Michigan St. Wins Rose Bowl, College Football Roundup


Published on January 2 2014 6:26 am
Last Updated on January 2 2014 6:26 am
Written by Millie Lange

Spartans Top Cardinal In 100th Rose Bowl

(Pasadena, CA) -- Connor Cook threw for 332 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as the number-four Michigan State Spartans held off the number-five Stanford Cardinal 24-20 in the 100th Rose Bowl Game. Cook connected with Tony Lippett five times for 94 yards and the game-winning TD with 13:22 left in the contest. Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score for Michigan State, which won its first Rose Bowl since 1988. The Spartans finished the season at 13-1. Kevin Hogan tossed for 143 yards and an interception for Stanford, which closed the year at 11-3. Tyler Gaffney ran for 91 yards and a touchdown in the setback.

North Texas Cruises Past UNLV In Heart Of Dallas Bowl

(Dallas, TX) -- Derek Thompson threw for two touchdown passes as the North Texas Mean Green crushed the UNLV Rebels 36-12 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl from the Cotton Bowl. Thompson passed for 256 yards and Brelan Chancellor had 47 rush yards with 74 receiving yards to go along with two scores. The Mean Green improved to 9-4 in the program's first postseason appearance in nine years. Caleb Herring threw for 196 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.  Jerry Rice Jr. caught a 13-yard TD pass for the Rebels, who fell to 7-6. UNLV was making its the first bowl appearance since 2000.

No. 16 LSU Edges Iowa In Outback Bowl

(Tampa, FL) -- Jeremy Hill's 37-yard touchdown run with 2:02 to go proved to be the difference as 16th-ranked LSU edged Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.  Hill finished with a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries for the Tigers, who set a school record with their fourth straight 10-win season. Freshman Anthony Jennings threw for just 82 yards but did run in for a score in his first career start for LSU. Kevonte Martin-Manley's four-yard TD catch pulled Iowa within seven with 1:42 left. Mark Weisman ran for 37 yards and a TD for the Hawkeyes, who finish the year 8-5.

Knights Top Bears In Fiesta Bowl

(Glendale, AZ) -- Blake Bortles combined for nearly 400 yards of offense and four total touchdowns as the number-15 UCF Knights toppled the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl. Bortles threw for 301 yards, three scores and two interceptions while rushing for 93 yards and a TD for Central Florida, which won its first-ever BCS bowl and only the third bowl game overall since becoming a Division One program in 1996. Storm Johnson ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Rannell Hall had four catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns for the Knights, who finished the season at 12-1.  Bryce Petty had 356 yards, two scores and a pick through the air while rushing for 17 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. Lance Seastrunk added 117 yards on the ground for Baylor, which was looking for three straight bowl wins but dipped to 11-2.

Nebraska Holds Off #23 Georgia

(Jacksonville, FL) -- Tommy Armstrong Jr. hit Quincy Enunwa for a 99-yard touchdown in the third quarter to propel Nebraska to a 24-19 Gator Bowl win over Georgia from Everbank Field.  Hutson Mason completed 21-of-39 passes for 320 yards with a touchdown and an interception in place of injured quarterback Aaron Murray. The Dawgs finish their season 8-5.

Gamecocks Beat Badgers In Orlando

(Orlando, FL) -- Connor Shaw threw three touchdowns while posting a rushing and receiving TD as the Gamecocks defeated the Badgers 34-27 in the Capital One Bowl. Shaw had 312 yards through the air and 47 on the ground for South Carolina, which closed the year at 11-2. Melvin Gordon rushed for 143 yards while James White had 107 rushing yards for Wisconsin, which ended the season at 9-4.

Tigers Prep For Cotton Bowl

(Arlington, TX) -- The Missouri Tigers are just one day away from their contest with Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl from AT&T Stadium. The Tigers fell short in the SEC title game against Auburn last time out while the Cowboys lost in the Bedlam Series to Oklahoma earlier this month. Kick off its scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on FOX.

Wednesday, January 1 Scoreboard

NCAA Football (BCS Rankings)

Nebraska Cornhuskers 24, #22 Georgia Bulldogs 19
(Gator Bowl at Jacksonville, FL)

North Texas Mean Green 36, UNLV Rebels 14
(Heart of Dallas Bowl, Dallas, TX)

#16 LSU Tigers 21, Iowa Hawkeyes 14
(Outback Bowl at Tampa, FL)

#9 South Carolina Gamecocks 34, #19 Wisconsin Badgers 24
(Capital One Bowl at Orlando, FL)

#4 Michigan State Spartans 24, #5 Stanford Cardinal 20
(Rose Bowl at Pasadena, CA)

#15 UCF Knights 52, #6 Baylor Bears 42
(Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, AZ)


Thursday, January 2 Schedule (Time Central)

NCAA Football (BCS Rankings)

7:30 p.m. - #3 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. #11 Oklahoma Sooners
(Sugar Bowl at New Orleans, LA)