Jan. 1 Bowl Recaps




Jan. 1, 2011

Texas Tech 45, Northwestern 38: Taylor Potts threw four touchdown passes and scored another on a trick play, and Eric Stephens ran 86 yards for a TD to carry Texas Tech to a 45-38 victory over Northwestern in the inaugural TicketCity Bowl.

The Red Raiders (8-5) led by 22 points early in the second half, then had to sweat it out.

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Alabama 49, Michigan State 7: Mark Ingram ran for two scores to break the Alabama career touchdown record, and the No. 15 Crimson Tide rolled past seventh-ranked Michigan State 49-7 on Saturday in the most lopsided Capital One Bowl in history.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner had 59 yards rushing against the team he rooted for as a kid, Greg McElroy threw for 220 yards and one touchdown, and Alabama (10-3) pulled most of its starters in the third quarter. Ingram moved past Shaun Alexander's mark (41) with 42 career touchdowns.

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Florida 37, Penn State 24: Urban Meyer walked away from Florida with a win against Joe Paterno, who insists Penn State's disappointing season won't be his last.

Meyer closed out a highly successful six-year run that included a pair of national championships by leading the Gators back from a second-half deficit to beat JoePa's Nittany Lions 37-24 in the Outback Bowl on Saturday.

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Mississippi State 52, Michigan 14: Chris Relf threw three touchdown passes, Vick Ballard ran for three scores and No. 21 Mississippi State overwhelmed Michigan 52-14 Saturday in the Gator Bowl.

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TCU 21, Wisconsin 19: TCU won the Rose Bowl for all those schools that never even imagined they could get there.

Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score, linebacker Tank Carder swatted down a 2-point conversion pass attempt with 2 minutes to play, and the third-ranked Horned Frogs completed a perfect season with a 21-19 victory over No. 4 Wisconsin on Saturday.

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