On TV today, watch two more live bowl shows on BTN/BTN2Go. At 4:30 p.m., come back for our “Rose Bowl Pregame” show with live reports from Pasadena. After that game at 9 p.m., “The Final Drive: Bowl Edition” after the Rose Bowl.
Some links …
This concludes the live blog here. We’re going to turn our attention now to the Rose Bowl over here: http://btn.com/tag/rose-bowl/
Crazy sequence at Michigan vs. S. Carolina. Refs give Michigan first down event though they look short. South Carolina protests and calls a timeout. The mark is reviewed. The calls stands. On the next play South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney drills the Michigan runner and forces the fumble. South Carolina recovers.
AFTER THIRD QUARTER: Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead ran for 60 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 31-31 at the end of the third. The Cornhuskers opened up the lead, 31-23, after marching down the field for a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended when Burkhead pounded in a two-yard touchdown run.
Georgia tied the score at 31 after Aaron Murray tossed a 49-yard touchdown to Chris Conley to cap off a six-play, 79-yard drive. The Bulldogs connected on a two-point conversion when Rhett McGowan completed a two-yard pass.
Nebraska’s Burkhead topped 100 yards rushing for the game in the quarter, and has plenty of time to add to his 127 total yards on the ground.
Georgia’s Todd Gurley hit 100 yards rushing for the game in the quarter, part of his 118-yard rushing performance thus far.
The Bulldogs’ Murray passed for 91 yards in the quarter to put him over 200 yards for the game. Murray has 287 yards through the air so far today.
Georgia will start the fourth quarter with possession at the Cornhuskers’ 24-yard line.
AFTER THIRD QUARTER; At one point Michigan trailed by 11 points, but the Wolverines have come back to take a 22-21 lead at the end of the third quarter. Michigan has scored the last 12 points.
The Wolverines made the score 21-16 after Matt Wile kicked a 52-yard field goal to finish off a 45-yard drive.
Devin Gardner’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Gallon finished off a nine-play, 65-yard drive and gave Michigan the lead, 22-21.
The Wolverines’ Gallon topped 100 yards receiving for the game in the quarter, and has plenty of time to add to his 101 yards and six catches.
South Carolina will start the fourth quarter with the ball on its own 17-yard line.
Tough day for the Boilermakers under an interim head coach. Oklahoma State pounded them 58-14. Here’s the game’s box score: http://bigtennetwork.stats.com/cfb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=201301010025&home=25&vis=35
Here’s the final box score for NU-Mississippi: http://bigtennetwork.stats.com/cfb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=201301010032&home=32&vis=78
Overshadowed during bowl season by BCS-buster NIU, and overlooked often in hometown because of Bears, Fitz put together 10-win season at NU.
— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) January 1, 2013
Pat Fitzgerald: “This is the exclamation point we were looking for.”
Congrats to Northwestern! The streak is over as they win the Gator Bowl, 34-20. The crowd was chanting ‘Pat Fitzgerald!” at the end of the game.
From the folks at Huskers.com: Senior place-kicker Brett Maher kicked a field goal and had three extra points in the first half. With his six points in the first half, Maher has 118 points, the most in a season by a Nebraska kicker. The 118 points rank fifth overall on the NU season scoring list.
NU is closing in. Up 34-20. Does the streak end today?
Mississippi State Bulldogs running back LaDarius Perkins (27) is stopped by Northwestern Wildcats defensive lineman Tyler Scott (97) and safety Jared Carpenter (27) in the first quarter of their Gator Bowl game at EverBank Field. (Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports)
AT HALFTIME: Todd Gurley ran for 71 yards and one touchdown, but the Bulldogs have fallen behind 24-23. Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead ran for 44 yards and caught a 16-yard touchdown pass in the quarter.
The Cornhuskers have scored 10 straight points.
Georgia opened up the lead, 23-14, after Gurley turned a handoff into a 24-yard touchdown to end a four-play, 38-yard drive. The Bulldogs started in good field position when Damian Swann intercepted Taylor Martinez’s pass.
Nebraska finished off a 46-yard drive when Brett Maher drilled a 39-yard field goal to make the score 23-17.
Martinez’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Burkhead put the Cornhuskers on top 24-23, putting a bow on a five-play, 76-yard drive. Nebraska used Martinez’s 35-yard pass to Kenny Bell to fuel the drive.
The Cornhuskers will start the second half with the ball.
AT HALFTIME: The Wolverines have closed the gap to 21-13. A 75-yard drive that ended when Devin Gardner and Dileo combined for a five-yard touchdown helped Michigan narrow the deficit to 14-10.
