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Bowl Roundup: MSU gets gritty Rose Bowl win
Rose Bowl Football Heal
Michigan State wide receiver Tony Lippett celebrates his touchdown past Stanford cornerback Wayne Lyons, during the second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) - photo by Associated Press

College Football Scoreboard
Gator Bowl
Nebraska    24
#23 Georgia    19

Heart of Dallas Bowl
UNLV        14
North Texas    36

Outback Bowl
Iowa        14
#16 LSU        21

Capital one Bowl
#19 Wisconsin    24
#9 S. Carolina    34

Rose Bowl
#5 Stanford    20
#4 Michigan St.    24

Fiesta Bowl
#15 UCF    vs.
#6 Baylor    late.

Thursday's Game
Sugar Bowl
8:30 p.m.
    #11 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. #3 Alabama (11-1), ESPN

Line: Alabama by 16
Series Record: Oklahoma leads 2-1-1
WHAT'S AT STAKE: After being bounced from the national title picture in its final regular season game, Alabama still has a shot to finish as high as No. 2 in the rankings. The Crimson Tide also is looking to increase its nation-leading bowl victory total to 35 and its Sugar Bowl victory total to nine. Oklahoma aims to finish with a Top 10 ranking and back up coach Bob Stoops, who last offseason said the notion that the Southeastern Conference is the best league in college football is based on "propaganda."
KEY MATCHUP: Oklahoma's defense, ranked 13th nationally, will have its hands full with an Alabama offense that features Heisman Trophy finalist AJ McCarron at quarterback, as well as running back T.J. Yeldon and receiver Amari Cooper.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Oklahoma: RB Brennan Clay leads a Sooners running game averaging 235.8 yards per game. Clay has rushed for 913 yards and six TDs, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
Alabama: McCarron is playing his final game for the Crimson Tide. He was the Heisman Trophy runner-up, winner of the Maxwell Award for player of the year and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. He is 36-3 in three seasons as a starter. Linebacker C.J. Mosely won the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker.
FACTS & FIGURES: Alabama's only victory over Oklahoma came in the 1963 Orange Bowl. ... The Crimson Tide and Sooners played to a 24-all tie in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl. ... The Sooners have beaten the Tide twice in the regular season. ... Oklahoma is playing in its 47th bowl in program history and 15th straight under Stoops. ... Oklahoma is 27-18-1 in bowl games. ... The Sooners are making their ninth BCS Bowl appearance, more than any other program. ... Oklahoma has played in six previous Sugar Bowls, winning four. ... The Sooners' last appearance in the Sugar Bowl came in January 2004, a loss to LSU for the BCS national title. ... Alabama last played in the Sugar Bowl in January 2009, losing 31-17 to Utah, and has not lost a bowl game since. ... The Tide last closed out a season in New Orleans in January 2012, winning the BCS title game against LSU. ... Alabama is making its 14th Sugar Bowl appearance. ... Stoops and Alabama coach Nick Saban have two of the top three winning percentages among active college coaches with at least 10 seasons as a head coach. Stoops is second (behind Ohio State's Urban Meyer) with a winning percentage of .803 (159-39), while Saban is third at .745 (165-56-1).

    PASADENA, Calif. — Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl.
    Cook also threw a TD pass to Trevon Pendleton, and Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score in the first Rose Bowl victory in 26 years for the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-1), who finished the season with 10 straight wins.
    Michigan State's defense capped its dominant season with one more smash-mouth performance during the centennial celebration of the Granddaddy of Them All.
    The Spartans ended it by stopping the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (11-3) on fourth-and-1 with 1:46 to play, utterly stuffing a run play up the middle.
    PASADENA, Calif. — Connor Cook passed for a career-high 332 yards and hit Tony Lippett with a tiebreaking 25-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, leading No. 4 Michigan State to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford on Wednesday night in the 100th Rose Bowl.
    Cook also threw a TD pass to Trevon Pendleton, and Jeremy Langford rushed for 84 yards and a score in the first Rose Bowl victory in 26 years for the Big Ten champion Spartans (13-1), who finished the season with 10 straight wins.
    Michigan State's defense capped its dominant season with one more smash-mouth performance during the centennial celebration of the Granddaddy of Them All.
    The Spartans ended it by stopping the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (11-3) on fourth-and-1 with 1:46 to play, utterly stuffing a run play up the middle.

Shaw, South Carolina win big
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and South Carolina outlasted Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl.
    The senior was selected the game MVP after picking apart the Badgers' defense, completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. Shaw also had rushing and receiving scores.
    The game also turned out to be the final college contest for South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who said afterward that he would forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
    South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl game to cap its third straight 11-win season.
    Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
    The Badgers (9-4) lost their fourth straight bowl game, failing to capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White, and struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Backup Curt Phillips threw two interceptions.
    While the Gamecocks couldn't contain the Badgers' rushing attack for most of the game, Shaw and his receivers did plenty to keep South Carolina productive on offense.
    Trailing 17-13 in the third quarter, Ellington reeled in a juggling reception near the sideline on a fourth-and-7 play.
    Two plays later Shaw found Ellington for the 22-yard touchdown strike to put the Gamecocks up by three.
    The Badgers lost Stave on the next series, and with Phillips taking over were stopped short on a fourth-down run inside the Gamecocks 30.
    South Carolina took advantage, and needed just six plays for Shaw to find Jerrell Adams for a 3-yard touchdown that made it 27-17 with 11:05 to play in the game.

Hill leads LSU to Outback win
    TAMPA, Fla. — Jeremy Hill ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping LSU and inexperienced quarterback Anthony Jennings hold off Iowa in the Outback Bowl.
    Craig Loston's fourth-quarter interception stopped a potential tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a 92-yard march that gave LSU (10-3) a 21-7 lead.
    Iowa (8-5) pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the Tigers 4.
    Jennings rushed for one touchdown, but the freshman threw for only 82 yards and was intercepted once and sacked four times while standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger in his first college start.
    C.J. Beathard replaced Jake Rudock at quarterback for Iowa on the first play of the fourth quarter. His fourth-down interception stopped one promising drive, but he also tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley that cut it 21-14 with 1:42 remaining.
    Safety John Lowdermilk set up Iowa's other TD — Mark Weisman's 2-yard run in the third quarter — with an interception and 71-yard return to the 1. Officials initially ruled Lowdermilk, who was untouched on the return, scored. But the TD was reversed when a replay review determined the Iowa defender dropped the ball before crossing the goal line.

UNT wins in Dallas
    DALLAS — Derek Thompson threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, Brelan Chancellor scored twice and North Texas dominated the second half to beat UNLV 36-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
    Both of Chancellor's touchdown runs came in the fourth quarter after he keyed the go-ahead scoring drive in the third with some nifty footwork on a first-down catch. He had 121 yards combined rushing and receiving.
    The Mean Green (9-4) were making their first postseason appearance since a 2004 New Orleans Bowl loss to Southern Miss and won a bowl for the first since New Orleans in 2002.
    UNLV (7-6) drove 95 yards for a touchdown on its opening possession but didn't score again until the Mean Green were up 28-7 in the fourth quarter.