Bowls Roundup

College bowls roundup: C. Florida leads Fiesta after three quarters

2014-01-01T17:57:00Z 2014-01-01T21:53:06Z College bowls roundup: C. Florida leads Fiesta after three quartersThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 01, 2014 5:57 pm  • 

GLENDALE — Blake Bortles hit Breshad Perriman for a 10-yard touchdown with 5:38 left in the third quarter to give Central Florida a 35-28 lead over Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.

That score held up through the third quarter, which ended just before press time.

The touchdown pass was Bortles’ third. He completed two to Rannell Hall in the second quarter.

Storm Johnson rushed for two first-quarter scores, giving Central Florida a 14-0 lead.

After three quarters, Bortles had 249 yards passing and 56 yards rushing.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty had 269 yards passing, and Bears running back Lache Seastrunk had 104 yards rushing.

Capital One Bowl

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.

The senior was selected the game 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) 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 threw two interceptions.

Gator Bowl

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.

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. 

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



Outback Bowl

TAMPA, Fla. — Jeremy Hill ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping No. 14 LSU and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa.

Craig Loston’s fourth-

quarter interception stopped a potential tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a 92-yard drive 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 injured Zach Mettenberger in his first college start.

C.J. Beathard replaced Jake Rudock at quarterback for Iowa on the first play of the fourth quarter. His fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive, but he also tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley that cut it 21-14 with 1:42 remaining.



Heart of Dallas Bowl

DALLAS — Derek Thompson threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, Brelan Chancellor scored twice, and North Texas dominated the second half to beat UNLV 36-14.

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.

The Mean Green (9-4) was making its first postseason appearance since a 2004 New Orleans Bowl loss to Southern Miss .

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

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