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  • No. 22 Syracuse pulls away from Cornell 76-59 Dec 29, 2014 12:02 AM
    Peterson's 18 leads 5 in double figures, No. 22 Syracuse pulls away from Cornell 76-59

  • Music City Bowl Matchup Dec 28, 2014 5:02 PM
    LSU (8-4)28 Wisconsin2456Sam Houston St.031Louisiana-Monroe029 Mississippi St.3463New Mexico St.77 at Auburn4130 at Florida2741 Kentucky310 Mississippi713 Alabama, OT200 at Arkansas1723 at Texas A&M17NOTRE DAME (7-5)48 Rice1731 Michigan030 Purdue1431 at Syracuse1517 Stanford1450 North Carolina4327 at Florida St.3149 at Navy3931 at Arizona St.5540Northwestern, OT4328 Louisville3114 at Southern Cal49 ___ Rushing OffenseGCarRuYDTdsYdsPgLSU125832,63423219.5Notre Dame124331,81021150.8 ___ Passing OffenseGAttCpInLYdsTdsYdsPgLSU1226213191,96716163.9Notre Dame12437259143,52529293.8 ___ Total OffenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgLSU128454,601383.4Notre Dame128705,335444.6 ___ Rushing DefenseGCarYdsTDYdsPgLSU124091,72213143.5Notre Dame124871,94019161.7 ___ Passing DefenseGAttCpDIntYdsTdsPtsLSU12359181101,948998.70Notre Dame12399242162,87822131.42 ___ Total DefenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgLSU127683,670305.8Notre Dame128864,818401.5 ___ Net PuntingGYdsPuntsNetLSU121936841.29Notre Dame12394737.83 ___ Punt ReturnsGPRYdYdsAvgLSU122527110.84Notre Dame12211969.33 ___ Kickoff ReturnsGNoKRYdAvgLSU122457423.92Notre Dame124185820.93 ___ Turnover MarginGFmGDIntTotFmLInLTotMar/GmAvgLSU1210102079164.33Notre Dame1261622121426-4-0.33 ___ Scoring OffenseGFGPtsAvgLSU121333127.6Notre Dame121339633.0 ___ Scoring DefenseGSafPtsAvgLSU12019716.4Notre Dame12035129.3

  • 2014-15 Conference Bowl Records Dec 28, 2014 4:10 AM
    Through Dec. 27ConferenceWLPct.Pac-12301.000Southeastern101.000Conference USA41.800Big Ten21.667Independents11.500Sun Belt11.500American Athletic12.333Atlantic Coast24.333Mountain West24.333Mid-American13.250Big 1201.000

  • Hoovers' 3 helps Dayton upset No. 24 Green Bay 72-66 Dec 28, 2014 8:14 PM
    Andrea Hoover's 3 with less than minute left propels Dayton women over No. 24 Green Bay 72-66

  • No. 12 Kentucky holds off Tennessee State 87-75 Dec 28, 2014 8:22 PM
    Alexis Jennings leads Kentucky with career-high 27 points in 87-75 win over Tennessee State

  • No. 8 Tennessee women beat No. 10 Oregon St 74-63 Dec 28, 2014 8:52 PM
    Harrison has 20 points and 12 rebounds, No. 8 Tennessee women beat No. 10 Oregon State 74-63

  • Richardson-Smith keys Seton Hall to upset of No. 14 Georgia Dec 28, 2014 8:49 PM
    Richardson-Smith keys Seton Hall to 11th-straight win with 70-51 upset of No. 14 Georgia

  • No. 20 Michigan State falls 61-57 in Big Ten opener Dec 28, 2014 8:35 PM
    Coffey, Inman combine for 28 points as Northwestern upends No. 20 Michigan State 61-57

  • No. 25 Arizona State beats Yale 69-51 Dec 28, 2014 10:41 PM
    Amukamara scores 15, No. 25 Arizona State beats Yale 69-51

  • Arkansas hosts Grambling St. in women's basketball Dec 28, 2014 10:47 PM
    Arkansas to host Grambling State in women's college basketball

  • No. 4 Notre Dame women beat UCLA 82-67 Dec 28, 2014 10:54 PM
    Lindsay Allen scores career-high 22 points, No. 4 Notre Dame women beat UCLA 82-67

  • Women's Top 25 Capsules Dec 29, 2014 12:05 AM
    Women's Top 25 Capsules

  • No. 23 Iowa beats Penn St. 77-52 in Big Ten opener Dec 28, 2014 9:21 PM
    Bethany Doolittle leads No. 23 Iowa past Penn State 77-52 in Big Ten opener

  • Jefferson leads No. 2 UConn women over SMU 96-45 Dec 27, 2014 7:11 PM
    Point guard Jefferson's 24 points leads No. 3 UConn women to 96-45 win over SMU

