Defensive stand pushes Michigan State past Stanford
Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl.
Cook also threw a TD pass to Trevon Pendleton, and Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score in the first Rose Bowl victory in 26 years for the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-1), who finished the season with 10 straight wins.
Michigan State’s defense capped its dominant season with one more smash-mouth performance during the centennial celebration of the Granddaddy of Them All.
The Spartans ended it by stopping the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (11-3) on fourth-and-1 with 1:46 to play, utterly stuffing a run play up the middle.
South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24: Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl Wednesday.
The Gamecocks’ senior was named the game’s MVP after picking apart the Badgers defense, completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. Shaw also had rushing and receiving scores.
South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl game to cap its third straight 11-win season.
The Badgers (9-4) lost their fourth straight bowl game, failing to capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White, and struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.
Backup Curt Phillips was intercepted twice.
LSU 21, Iowa 14: Jeremy Hill rushed for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 14 LSU and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa 21-14 in the Outback Bowl Wednesday.
Craig Loston’s fourth-quarter interception stopped a potential game-tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a six-play, 92-yard march that gave LSU (10-3) a 21-7 lead.
Iowa (8-5) pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers 4.
Jennings rushed for one touchdown, but the freshman threw for only 82 yards and was intercepted once and sacked four times while standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger in his first college start.
The victory enabled LSU to finish with at least 10 wins for a school-record fourth consecutive season. The loss ended Iowa’s three-game winning streak.
Nebraska 24, Georgia 19: No. 23 Georgia was near the end zone all day.
Seven times to be exact.
The Bulldogs scored just one touchdown in seven trips inside the 21-yard line, their biggest downfall in a 24-19 loss to Nebraska in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl Wednesday.
Georgia (8-5) failed repeatedly to take advantage of opportunities, settling for four short field goals and dropping two fourth-down passes in the red zone in the closing minutes. Rantavious Wooten dropped a fourth-and-2 pass around the 10-yard line with 4:42 to play. The Bulldogs got the ball back and marched toward the end zone, but Arthur Lynch dropped a fourth-and-3 pass that would have moved the chains with about 25 seconds remaining.
North Texas 36, UNLV 14: Caleb Herring led UNLV on a 95-yard scoring drive the first time he had the ball against one of the nation’s top scoring defenses.
By the time the Rebels found the end zone again, the Heart of Dallas Bowl was all but over.
Herring was sacked five times and UNLV struggled in the second half of a 36-14 loss to North Texas Wednesday.