Maryland's first bowl victory in 17 years had coach Ralph Friedgren thinking about the effects the win will have on the program.
''It's a great season,'' Friedgen said. ''I would think this would put us high up in the polls. I think it sends a message to all our recruits to come and be a Terp.''
Scott McBrien ran for two touchdowns and Curome Cox returned an interception 54 yards for another score as the No. 20 Terrapins beat Tennessee 30-3 in the Peach Bowl on Tuesday night.
''I think we won convincingly,'' Friedgren said. ''That was the No. 8 defense in the country -- these weren't a bunch of players who didn't play before.''
Friedgen, a 1970 Maryland graduate, has led his school to back-to-back bowls for the first time ever. After a 1-2 start, the Terrapins (11-3) won 10 of their last 11, and finished with 11 victories for the first time since 1976.
''Winning 11 games after starting 1-2 is something I will never forget,'' Friedgen said. ''That was so emotional.''
In other bowl games, Purdue beat Washington 34-24 in the Sun Bowl; No. 18 Boise State rallied from a 10-7 halftime deficit to beat Iowa State 34-16 in the Humanitarian Bowl; Fresno State beat Georgia Tech 30-21 in the Silicon Valley Classic for its first bowl win in 10 years, TCU beat No. 23 Colorado State 17-3 in the Liberty Bowl; and No. 21 Virginia Tech closed the night with a 20-13 victory over Air Force in the first San Francisco Bowl.
At Atlanta, Nick Kovak kicked three field goals for the Terrapins.
Maryland All-American linebacker E.J. Henderson had three sacks, four tackles for a loss, broke up four passes, forced a fumble and was selected the defensive Most Outstanding Player.
McBrien, the Most Outstanding Player on offense, finished 11-of-19 for 120 yards.
The Volunteers (8-5) completed their worst season since 1988, and gave coach Phillip Fulmer the most losses of his 11-year career.
''I take full responsibility for the game and the lack of execution,'' Fulmer said. ''Our discipline wasn't what it needed to be.
Sun Bowl Purdue 34, Washington 24
At El Paso, Texas, Washington took a 17-0 lead in the first quarter of the Sun Bowl, but Kyle Orton led Purdue's comeback, passing for 283 yards and two touchdowns.
Orton went 25-of-37 with no interceptions for Purdue (7-6). Joe Tiller has had a winning record since taking over as coach in 1997. Although Purdue has gone to six consecutive bowl games under Tiller, it lost the last three before Tuesday.
John Standeford caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown for Purdue.
Cody Pickett was 25-of-54 with one interception and a touchdown for Washington (7-6).
San Francisco Bowl No. 21 Virginia Tech 20, Air Force 13
At San Francisco, Lee Suggs rushed for two touchdowns, and Ronyell Whitaker forced a fumble near the goal line as time expired to lift Virginia Tech over Air Force.
Suggs extended his NCAA record by scoring in his 27th straight game, and Bryan Randall was 18-of-23 for 177 yards as the Hokies (10-4) beat the Falcons (8-5).
Virginia Tech's swarming defense limited Air Force to three points after the first 7 1/2 minutes. Chance Harridge completed just one of his first 13 passes, but drove Air Force to the Virginia Tech 10 with 17 seconds left.
Anthony Butler rushed for 75 yards for Air Force, which finished the season with five losses in its last seven games despite leading the NCAA in rushing.
Silicon Valley Classic Fresno State 30, Georgia Tech 21
At San Jose, Calif., Rodney Davis ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic.
The Bulldogs (9-5) had not won a postseason game since beating Southern California in the 1992 Freedom Bowl, a string of four straight losses.
And they did it with a depleted roster, too. Seven players, including five starters, did not participate because of academic problems.
Asen Asparuhov kicked a 33-yard field goal with 3:43 left, one of his three in the game, and Davis secured the win with a 28-yard TD run just more than a minute later for the Bulldogs.
Freshman backup quarterback Damarius Bilbo passed for a touchdown and ran for another for the Yellow Jackets (7-6) after replacing the ineffective A.J. Suggs, but also threw four interceptions.
Liberty Bowl TCU 17, No. 23 Colorado State 3
At Memphis, Tenn., Ricky Madison ran for 111 yards and a touchdown to lead TCU (10-2) to a win in the Liberty Bowl, the 500th victory in school history.
Madison ran for 107 of those yards in the rainy second half as TCU's offense came alive after a sloppy opening by both teams.
Cecil Sapp finished with 106 yards for Colorado State (10-4).
Humanitarian Bowl Boise State 34, Iowa State 16
At Boise, Idaho, Brock Forsey scored three touchdowns to lead Boise State to a win in the Humanitarian Bowl.
Forsey finished the season with 32 touchdowns, the second-highest season total in Division I-A. Barry Sanders has the record with 39 for Oklahoma State in 1988.
It was the third Humanitarian Bowl win in four seasons for the Broncos (12-1), who also won it in 2000 and 1999.
The Cyclones (7-7), who opened the season at 6-1 and reached the top 10 for the first time in school history, had a 1-6 finish.
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