  • S. Carolina tops Miami 24-21 in Independence Bowl Dec 27, 2014 7:57 PM
    It took South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier less than two quarters to abandon his gameplan and go back to what he knows best. “We’re going to chuck it down the field and see what happens,” Spurrier said. Thanks to Dylan Thompson and Pharoh Cooper, the change of heart worked. Thompson threw for 294 yards and two touchdowns, Cooper caught nine passes for 170 yards and a touchdown and South Carolina to beat Miami 24-21 on Saturday in the Independence Bowl. South Carolina (7-6) has won a school-record four straight bowl games. Miami (6-7) ended the season on a four-game losing streak and hasn’t won in the postseason since 2006. It didn’t look good for the Gamecocks early. Miami took a 6-0 lead and was completely controlling the game thanks to Duke Johnson, who ran for 132 yards and caught five passes for 51 yards. South Carolina’s offense, meanwhile, wasn’t doing much of anything. But in the middle of the second quarter, Spurrier decided to cut the passing game loose — even in cold and wet conditions. The strategic change paid off immediately. Thompson hit Cooper on a long pass over the middle of the field and the 5-foot-11, 201-pound sophomore made a few more moves in the open field to finish off a 78-yard touchdown play and give the Gamecocks a 7-6 lead. They never trailed again. South Carolina scored 17 straight points to take a 17-6 halftime lead. It was a satisfying ending to a frustrating season for the Gamecocks, who started the season with aspirations of competing for Southeastern Conference and national titles before quickly fading into mediocrity. Spurrier has had just one losing season in 25 seasons as a college head coach — back during his first season with Duke in 1987. Miami’s Brad Kaaya threw for 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard throw to Phillip Dorsett with 2:16 remaining to pull the Hurricanes within 24-21. But they never got the ball back after South Carolina picked up a crucial first down on Mike Davis’ 3-yard run with 1:34 left. It was an another impressive game for Johnson, the 5-foot-9, 206-pound junior who has likely played his last game with the Hurricanes and is expected to declare for the NFL draft. But he had a costly fumble on Miami’s 29 with 5:24 remaining and South Carolina recovered. Johnson also suffered a right ankle injury on the play and didn’t return to the game, though he was up and walking on the sideline in the final minutes. Johnson said he was “fine” after the game and “probably” could have returned if it had been needed. “We are what our record is,” Miami coach Al Golden said. “But in so many ways we’re better than that.” Two plays after Johnson’s fumble, Thompson hit Cooper on a spectacular pass and catch to get down to the Miami 2. Thompson fit the ball into a tight window and Cooper helped him by leaping over the defender to make the grab. Thompson trotted into the end zone untouched on the next play and the Gamecocks had what proved to be an insurmountable 24-14 lead with 4:13 left. Miami squandered some early opportunities, settling for field goals after long drives stalled. Michael Badgley made field goals from 27 and 26 yards to give the Hurricanes a 6-0 lead by early in the second quarter. The Gamecocks never looked comfortable until Thompson’s 78-yard touchdown to Cooper. Thompson scrambled out of the pocket a few minutes later on a broken play before finding Davis on a 15-yard touchdown pass. “The golden rule of a quarterback is to never throw back across the field,” Thompson said. “But Mike looked so naked out there, I just thought ‘I’ll give it a shot, it’s my last game.”’ The Gamecocks’ defense — maligned for much of the season — didn’t give up a touchdown until late in the third quarter when Gus Edwards’ 3-yard touchdown run and the Miami’s ensuing 2-point conversion pulled the Hurricanes to 17-14. Cooper was the game’s offensive Most Valuable Player. South Carolina linebacker Jonathan Walton was the defensive MVP after making four tackles, including 1 1/2 for losses, and also grabbing an interception.