South Carolina made it 21-10 when Dylan Thompson and Ace Sanders hooked up for a four-yard touchdown on the last play of a four-play, 75-yard drive. The Gamecocks’ drive was highlighted by Thompson’s 70-yard pass to Nick Jones.
The Wolverines closed the gap to 21-13 when Brendan Gibbons kicked a 40-yard field goal to cap an eight-yard drive. Michigan began the drive with good field position at South Carolina’s 31-yard line after the Wolverines recovered a fumble. Michigan threw just one time during that series.
The Wolverines are set to receive to start the second half.
AFTER THIRD QUARTER: Northwestern scored 14 points in the quarter, and the Wildcats now lead 27-13.
Northwestern executed a balanced offensive attack in the quarter, finishing with 100 yards passing and 68 yards rushing. The Wildcats are currently on a 14-point run.
Mississippi State tied the game at 13 after Devon Bell made a 47-yard field goal to end an eight-play, 24-yard drive.
Tyris Jones pounded in a three-yard touchdown run to break the 13-13 tie in favor of Northwestern. The play put the finishing touches on a six-play, 76-yard scoring drive. The Wildcats drove across midfield after Trevor Siemian’s 27-yard pass to Demetrius Fields from the 36-yard line. Northwestern ran just one time on that possession.
The Wildcats opened up the lead, 27-13, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 50-yard drive that ended when Siemian scrambled for a four-yard touchdown run.
The Bulldogs will start the fourth quarter with possession at their own 30-yard line.
Those matte NU helmets in action here. NU up 20-13 in the third.
Northwestern Wildcats defensive lineman Quentin Williams (88) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown during the first half of the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field. (Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)
Darrell Hazell on game on ESPN: 'There's been too many turnovers and missed opportunities. When you play a good team like OK St, it's hard.'
— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) January 1, 2013
AFTER FIRST QUARTER: No. 5 Georgia’s offense scored 16 points thanks to four long plays and the Bulldogs lead 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Georgia got things going through the air in the quarter, passing for 153 yards.
A safety made the score 2-0 after the Bulldogs took down Brett Maher in the endzone.
Georgia opened up the lead, 9-0, after Aaron Murray and Arthur Lynch hooked up for a 29-yard touchdown to end a 10-play, 80-yard drive. The Bulldogs drove across midfield after Murray’s 24-yard pass to Justin Scott-Wesley from the 33-yard line.
No. 18 Nebraska made the score 9-7 after Taylor Martinez threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner to finish off a 75-yard drive.
The Cornhuskers made the score 14-9 when Will Compton intercepted a Murray pass and returned it for a touchdown.
Murray’s 75-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King finished off a one-play, 75-yard drive and gave Georgia the lead, 16-14.
The Bulldogs have possession at their own 22-yard line to start the second quarter.
AFTER FIRST QUARTER: No. 10 South Carolina held No. 22 Michigan to 12 yards on the ground during the first quarter and the Gamecocks lead 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.
South Carolina threw for 80 yards during the quarter.
The Gamecocks got on the scoreboard first, rattling off a three-play, 67-yard drive that ended in a score when Connor Shaw threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd.
The Wolverines made the score 7-3 after Brendan Gibbons kicked a 38-yard field goal to finish off a 51-yard drive.
South Carolina made the score 14-3 when Ace Sanders returned a punt for a touchdown.
Michigan has possession on the Gamecocks’ 25-yard line to start the second quarter.
South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Nick Jones (10) catches the ball for a touchdown as Michigan Wolverines defensive back Raymon Taylor (6) attempt to defend during the first quarter of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. (Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
AT THE HALF: Oklahoma State appears to be in the driver’s seat en route to a win, as it leads 28-0 after the second quarter.
The Cowboys got things going through the air in the quarter, passing for 84 yards.
Oklahoma State added to its advantage when J.W. Walsh tossed a 16-yard touchdown to Jeremy Seaton, capping off a 10-play, 80-yard drive to give the Cowboys the lead, 21-0.
Oklahoma State made its lead 28-0 when Jeremy Smith ran five yards to paydirt on the last play of a seven-play, 72-yard drive.
Purdue is set to receive to start the second half.
A THE HALF: Arceto Clark had a productive quarter for Mississippi State. He caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, but the Bulldogs have closed the gap to 13-10.
Northwestern has given up the last 10 points.
The Wildcats added to their advantage when Jeff Budzien kicked a 37-yard field goal, the final play on a 10-play, 43-yard drive to give Northwestern the lead, 13-0.
