Stanford University beat the University of Wisconsin 20-14 in the 99th edition of college football’s Rose Bowl, while Florida State University defeated Northern Illinois University 31-10 in the Orange Bowl.
Bruce Ellington caught a 32-yard pass from Dylan Thompson with 11 seconds remaining as South Carolina rallied to beat Michigan 33-28 yesterday in the Outback Bowl. Georgia, Oklahoma State and Northwestern also won New Year’s Day bowl games.
Stanford earned its first Rose Bowl victory since 1972 after Usua Amanam intercepted Wisconsin’s Curt Phillips for the game’s only turnover with two minutes, 3 seconds remaining. The pass was deflected by Stanford defensive lineman Josh Mauro and the change of possession allowed the Cardinal to run out the clock in Pasadena, California.
Kevin Hogan was 12 of 19 passing for 123 yards, while Kelsey Young and Stepfan Taylor each had rushing touchdowns for Stanford, which finished the season with a 12-2 record.
“We’re still on the ascent,” Stanford coach David Shaw said in a televised interview. “We can play so much better and that’s our charge now, to take this victory, celebrate and buck up to play better.”
Montee Ball had 24 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown for Wisconsin (8-6), while Phillips went 10 of 16 for 83 yards and a scoring pass to Jordan Fredrick.
Elsewhere, No. 7 Georgia beat No. 16. Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl; Oklahoma State beat Purdue 58-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl; and No. 20 Northwestern won its first bowl game since 1949 with a 34-20 victory over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.
At Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida State’s Lonnie Pryor had rushing touchdowns of 60 and 37 yards, while senior quarterback EJ Manuel completed 26 of 38 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown as the 12th-ranked Seminoles topped the No. 15 Huskies 534-259 in total yards.
“Our kids learned to handle the big stage,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said in a televised postgame interview. “We overcame a lot of adversity tonight.”
Northern Illinois, which ended its season with a 12-2 record, successfully completed a fake punt and an onsides kick in the game, trailing 17-10 after three quarters. Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch had 176 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.
At Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, No. 10 South Carolina’s Thompson and Connor Shaw combined to throw for 341 yards and four touchdowns in a game that featured four lead changes in the final 15 minutes, 2 seconds.
Ace Sanders returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown and caught scoring passes of 4 and 31 yards for the Gamecocks (11-2), while Denard Robinson rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries for 18th-ranked Michigan (8-5).
In Orlando, Florida, Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards and five touchdowns -- both Georgia bowl-game records -- to lead the Bulldogs to their 12th win of the season. Nebraska, which lost the Big Ten Conference championship game 70-13 to Wisconsin, committed two of its three turnovers in the second half for its third-straight bowl game defeat.
Oklahoma State quarterbacks Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh combined to throw for 283 yards and five touchdowns at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and five different receivers caught touchdown passes for the Cowboys (8-5), who amassed 524 yards of total offense against the Boilermakers.
Senior Robert Marve was 21-of-34 passing with two scores and a pair of interceptions for Purdue, which ended its season at 6-7 with the loss.
In Jacksonville, Florida, Northwestern’s Quentin Williams intercepted a Tyler Russell pass on the third play of the game and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats (10-3) a lead they never relinquished.
Northwestern got rushing touchdowns from quarterback Trevor Siemian, Venric Mark and Tyris Jones, while Jeff Budzien added field goals of 34 and 37 yards.
Junior Tyler Russell completed 12 of 28 passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions for Mississippi State (8-5).