt, and a pooch punt by Northern Illinois’ star quarterback.

West Virginia demolishes Clemson in Orange Bowl

MIAMI – The West Virginia Mountaineers were tough to slow down, and only the Orange Bowl mascot could stop Darwin Cook. Geno Smith tied the record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes, and the No. 23-ranked Mountaineers set a bowl scoring record Wednesday night with their high-powered offense. But safety Cook made the pivotal play by returning a fumble 99 yards for a touchdown to break the game open and help rout No. 14 Clemson 70-33.

Loads of Luck

MIAMI – John Elway flashed his familiar grin and Jim Harbaugh gave a jubilant shout from the sideline as Andrew Luck sprinted up the field to join a celebration in the end zone. Nearly a quarter remained in the Orange Bowl, but the Stanford Cardinal were on the way to their first bowl victory in 14 years. And it was a blowout.

Stanford rolls to Orange Bowl win

Andrew Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up, threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns Monday night to lead fifth-ranked Stanford past No. 12 Virginia Tech, 40-12.

‘Perfect’ Luck leads Cardinal

MIAMI – Andrew Luck threw seven interceptions and 97 incompletions during the regular season. His knowledge of the NFL is less than encyclopedic – more on that shortly – and he settled for a B in the most difficult class he has taken at Stanford, a course on mechanics called Engineering 14. Yet coach Jim Harbaugh is disinclined to find fault.