2012-01-03 / Sports

Oregon outscores Wisconsin for the Roses; Michigan State in 3 OTs

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Oregon’s incredible offense busted up Wisconsin and the record books on the way to the Ducks’ first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years.

Darron Thomas passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, freshman De’Anthony Thomas scored on runs of 91 and 64 yards, and the No. 6 Ducks earned their first bowl victory under coach Chip Kelly, holding off Wisconsin 45- 38 Monday night in the highest- scoring Rose Bowl ever played.

And it wasn’t over until the Badgers (11-3) ran out of time at the Oregon 25, out of timeouts and unable to spike the ball in time to stop the clock for a last-gasp fling.

Fiesta Bowl
No. 3 Oklahoma State 41,
No. 4 Stanford 38

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in his final collegiate game, and Quinn Sharp hit a 22- yard field goal in overtime to give Oklahoma State a win over Andrew Luck and Stanford in a wildly entertaining game.

Oklahoma State (12-1) had the last one on Sharp’s gamewinner to win in its first BCS bowl game, earning a chance to stake claim at being No. 1 in The Associated Press poll should Alabama beat LSU in the BCS title game.

Outback Bowl
No. 12 Michigan State 33,
No. 18 Georgia 30

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw for 300 yards and one touchdown and Dan Conroy kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime to give Michigan State its first bowl victory since 2001.

Georgia’s Blair Walsh became the Southeastern Conference’s career scoring leader with a field goal in the second extra period. But he missed a 42-yarder in the first overtime after conservative play-calling and had a 47-yard attempt blocked on the final play of the game.

TicketCity Bowl
No. 20 Houston 30, No. 24
Penn State 14

DALLAS (AP) — Penn State’s tumultuous year ended with a loss, a dispiriting finish to a season in which coach Joe Paterno was fired as part of a child sexabuse scandal that shook college sports.

The Nittany Lions were picked apart by Cougars star Case Keenum, who threw for 532 yards and three touchdowns. Penn State was allowing 162 yards passing per game, but Keenum threw for more than double that by halftime.

Capital On Bowl
No. 10 South Carolina 10,
No. 21 Nebraska 13

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, and South Carolina had six sacks as the Gamecocks shut out Nebraska over the final three quarters.

The victory gave South Carolina 11 wins for the first time in school history and snapped a string of three straight bowl losses.

Gator Bowl
Florida 24, Ohio State 17

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Andre Debose returned a kickoff 99 yards — the longest scoring play in Gator Bowl history — and Chris Rainey blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown Florida.

The speedsters helped the Gators (7-6) avoid their first losing season since 1979 and pick up some much-needed momentum after losing six of their previous eight games.

Ohio State (6-7) finished below .500 for the first time since 1986.

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