  • Liberty Bowl Matchup Dec 28, 2014 5:01 PM
    TEXAS A&M (7-5)52at South Carolina2873 Lamar338 Rice1058 at SMU635 Arkansas, OT2831at Mississippi St.4820 Mississippi350 at Alabama5921 Louisiana-Monroe1641 at Auburn3827 Missouri3417 LSU23WEST VIRGINIA (7-5)23 at Alabama3354 Towson040 at Maryland3733 Oklahoma4533 Kansas1437 at Texas Tech3441 Baylor2734 at Oklahoma St.1030 TCU3116 at Texas3320 Kansas St.2637 at Iowa St.24 ___ Rushing OffenseGCarRuYDTdsYdsPgTexas A&M123731,71418142.8West Virginia125312,25018187.5 ___ Passing OffenseGAttCpInLYdsTdsYdsPgTexas A&M12479310143,67735306.4West Virginia12489320103,77523314.6 ___ Total OffenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgTexas A&M128525,391449.3West Virginia121,0206,025502.1 ___ Rushing DefenseGCarYdsTDYdsPgTexas A&M125292,68223223.5West Virginia124541,95118162.6 ___ Passing DefenseGAttCpDIntYdsTdsPtsTexas A&M1238622252,70616127.49West Virginia12420219112,71214112.14 ___ Total DefenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgTexas A&M129155,388449.0West Virginia128744,663388.6 ___ Net PuntingGYdsPuntsNetTexas A&M121005640.93West Virginia122305237.31 ___ Punt ReturnsGPRYdYdsAvgTexas A&M122127212.95West Virginia1225813.24 ___ Kickoff ReturnsGNoKRYdAvgTexas A&M12441,00622.86West Virginia124093723.43 ___ Turnover MarginGFmGDIntTotFmLInLTotMar/GmAvgTexas A&M12751251419-7-0.58West Virginia1221113181028-15-1.25 ___ Scoring OffenseGFGPtsAvgTexas A&M121241334.4West Virginia122739833.2 ___ Scoring DefenseGSafPtsAvgTexas A&M12032827.3West Virginia12131426.2

  • Russell Athletic Bowl Matchup Dec 28, 2014 5:01 PM
    CLEMSON (9-3)21 at Georgia4573 SC State717 at Florida St., OT2350 North Carolina3541 NC State023 Louisville1717 at Boston College1316 Syracuse634 at Wake Forest206 at Georgia Tech2828 Georgia St.035 South Carolina17OKLAHOMA (8-4)48 Louisiana Tech1652 at Tulsa734 Tennessee1045 at West Virginia3333 at TCU3731 Texas2630 Kansas St.3159 at Iowa St.1414 Baylor4842 at Texas Tech3044 Kansas735 Oklahoma St., OT38 ___ Rushing OffenseGCarRuYDTdsYdsPgClemson124971,83619153.0Oklahoma125263,22339268.6 ___ Passing OffenseGAttCpInLYdsTdsYdsPgClemson12414266123,08520257.1Oklahoma12349193142,54317211.9 ___ Total OffenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgClemson129114,921410.1Oklahoma128755,766480.5 ___ Rushing DefenseGCarYdsTDYdsPgClemson124221,1721097.7Oklahoma124161,31514109.6 ___ Passing DefenseGAttCpDIntYdsTdsPtsClemson1235117791,94312103.08Oklahoma12473261123,27220122.17 ___ Total DefenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgClemson127733,115259.6Oklahoma128894,587382.3 ___ Net PuntingGYdsPuntsNetClemson121747039.47Oklahoma121765735.75 ___ Punt ReturnsGPRYdYdsAvgClemson12321946.06Oklahoma1215875.80 ___ Kickoff ReturnsGNoKRYdAvgClemson122851818.50Oklahoma123582623.60 ___ Turnover MarginGFmGDIntTotFmLInLTotMar/GmAvgClemson1210919612181.08Oklahoma1271219514190.00 ___ Scoring OffenseGFGPtsAvgClemson121936130.1Oklahoma121346738.9 ___ Scoring DefenseGSafPtsAvgClemson12021117.6Oklahoma12029724.8

  • Texas Bowl Matchup Dec 28, 2014 5:02 PM
    ARKANSAS (6-6)21 at Auburn4573 Nicholls St.749 at Texas Tech2852 N. Illinois1428 at Texas A&M, OT3513 Alabama1432 Georgia4545 UAB1710at Mississippi St.1717 LSU030 Mississippi014 at Missouri21TEXAS (6-6)38 North Texas77 BYU4117 UCLA2023 at Kansas07 Baylor2826 at Oklahoma3148 Iowa St.450 at Kansas St.2334 at Texas Tech1333 West Virginia1628 at Oklahoma St.710 TCU48 ___ Rushing OffenseGCarRuYDTdsYdsPgArkansas125072,64330220.3Texas124561,78417148.7 ___ Passing OffenseGAttCpInLYdsTdsYdsPgArkansas1233618762,28419190.3Texas12393230102,54214211.8 ___ Total OffenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgArkansas128434,927410.6Texas128494,326360.5 ___ Rushing DefenseGCarYdsTDYdsPgArkansas124111,48810124.0Texas124991,94516162.1 ___ Passing DefenseGAttCpDIntYdsTdsPtsArkansas12367204112,65719127.49Texas12396235152,23511108.34 ___ Total DefenseGPlaysYdsYdsPgArkansas127784,145345.4Texas128954,180348.3 ___ Net PuntingGYdsPuntsNetArkansas12455538.53Texas123098037.71 ___ Punt ReturnsGPRYdYdsAvgArkansas12211798.52Texas12211738.24 ___ Kickoff ReturnsGNoKRYdAvgArkansas122255725.32Texas123463518.68 ___ Turnover MarginGFmGDIntTotFmLInLTotMar/GmAvgArkansas12111122116175.42Texas1271522131023-1-0.08 ___ Scoring OffenseGFGPtsAvgArkansas12838432.0Texas121427122.6 ___ Scoring DefenseGSafPtsAvgArkansas12024320.3Texas12027923.3

