MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Alex Collins ran for 185 yards and three touchdowns and Arkansas capped its late-season surge with a 45-23 victory over Kansas State on Saturday in the Liberty Bowl.
Ranked 18th to open the season, Arkansas stumbled through a 1-3 start that knocked the Razorbacks out of the Top 25. The Razorbacks (8-5) turned things around won six of their last seven games.
Collins overwhelmed Kansas State's defense in front of a sellout crowd of 61,136, the fourth-largest crowd in the game's 57-year history.
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Kansas State (6-7) finished a season below .500 for the first time since Bill Snyder began his second stint as coach in 2009.
Collins had touchdown runs of 22 yards and 13 yards in the first 17 minutes. He also had a 68-yard burst on his first kickoff return of the season, which set up Jared Cornelius' 13-yard touchdown on an end around. Arkansas' Brandon Allen was 20 of 26 for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Kansas State's Kody Cook, starting at quarterback for the first time after playing receiver, went 12 of 24 for 163 yards with a touchdown.
The Southeastern Conference is 8-2 in bowl games this season.
GEORGIA 24, PENN STATE 17
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Terry Godwin threw a touchdown pass on a trick play and caught one later, helping Georgia beat Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
The Bulldogs (10-3) won their fifth consecutive game to close the season, this one under interim coach Bryan McClendon and with incoming coach Kirby Smart watching from the stands.
Penn State (7-6) played more than half the game without star quarterback Christian Hackenberg.
Hackenberg landed awkwardly on his throwing shoulder early in the second quarter when linebacker Roquan Smith tackled him on a 5-yard scramble. Hackenberg threw four more passes, but grabbed his shoulder between plays. He headed to the locker room after an incompletion and returned after halftime wearing street clothes. After the game, he declared for the NFL draft.