College Football Roundup: Stanford, Michigan State battle for Rose Bowl win

KYLE HIGHTOWER Associated Press Published:

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Rose Bowl

No. 4 Michigan State 24, No. 5 Stanford 20

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Michigan State Spartans completed their magical season on Wednesday with a 24-20 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

The Spartans captured the victory by scoring 17 straight points during a stretch of the third and fourth quarters that lifted the team to a 24-17 lead. Stanford (11-3) then added a fourth-quarter field goal to make it 24-20, but could do no more damage.

Michigan State (13-1) quarterback Conner Cook completed 22-of-36 passes for 332 yards and two TDs against one interception. Spartans RB Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score.

The Spartans' vaunted defense allowed 305 total yards (143 passing, 162 rushing) to Stanford.

CAPITAL ONE BOWL

No. 8 South Carolina 34, No. 19 Wisconsin 24

ORLANDO, Fla. -- 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 on 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.

Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

The Badgers (9-4) couldn't capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White, struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.

Backup Curt Phillips was intercepted twice.

Wisconsin has lost four straight bowl games.

OUTBACK BOWL

No. 14 LSU 21, Iowa 14

TAMPA, Fla. -- 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 on Wednesday.

Craig Loston's 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 the Tigers (10-3) a 21-7 lead.

Iowa (8-5) again pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers' 4.

Jennings rushed for a touchdown but only threw for 82 yards while standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger in the freshman's first college start.

Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard 's fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive for Iowa, but he also tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley to trim the Hawkeyes' deficit to 21-14 with 1:42 remaining.

HEART OF DALLAS BOWL

North Texas 36, UNLV 14

DALLAS -- Derek Thompson threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, Brelan Chancellor scored twice and North Texas dominated the second half Wednesday to beat UNLV 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. This was the Mean Green's first postseason appearance in nine years.

Both of Chancellor's touchdown runs came in the fourth quarter after he keyed the go-ahead scoring drive in the third with some nifty footwork on a first-down catch. He had 121 yards combined rushing and receiving.

North Texas (9-4) pulled away from a 7-7 halftime tie for its first bowl win since New Orleans in 2002. The Rebels lost in the postseason for the first time in the school's fourth bowl game and first since 2000.

UNLV (7-6) drove 95 yards for a touchdown on its opening possession but didn't score again until the Mean Green were up 28-7 in the fourth quarter.

GATOR BOWL

Nebraska 24, No. 23 Georgia 19

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa for two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the third quarter, and Nebraska held on to beat No. 23 Georgia 24-19 in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl on Wednesday.

Playing in their 50th bowl, the Cornhuskers (9-4) ended a four-game losing streak against teams from the Southeastern Conference. The streak included a 45-31 loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl last season.

The rematch was much different.

Nebraska did a solid job against running back Todd Gurley, who ran for 125 yards and a touchdown last year. Gurley finished with 86 yards on the ground.

Gurley was more effective in the passing game, catching seven passes for 97 yards and a score. His 25-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter cut Nebraska's lead to 24-19.

But the Huskers stopped Georgia (8-5) twice on fourth down in the closing minutes.

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