The Florida Gators got big plays from cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, quarterback Treon Harris and two of their lesser known teammates to win the Birmingham Bowl.
Harris threw an 86-yard scoring pass to unheralded receiver Ahmad Fulwood, and Hargreaves intercepted a pass in the end zone late to preserve Florida's 28-20 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.
The big plays helped the Gators (7-5) finish a disappointing season with a winning record in front of new coach Jim McElwain who was among the spectators.
Brian Poole also scored on a 29-yard interception return and Florida's defense repeatedly stopped East Carolina's high-powered offense.
"I'm so happy for our players to go get that win," interim head coach D.J. Durkin said.
Freshman running back Adam Lane, replacing Matt Jones (shoulder), was chosen the game's MVP after rushing 16 times for 109 yards and a TD. Lane had only eight carries before this game.
Shane Carden was 34-for-66 passing for 427 yards for the Pirates (8-5).
Oklahoma State 30, Washington 22: Mason Rudolph threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Desmond Roland ran for 123 yards and Oklahoma State held off Washington on Friday night in the Cactus Bowl in Tempe, Ariz. The Cowboys (7-6) dominated the Huskies (8-6) on both sides of the ball to take a 17-point halftime lead.