  • Northwestern beats Northern Kentucky 76-55 Dec 27, 2014 5:15 PM
    Tre Demps tied a career-high with 23 points as Northwestern beat Northern Kentucky 76-55 on Saturday. Northwestern took its largest lead at 74-50 on a Demps 3-pointer with 2:32 left. He finished 9 of 18 from the field. Bryant McIntosh added 15 points and Scottie Lindsey had 12 for Northwestern (9-4) in its final non-conference game before beginning Big Ten action on Tuesday. The Wildcats have won three straight and four of five. Todd Johnson scored 14 points for Northern Kentucky (6-7). The Norse fell to 0-3 against Big Ten teams this season. Northwestern extended its lead to 18 with 17:41 left after three-point plays by Sanjay Lumpkin and Demps, and a Lumpkin dunk. Northern Kentucky cut the lead to nine on Johnson’s 3-pointer and free throw with 10:38 remaining. But Vic Law’s jumper and Gavin Skelly’s putback extended Northwestern’s lead to 13 with 8:02 left.

  • Penn State tops Boston College 31-30 (OT) in Pinstripe Bowl Dec 27, 2014 9:04 PM
    Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter for a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Penn State kicked the extra point that Boston College could not, lifting the Nittany Lions to a 31-30 win in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions (7-6) played in a bowl game for the first time since January 2012 after the NCAA lifted the most severe sanctions levied against the program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Penn State’s Sam Ficken used retired New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s locker and some of his clutch postseason play appeared to rub off on the kicker. He sent the game into OT with a 45-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in regulation and won it with his extra point. Tyler Murphy hit David Dudeck for a 21-yard touchdown past on Boston College’s drive. Mike Knoll shanked the extra point for the Eagles (7-6) and that was the opening Penn State needed to complete its comeback from a 21-7 deficit late in the third quarter. Penn State has played under the cloud of scandal and sanctions for the most of the last four years, tearing at the fabric of the community known as Happy Valley and tarnishing the legacy of Joe Paterno. Moments after Penn State hoisted the bowl trophy on the field, first-year coach James Franklin took the microphone and thanked the seniors “who stayed with this program when we needed them most.” He told the thousands of die-hards that packed the stadium, “You want to talk about closure? Look around! This is closure!” The Eagles left stunned after blowing the lead and missing their eighth extra point of the season. Knoll put the Eagles ahead 24-21 on a 20-yarder with 2:10 left in the fourth. Ficken, who won the opener in Dublin with a 36-yard field goal as time expired, bookended the season with his biggest kick yet. Captain to captain, Ficken had the honor of using the retired Jeter’s locker Saturday. Ficken is Penn State’s special teams captain. Hackenberg played more as he did freshman year, when he had NFL scouts raving about first-round potential rather than this season’s erratic sophomore effort. He set Penn State records for completions and yards passing (34 of 50, 371 yards) and earned MVP honors. He went over the middle and hit DaeSean Hamilton to make it 21-all with 6:48 left in the fourth. Hackenberg should have been eligible for a potential bowl game his senior season. But when the bowl ban was lifted this season, the Nittany Lions earned the chance to play in front of 49,012 fans at Yankee Stadium. Murphy and Jon Hilliman had run wild for the Eagles to build a lead. Murphy found Shakim Phillips in the corner end zone for a 19-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead early in the third. He then showed how he set the ACC’s single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,079 yards in 2014 with a 40-yard dash that put the Eagles ahead 21-7. Hilliman, who led the team with 12 rushing TDs, broke through early with a 44-yard run that gave him more yards on one carry than three teams had in a game this season against Penn State: Central Florida (24), Massachusetts (3) yards and Maryland (25). He averaged a whopping 19.2 yards-per-carry on just five attempts for 101 yards in the first half. He found a huge opening late in the first quarter for a 49-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 7. The Nittany Lions scored first on Hackenberg’s 72-yard TD pass to Chris Godwin down the right sideline with 5:22 left in the first. The score earned a booming “We are! Penn State!” chant from the Penn State fans that helped fill Yankee Stadium. The Nittany Lions turned the Bronx into a miniature Happy Valley, flooding the train from Philadelphia to New York on Saturday afternoon, then overtaking the subway lines. Once they emerged at the corner of 161st Street and River Avenue, Yankee Stadium may as well have been Beaver Stadium. Mark Holtzman, who runs non-baseball events for the New York Yankees, said tickets sold out in 36 hours, the fastest of the five Pinstripe Bowls so far.

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