2016-17 Big Ten Bowl Recaps



MONDAY, JAN. 2

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC: Wisconsin 24, Western Michigan 16 -
It wasn't always smooth sailing, but Wisconsin sank Western Michigan's hopes of an undefeated season Monday to claim the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, 24-16. For the Badgers' seniors playing in their last football game, the win was particularly poignant as the 13 upperclassmen made program history as Wisconsin's winningest class with 41 overall victories. RECAP

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL: USC 52, Penn State 49 - Matt Boermeester kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and Southern California rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a 52-49 victory over Penn State on Monday night in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played. Trace McSorley passed for 254 yards and threw two of his four touchdown passes to Chris Godwin for the Nittany Lions (11-3), whose nine-game winning streak ended in heartbreaking fashion. Saquon Barkley rushed for 194 yards and two TDs for the Nittany Lions (12-2), who followed up their 21-point comeback in the Big Ten title game with another ferocious rally. RECAP

OUTBACK BOWL: Florida 30, Iowa 3 - Florida scored the game's final 27 points to hand the Iowa football team a 30-3 Outback Bowl loss Monday afternoon inside Raymond James Stadium. The Hawkeyes finish the 2016 season with an 8-5 overall record. RECAP


SATURDAY, DEC. 31

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL AT THE PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL: Clemson 31, Ohio State 0 -
 Raekwon McMillan registered a game-high 15 tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack, but it was not enough as Ohio State fell to Clemson, 31-0, in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. RECAP


FRIDAY, DEC. 30

CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL: Florida State 33, Michigan 32
 - The Wolverines fell one point short of Florida State in the Orange Bowl, which saw Michiga's final drive fizzle out after Florida State took the lead with less than a minute remaining in a 33-32 final. RECAP

FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL: Tennessee 38, Nebraska 24 - Nebraska fell behind 14-0 midway through the first half and was not able to recover in a 38-24 loss to Tennessee in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Friday afternoon at Nissan Stadium. With the loss, Nebraska ended the season with a 9-4 record (6-3 Big Ten), while Tennessee improved to 9-4 (4-4 SEC) with the victory. RECAP


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL: Northwestern 31, Pitt 24
- Justin Jackson rushed 33 times for 226 yards and three touchdowns Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, leading Northwestern to an exciting 31-24 win over Pitt in the Pinstripe Bowl. Jackson was named the Bowl MVP. NU's defense helped shut down an incredible high-powered Pitt offense with stellar red-zone defense, including a pair of interceptions near the goal line. Quarterback Clayton Thorson added a touchdown toss to give him a Northwestern single-season record 22 on the year. RECAP

FOSTER FARMS BOWL: Utah 26, Indiana 24 - The Indiana Hoosiers fell on a late field goal to Utah in the Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif., on Wednesday night, 26-24. Indiana took a 24-23 lead in the fourth quarter on a three-yard touchdown run from Devine Redding, but Utah connected on a field goal with just 1:24 left in the game to take a 26-24 lead. RECAP


TUESDAY, DEC. 27

NATIONAL FUNDING HOLIDAY BOWL: Minnesota 17, Washington State 12
- Shannon Brooks caught a tipped pass from Mitch Leidner for a 13-yard, go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter and the Minnesota Golden Gophers upset Luke Falk and the Washington State Cougars 17-12 in the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday night. With the win, Minnesota finished the 2016 season with a 9-4 record, the most wins for the program since 2003. It's also just the second time since 1905 the Golden Gophers have reached nine victories. RECAP


MONDAY, DEC. 26

QUICK LANE BOWL: Boston College 36, Maryland 30 - Sophomore running back Ty Johnson ran for 159 yards on 15 carries, but Boston College edged past Maryland, 36-30, in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday. Johnson's big day propelled him past the 1,000 yard rushing mark for the season, becoming just the ninth Terp and first since Da'Rel Scott (2008) to reach the milestone. He also became just the eighth player in school history to post five 100-yard rushing performances in a single-season. RECAP