Iowa fans are stoked to be headed to the 2016 Rose Bowl Game – even if they were oh-so close to making the second annual College Football Playoff. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] The Hawkeyes last made the trip to Pasadena at the end of the 1990 season, losing to Washington, 46-34, in the 1991 Rose Bowl Game. Twenty-five years later, Iowa is back in the Granddaddy of them All.
Three Big Ten men’s basketball teams closed out their non-conference seasons Sunday on BTN, and all three recorded double-digit victories. No. 4 Maryland started the festivities by taking down Marshall, 87-67, Ohio State followed with a 73-57 win over South Carolina State, and Northwestern finished the night with a 74-59 comeback win vs. Loyola Maryland. Catch up on all of the day’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard. Big Ten conference play tips off Tuesday night, with Wisconsin hosting No. 13 Purdue and Iowa entertaining No. 1 Michigan State. Get video highlights and final scores from Sunday’s action below. MARYLAND
The future is bright for Nebraska freshman Stanley Morgan Jr. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | DIENHART REAX | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] The wide receiver out of New Orleans is an obvious talent, and he showed just what he’s capable of in Nebraska’s 37-29 comeback win over UCLA on Saturday night in the Foster Farms Bowl. Tied 21-21 early in the third quarter, Morgan hauled in a beautiful one-handed touchdown grab to put the Huskers ahead, proving to be the game-winning score. Morgan, who added a nine-yard reception, finished his first season with 25 catches for 304
This season, the highly ranked Maryland Terrapins men’s and women’s basketball teams are generating a lot of excitement in College Park and beyond. But there’s another basketball program out of Maryland that’s making a big impact, even though it isn’t ranked and doesn’t have thousands of spectators. That would be the College Park Dream Team. Now in its fourth year, the program pairs area youth with law enforcement officers from three local departments for a series of basketball games to foster positive relationships and encourage dialogue between them. The College Park Dream Team is the result of Gloria Aparicio Blackwell,
Nebraska was one of three teams in the postseason with a 5-7 record. UCLA also arrived in the Foster Farm’s Bowl slumping, losing two of its last three after looking like a contender in the Pac-12 South. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | AP RECAP | BOX SCORE | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] But it was the Huskers who got to end 2015 on an up note, scoring 30 consecutive points after trailing 21-7. The victory still didn’t give Nebraska a winning mark, as it finished with a 6-7 record–its first losing mark since 2007. The win also gives the program some much-needed
Mike Riley and Nebraska wrote a positive final chapter to the coach’s first season in Lincoln on Saturday night. The Cornhuskers, who made a bowl game despite a 5-7 record, rallied and held off UCLA, 37-29, in the 2015 Foster Farms Bowl at Levi Stadium Get our favorite Foster Farms Bowl photos, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports Images, below.
The first Big Ten bowl was a doozie, as Duke took a 44-41 overtime win vs. Indiana in a Pinstripe Bowl that featured eight lead changes. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | GALLERY | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] It was the Blue Devils’ first postseason win since a Cotton Bowl triumph after the 1960 season, ending a five-bowl skid. The Hoosiers have now lost three bowls in a row, last winning the Copper Bowl in 1991. Indiana finishes 6-7 and still has not had a winning season since 1994. BEST OF PINSTRIPE BOWL Best play: There were some
Tom Brady knows how to win football games, and he also knows how to make a child’s dream come true. [ MORE: Like this post? Visit our full Gone Viral section! ] The former Michigan quarterback and eventual NFL Hall of Famer gave an 8-year-old cancer patient a Christmas gift she won’t soon forget. Brady, in a video from inside the New England locker room, invited Hailey, who recently was diagnosed with leukemia for the second time, to visit him in Foxborough. Hailey’s parents accepted the invitation, and the photos from the encounter are something special. Watch Brady’s invitation in
Indiana, playing in its first bowl game since the 2007 season, lost a 44-41 overtime heartbreaker Saturday in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Griffin Oakes missed a 55-yard field goal at the end of regulation and then missed a 38-yarder in overtime, following a Duke field goal on the first possession of overtime. Catch up on all of the action here. Here are our favorite photos, courtesy of USA TODAY Sports.
Usually, a nine-win season is cause for celebration. But Wisconsin was tabbed by most to win the Big Ten West. Instead, the Badgers finished second in Paul Chryst’s debut as head coach. [ MORE: Full bowl schedule | Polls: Pick bowl winners | Best of the Bowls | Ranking the bowls | Big Ten bowl bags | Bowl storylines | Get all of our bowl coverage ] Wisconsin’s defense did its part all season, ranking No. 1 in the Big Ten in scoring (13.1 ppg) and No. 1 overall (267.1 ypg) under standout coordinator Dave Aranda. But the offense struggled