Big Ten bowl roundup: Nebraska tops Georgia in Gator Bowl
BY STEVE GREENBERG Staff Reporter January 1, 2014 8:45PM
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, left, catches a touchdown pass in the end zone from receiver Bruce Ellington as Wisconsin cornerback Darius Hillary (5) and linebacker Brendan Kelly (97) attempt to defend during the first half of the Capital One Bowl NCAA college football game in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
Updated: January 1, 2014 10:30PM
Gator Bowl: Nebraska 24, Georgia 19
In hindsight, we should’ve known the Huskers (9-4) were going to win this one. How else were they supposed to finish with four losses for the sixth year in a row? That’s four Ls every season since the arrival in Lincoln of coach Bo Pellllini … sorry, make that Pelini.
The big difference for the Huskers was, of course, avoiding back-to-back bowl losses to the Bulldogs (8-5). A year ago, Georgia handled the Huskers in the Capital One Bowl, winning 45-31. This time, Pelini’s team was relatively locked in from start to finish.
For all the frustrating moments during Pelini’s tenure, Quincy Enunwa’s 99-yard touchdown catch from Tommy Armstrong Jr. will leave a pleasant taste in the mouths of Nebraska fans throughout the offseason. The epic third-quarter hookup put the Huskers on top 24-12, and they barely held on from there.
Capital One Bowl: South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24
Jadeveon Clowney wasn’t much of a factor, but fellow South Carolina defensive lineman Victor Hampton more than stepped forward, knocking Wisconsin’s Joel Stave out of the game with a vicious hit to the quarterback’s right throwing shoulder.
The Badgers (9-4) churned out 293 yards on the ground, but with zero rushing touchdowns.
It was almost Wisconsin’s kind of game, but not really. The Gamecocks (11-2), led by quarterback Connor Shaw and a rugged defense, were completely dominant throughout the fourth quarter. They wore down a UW team that prides itself on doing exactly that to its opponents. In the end, this was a mismatch.
Outback Bowl: LSU 21, Iowa 14
We’ve all seen ugly games before. Maybe not this ugly.
The quarterbacks combined to pass for less than 200 yards and zero touchdowns. LSU (10-3) slogged around on offense, but Iowa (8-5) was even worse; the Hawkeyes totaled 233 yards and 11 first downs.
When your leading passer (Jake Rudock) throws for 102 yards and your leading rusher (Mark Weisman) goes for 37, you know you’re having an awful afternoon.