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Bowl Roundup: Notre Dame wins at Yankee Stadium

Bowl Roundup: Notre Dame wins at Yankee Stadium

Bowl Roundup: Notre Dame wins at Yankee Stadium

Notre Dame players celebrate their 29...


    NEW YORK — The plan for Rutgers seemed to be playing out well. Keep Notre Dame out of the end zone, stay close heading into the fourth quarter and make a few plays to steal a victory in the Pinstripe Bowl.
    The Scarlet Knights never did make those few plays.
    Rutgers managed only 237 yards of offense and allowed far too many long drives to the Fighting Irish, who pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 29-16 victory Saturday.
    Rutgers (6-7) heads to the Big Ten next year, leaving the American Athletic Conference (the former Big East) behind for much tougher competition. The Scarlet Knights will enter their new league coming off their first losing season since 2010 and just the second in the last nine years. Coach Kyle Flood will need to show immediate improvement.
    It'll help if he can find a quarterback.
    Senior Chas Dodd, who became the starter late in the season because of Gary Nova's struggles, finished with 156 yards passing against Notre Dame, including a touchdown to star receiver Brandon Coleman.
    Coleman is off to the NFL, having decided to skip his senior season.
    "We gave our best effort. It may not look like it on the scoreboard but this team gave our all and I want people to remember that," Coleman said.
    Tommy Rees passed for 319 yards in his final college game and Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals for Notre Dame.
    The Fighting Irish (9-4) finished their follow-up season to last year's run to the national championship game a long way from the BCS against a two-touchdown underdog trying to avoid a losing record.

Louisville pounds the U
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score in No. 18 Louisville's 36-9 victory over Miami on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
    The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to the Hurricanes' 174.
    Bridgewater was 35 for 45 for career-high 447 yards.
    Louisville won its second straight bowl game for its second 12-win season.
    With Cardinals' fans chanting "Teddy! Teddy!" at times throughout the game Bridgewater, projected to be a top NFL draft pick if he comes out this summer, set a school season record with 31 touchdown passes. The Miami native also tied the school record with his 27th victory as Louisville's starter.
    Miami, playing in its first bowl game since 2010, hasn't had a bowl victory since 2006, losing four straight.
    The Hurricanes were returning to the postseason following a two-year, self-imposed ban during an NCAA investigation.
    They got on the scoreboard first with the safety. But was one of their few highlights.

UNC tops Cincinnati in Belk Bowl
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — T.J. Logan returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Switzer scored on an 86-yard punt return to help North Carolina beat Cincinnati 39-17 on Saturday for its first Belk Bowl victory in four attempts.
    Marquise Williams threw for 171 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (7-6) in their first bowl victory since 2010.

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