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Illinois halts skid, beats UCLA 20-14

Illinois' Whitney Mercilus

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Illinois vs UCLA

(AP) Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for Illinois’ first touchdown late in the third quarter and the Illini snapped a six-game losing streak by beating UCLA 20-14 in the Fight Hunger Bowl.Nathan Scheelhaase added a 60-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jenkins midway through the fourth quarter to seal the first victory for Illinois (7-6) since beating Indiana 12 weeks ago. The game between two six-win teams who have already fired their head coaches matched the underwhelming expectations as there was little excitement before Hawthorne’s third-quarter touchdown that gave Illinois its first lead. UCLA (6-8) was held to 18 yards rushing in its third straight loss. Read the full AP recap, get Tom Dienhart’s reaction, see the box score and view our photo gallery.

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Dienhart: Breaking down the Car Care Bowl

Throughout the bowl season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his thoughts on the Big Ten’s record 10 bowl games. Find Dienhart’s reaction to Northwestern’s loss to Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Saturday afternoon in this post.

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Dienhart: 12/31 Rose Bowl Notebook

Wisconsin's Montee Ball

Bret Bielema - Rose Bowl Media Day Interview

LOS ANGELES – A win in the 98th Rose Bowl would serve as missing validation Wisconsin and Oregon have been searching for in recent years. Each program has league championships and myriad victories to show off over the last 10-12 years. But BCS bowl victories?

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Northwestern rally falls short against Texas A&M

Northwestern's Dan Persa

Meineke Car Care Bowl: Northwestern vs. Texas A&M

(AP) Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards and a touchdown and Ben Malena ran for two more scores to lead Texas A&M to a 33-22 win over Northwestern on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Northwestern led 7-3 early in the second quarter before A&M reeled off 27 straight points to take a decisive lead and then fight off a late rally to capture its first bowl victory since 2001.Texas A&M broke a five-game bowl losing streak in a win the team dedicated to fired coach Mike Sherman and offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio, who was killed in a car accident last week. Northwestern hasn’t won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl, a span of nine losses. Read the full AP recap, get Tom Dienhart’s reaction, see box score and the play-by-play and check out our photo gallery.

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Big Ten Bowls Roll On With 2 More Today

Iowa's Prater

Tom Dienhart's Rose Bowl Preview

The Big Ten stands at 1-1 in college football bowls so far thanks to Purdue’s wild win and Iowa’s tough loss. Today, Northwestern takes on Texas A&M while Illinois faces UCLA. Our college football bowl schedule is a good place to keep track of all the action, and you can track today’s games on our Big Ten college football bowl scoreboard, too.

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