Boise St. battles back but loses

KRT Photo/DARIN OSWALD, Idaho Satesman
Boise State receiver Vinny Perretta reaches for a pass, but it¹s batted away by Boston College defender DeJuan Tribble. Boston College defeated Boise State 27-21 in the MPC Computers Bowl at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

KRT Photo/DARIN OSWALD, Idaho Satesman Boise State receiver Vinny Perretta reaches for a pass, but it¹s batted away by Boston College defender DeJuan Tribble. Boston College defeated Boise State 27-21 in the MPC Computers Bowl at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) ­ Dan Hawkins came up just short in his final game as coach at Boise State.

He still left the field at the MPC Computers Bowl proud of his Broncos, especially after they battled back from a big deficit before losing 27-21 to No. 19 Boston College on Wednesday night.

"I would have loved to have a win for seniors and the effort they put forth, but I told them they can hold their heads up," Hawkins said.

Hawkins is headed to Colorado after signing a five-year contract worth $900,000 per year on Dec. 16. "It's been awesome for me," Hawkins said. "I'm very fond of my time here. At the same time Christopher Columbus set sail once and people thought he was crazy. Sometimes in your life you have to be able to do that a little bit, and that's what I'm doing."

Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky was intercepted by BC's Ryan Glasper in the end zone with 37 seconds left as the Eagles broke the nation's longest home win streak at 31 ­ but not before almost blowing a 27-0 lead.

It was Boise State's first home loss since 2001 when Washington State beat the Broncos in Hawkins' first home game after taking over for Dirk Koetter.

Nebraska 32,

No. 20 Michigan 28

SAN ANTONIO ­ The Nebraska Cornhuskers gave Bill Callahan a celebratory shower on the sideline and reveled in their Alamo Bowl victory as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The excitement began spilling onto the field, but there was one not-so-small problem: The game wasn't quite over.

In a wild and nearly miraculous ending, Michigan's Chad Henne started the last play with a short pass to Jason Avant to the Wolverines 49. Seven laterals up and down the field followed before the play fizzled out with Titus Brothers shoving Tyler Ecker out of bounds at the Nebraska 13 ­ finally securing the Cornhuskers' 32-28 victory Wednesday night.

Extra players and some coaches from both teams were on the field as the play finished.

"I'm thankful we didn't get penalized," Callahan said.