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Quick Lane Bowl: Minnesota holds off Central Michigan, 21-14

Minnesota had lost seven bowls in a row, which tied Ball State for the longest active postseason losing skein. [ MORE: BOWL SCHEDULE | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] That drought is over with a methodical 21-14 win over Central Michigan. The last Gopher bowl victory was authored by BTN’s Glen Mason, whose 2004 squad beat Alabama in the Music City Bowl. Minnesota was one of three 5-7 teams in bowls. And, believe it or not, all three won their games. BEST OF QUICK LANE BOWL Best play: This one came complements of CMU freshman back Romello Ross,

Michigan State QB Connor Cook says shoulder feels great

Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook says his shoulder is feeling great after a late-season injury. The third-ranked Spartans plays No. 2 Alabama on Thursday night in the Cotton Bowl semifinal of the College Football Playoff.

Video: Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr.'s one-handed TD grab

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

Foster Farms Bowl: Nebraska rallies, holds off UCLA, 37-29

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

Gallery: Nebraska vs. UCLA, Foster Farms Bowl

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.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Duke outlasts Indiana, 44-41, in overtime

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 gives young cancer patient great Christmas gift

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

Gallery: Indiana vs. Duke, New Era Pinstripe Bowl

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.

Dienhart: Here's a look back at Wisconsin's 2015 season

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