Nevada coach Chris Ault, a Hall of Famer, announced he was stepping down after going 233-109-1 over 28 seasons in Reno.

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RENO, Nev. — Nevada coach Chris Ault announced Friday he was stepping down after 28 seasons.

Hall of Famer Ault, 66, finished with a record of 233-109-1. Under Ault, the Wolf Pack went from Division II to I-AA to I-A, winning at every level with some of the most innovative concepts in the country.

Ault won 10 conference championships and took Nevada to the postseason 16 times, including 10 bowl games in 12 FBS seasons.

“It’s with great humility and mixed emotions I’ve decided it’s time for me to step down and move on,” a tearful Ault said at a news conference.

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Perhaps Ault’s most famous contribution came when he used the Pistol offense in 2005 — a scheme used by hundreds of teams at various levels these days. The Pistol formation has the quarterback in a short shotgun formation, with a running back lined up directly behind him.

“I’m proud that our offense has broadened the landscape of football,” Ault said.

Friday’s bowl games

Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31

D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give the Raiders (8-5) a victory over the Golden Gophers (6-7) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston.

Seth Doege found Eric Ward on a short pass, and he outran a defender for a 35-yard touchdown to tie the score at 31 with 1:10 left.

“That drive where we went and tied the game, we finally started clicking,” Doege said.

“It happened at the right time — probably should have happened sooner.”

Va. Tech 13, Rutgers 10 (OT)

Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to help the Hokies beat Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Virginia Tech (7-6) won its third straight game.

The Scarlet Knights (9-4) had a chance to tie the score in overtime, but Nick Borgese missed a field-goal attempt from 42 yards.

Ohio 45, La.-Monroe 14

Tyler Tettleton threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns, and Beau Blankenship scored four touchdowns for the Bobcats (9-4) in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

Ohio set an Independence Bowl record for margin of victory.


• Texas sent home backup quarterback Case McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks on the eve of Saturday’s Alamo Bowl in San Antonio for violating team rules, a person with knowledge of the suspensions said.

School officials did not release the names of the players. According to KENS-TV of San Antonio, two Texas players are accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman after she had drinks with them and invited them to her hotel room. No charges have been filed. Coach Mack Brown did not say which team rules were violated.

• Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee has been suspended and won’t play in the Jan. 4 Cotton Bowl against Texas A&M. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol Dec. 24.

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