A 53-yard drive that ended when Devon Bell kicked a 27-yard field goal helped Mississippi State narrow the deficit to 13-3. The Bulldogs’ drive was keyed by Josh Robinson’s 59-yard run. Mississippi State squandered an opportunity to score a touchdown, missing a chance to score from the Wildcats’ two-yard line before settling for the field goal. The Bulldogs kept the ball on the ground during the drive, throwing only one pass.
Mississippi State put a bow on a 62-yard drive when Tyler Russell tossed an 18-yard touchdown to Clark to make the score 13-10. LaDarius Perkins’ 20-yard run from the 48-yard line pushed the Bulldogs into enemy territory.
Northwestern will get the ball to start the second half.
And text play by play (box score) for Michigan vs. South Carolina: http://bigtennetwork.stats.com/cfb/pbp.asp?gamecode=201301010029
Play by play for Nebraska vs,. Georgia: http://bigtennetwork.stats.com/cfb/pbp.asp?gamecode=201301010023
Sunny in Tampa, too. Of course it is.
Michigan Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke prior to the 2013 Outback Bowl against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Raymond James Stadium. (Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
AFTER FIRST QUARTER: Oklahoma State held Purdue to 21 yards through the air during the first quarter and the Cowboys lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Oklahoma State struck first when Clint Chelf and Charlie Moore combined for a four-yard touchdown, the final play of a four-play, 19-yard drive. Josh Stewart’s punt return set the Cowboys up to start the drive.
Oklahoma State expanded its lead to 14-0 thanks to a three-play, 26-yard drive that ended when Chelf found Blake Jackson open for a seven-yard touchdown pass. The Cowboys started in good field position when Shamiel Gary intercepted a Robert Marve pass.
Oklahoma State has the ball at the Boilermakers’ 22-yard line to begin the second quarter.
AFTER FIRST QUARTER: No. 20 Northwestern’s secondary stifled the passing game, allowing just 19 yards through the air to Mississippi State in the first quarter and the Wildcats lead 10-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Northwestern made the score 7-0 when Quentin Williams intercepted a Tyler Russell pass and returned it for a touchdown.
The Wildcats opened up the lead, 10-0, after marching down the field for a 15-play, 69-yard drive that ended when Jeff Budzien kicked a 34-yard field goal.
Northwestern has the ball at the Bulldogs’ 20-yard line to begin the second quarter.
We know Northwestern fans are a little busy right now, but we aired this cool look at Venric Mark this morning. He breaks down one of his own punt returns. Interesting insights. And so, so fast.
Here’s our earlier interview with Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez. Good stuff.
Purdue Pete looks more serious than usual. Bowl games can do that to a guy.
Purdue Purdue mascot Boilermaker Pete prior to the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl. (Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
Rex Burkhead in pregame. Nice weather there, too.
Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead (22) warms up prior to the Capital One Bowl game against the Georgia Bulldogs at The Citrus Bowl. (Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports)
Purdue play by play is over here: http://bigtennetwork.stats.com/cfb/pbp.asp?gamecode=201301010025
Northwestern with the first Pick 6 of the day. Full text play by play here: http://bigtennetwork.stats.com/cfb/pbp.asp?gamecode=201301010032:
And … the games are on. Here’s a nice big link to our scoreboard page: http://bigtennetwork.stats.com/cfb/scoreboard.asp?conf=004
Barry Alvarez just called today’s a Rose Bowl matchup a “big boy football game” in his interview with Gerry DiNardo. Great description. We’ll post the full interview here in a bit in case you missed it.
Three uniforms changes for today’s games. BTN.com’s Brent Yarina has the scoop over in our Clothes Call section. http://btn.com/tag/clothes-call/
Nice weather for the Gator Bowl. But 12 degrees here at BTN HQ in Chicago. *Sigh*.
A general view of the Gator Bowl logo before the start of the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the Northwestern Wildcats at EverBank Field. (Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)
Note from Matt Davison on BTN just now: Rex Burkhead is playing today without the knee brace for the first time since the season opener.
A few early tweets from our guy Tom Dienhart …
Can #Northwestern end a confounding nine-game bowl losing skid? More important: Will NU have that stuffed gorilla on the sideline again?
— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) January 1, 2013
Beating MSU was nice, but #Wolverines basically lost every big game. A win over a very good South Carolina team will be a nice springboard.
— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) January 1, 2013
If the #Huskers get off to a slow start vs. Georgia, how will they respond to early adversity? I think the Huskers need early success.
— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) January 1, 2013
We’ll be kicking this off closer to 11 a.m. ET. Have a great day, Big Ten fans.