Jeremy McNichols scored three touchdowns, the first one just 58 seconds into the game, and finished with 189 total yards as Boise State embarrassed Northern Illinois 55-7 in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday in San Diego.

The Broncos (9-4) needed just three plays to score the first touchdown, the fastest in school bowl history. After completions of 7 and 39 yards by Brett Rypien, McNichols scored from 29 yards.

"It was huge. We always start fast," McNichols said. "Even in practice, we come out fast and run a paced offense. That first touchdown, we practiced it all week and we hit it exactly like we were supposed to."

McNichols also scored on each of the next two possessions, on a 4-yard pass from Rypien and on a 1-yard run.

McNichols ran 19 times for 93 yards and caught five passes for 96 yards. Rypien was 29-for-40 for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

The Broncos outgained the Huskies (8-6) 654 yards to 33.

"It's fun for all of us," McNichols said. "When we score points, we get to throw deep, we run different formations, different shifts. It's hard for defenses to prepare for our offense."

Georgia Southern finishes

Favian Upshaw ran for 199 yards and four touchdowns to help Georgia Southern beat Bowling Green 58-27 in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Georgia Southern (9-4) won the first bowl game in school history in the first year it was eligible for postseason play. The program transitioned to the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2014.

The Eagles won thanks to their trademark running game; they had 452 yards rushing.

Bowling Green (10-4) led 27-23 at halftime, but Georgia Southern scored the final 35 points.

Two fumbles by quarterback Matt Johnson deep in the Falcons' own territory helped Georgia Southern score three touchdowns in three minutes in the third quarter.


• Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise is back practicing with the eighth-ranked Fighting Irish, but he isn't taking any hits as he continues to recover from a high ankle sprain. Notre Dame (10-2) plays Ohio State (11-1) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.

• Missouri reinstated Maty Mauk, the quarterback who was suspended twice last season.