BTN.com's Tom Dienhart is watching every Big Ten bowl game, and on Wednesday night he rolled out his assessment of Wisconsin's impressive 23-21 win over No. 25 USC in the Holiday Bowl. See his grades and his overall take in this post.
Wisconsin took down Southern Cal, 23-21, in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday night. The victory improved the Big Ten to 3-1 this bowl season, with the lone loss coming in overtime (Indiana vs. Duke). Get our favorite USA TODAY Sports photos from Wisconsin’s bowl win below.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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.