College bowl roundup
By Sports Network
|Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, left, hugs wide receiver Justin Blackmon after defeating the Stanford Cardinal, to win the 2012 Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona January 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Rick Scuteri)
Final Score: (3) Oklahoma State 41, (4) Stanford 38 (OT)
Glendale, AZ – Oklahoma State never led in regulation of the Fiesta Bowl, but the Big 12 champions didn't have to in pulling out a wild, 41-38, overtime victory over the Stanford Cardinal. Stanford's Jordan Williamson missed a 35-yard field goal on the final play of the fourth quarter. The fourth-ranked Cardinal (11-2) failed to net any yards on the first possession of overtime, and Williamson was wide left for the third time of the night on the ensuing 43-yard attempt. Colton Chelf appeared to catch a game-winning 25-yard score two plays later, but was pulled down at the one-foot line after hauling in Brandon Weeden's pass over the middle. The replay reversal of Chelf's touchdown simply delayed the inevitable, as Quinn Sharp's 22-yard chip shot split the uprights to secure the first 12-win season in Oklahoma State (12-1) history. Weeden completed 29-of-42 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns, all to Justin Blackmon, who announced his intentions to enter the NFL Draft after his sensational eight-catch, 186- yard performance. Andrew Luck, the two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up, finished with 347 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on 27-of-31 efficiency. Stepfan Taylor carried the load for the Cardinal, logging 177 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.
Final Score: (6) Oregon 45, (9) Wisconsin 38
Pasadena, CA – De'Anthony Thomas' 91-yard touchdown run highlighted a record-setting 98th Rose Bowl, as No. 6 Oregon finished strong to oust No. 9 Wisconsin, 45-38. The teams combined for 83 points -- the most in Rose Bowl history -- but the Ducks (12-2) scored the final 10 points to win the Granddaddy of Them All for the first time since 1917. Thomas' 91- yard touchdown run was the longest in the game's history. He added a 64-yard touchdown scamper, while Darron Thomas threw for 268 yards and three scores. The Badgers (11-3), meanwhile, fell in the Rose Bowl for the second consecutive year. Montee Ball ran for 164 yards and a score, tying Barry Sanders' for the single-season FBS touchdown record (39) in the process.
Final Score: (10) South Carolina 30, (21) Nebraska 13
Orlando, FL – Connor Shaw threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for another, leading No. 10 South Carolina to a 30-13 win over No. 21 Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. Despite losing his best receiver, Alshon Jeffery, to an ejection in the third quarter, Shaw finished the game with 230 yards through the air on 11-of-17 passing for the Gamecocks (11-2), who set a school record for wins in a season. Jeffery had four receptions for 148 yards and a score before exiting. Kenny Miles scored two touchdowns, one receiving and one rushing, and had 67 yards on the ground for the Gamecocks. Jeffery was ejected after fighting with Nebraska corner back Alfonso Denner, who was also thrown out of the game. Taylor Martinez threw for 116 yards and a touchdown and Rex Burkhead rushed for 89 yards for the Cornhuskers (9-4), who last appeared in the Capital One Bowl in 1991, when it was known as the Citrus Bowl.
Final Score: (12) Michigan State 33, (18) Georgia 30 (3-OT)
Tampa, FL – Michigan State's Dan Conroy made a pair of field goals in a triple-overtime thriller, lifting the 12th-ranked Spartans to a 33-30 victory over the 18th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl. The Spartans (11-3), who lost 42-39 to Wisconsin in the inaugural Big Ten Conference Championship Game, recorded their first bowl victory in the Mark Dantonio era. It was Michigan State's first bowl win since a victory over Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic. Kirk Cousins completed 27-of-50 passes for 300 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for Michigan State, which appeared in a bowl game for a school-record fifth consecutive year. Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 17 times for 48 yards and two scores. He also caught five passes for 39 yards. Aaron Murray connected on 20- of-32 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Bulldogs (10-4), who dropped a 42-10 decision to undefeated LSU in the SEC Championship Game.
Final Score: (20) Houston 30, (24) Penn State 14
Dallas, TX – Case Keenum ended his record-breaking collegiate career with an exclamation point, completing 45-of-69 passes for 532 yards and three touchdowns in the 20th-ranked Houston Cougars' 30-14 victory over the 24th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions in the 2012 TicketCity Bowl. Keenum ends his career as the NCAA's career leader in passing yardage, total offense, touchdown passes and touchdowns accounted for. Houston (13-1), which came into the game with a 1-9 mark in its last 10 bowl appearances, gave Tony Levine a victory in his head coaching debut. Levine became the head man after Kevin Sumlin left for Texas A&M. Patrick Edwards caught 10 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns for the Cougars, who set a school record with 13 wins this season. The 13 victories is the most ever by a Conference USA member. Rob Bolden connected on 7-of-26 passes for 137 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for the Nittany Lions (9-4), who were playing in their 28th January bowl game. Penn State played its first bowl game without Joe Paterno as head coach since the 1962 Gator Bowl.
Final Score: Florida 24, Ohio State 17
Jacksonville, FL – Andre Debose set a Gator Bowl record with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and Florida hung on to beat Ohio State, 24-17, on Monday. Debose's return up the left sideline in the second quarter gave Florida the lead for good and the Gators scored another special teams touchdown after Chris Rainey blocked a punt in the third quarter. John Brantley completed 12-of-16 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown for Florida (7-6) and Rainey rushed 16 times for 71 yards. Linebacker Graham Stewart scored a 14-yard touchdown after Rainey's block. Braxton Miller threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-23 passing for Ohio State (6-7) and Dan Herron carried the ball 12 times for 82 yards. The game had been dubbed by some as the Urban Meyer Bowl, named after the former Florida and incoming Ohio State head coach. While Meyer didn't coach in the game, he certainly had an effect on it after recruiting much of the current Florida roster before resigning last January.