2017-18 Big Ten Bowl Recaps

MONDAY, JAN. 1

OUTBACK BOWL: South Carolina 26, Michigan 19 - South Carolina rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Michigan 26-19 in Monday's Outback Bowl. Jake Bentley threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns Monday to pace the win, which gave the Gamecocks (9-4) at least nine wins in a season for just the seventh time. Bentley shrugged off a slow start to toss scoring passes of 21 yards to Bryan Edwards and 53 yards to Shi Smith, the latter giving his team a 23-19 lead early in the fourth quarter. RECAP


SATURDAY, DEC. 30

PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL: Penn State 35, Washington 28 - Converting on third downs had been a sore spot at Penn State, so coach James Franklin made it a point of emphasis in spring ball and fall camp. The Nittany Lions kept working at it during the season and kept getting better, peaking at the perfect time. Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and had both of his touchdown passes to DaeSean Hamilton on third-down plays, helping Penn State outlast Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. RECAP

CAPITAL ONE ORANGE BOWL: Wisconsin 34, Miami 24 - Alex Hornibrook's first pass of the night was a wobbler, one that seemed to slip out of his hand. Nearly everything else he threw was just about perfect. Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three to Danny Davis, and Wisconsin capped off the winningest season in school history by topping Miami 34-24 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night. Jonathan Taylor ran for 130 yards on 26 carries for the Badgers (13-1), who rallied from an early 14-3 deficit. Taylor finished the year with an FBS-freshman-record 1,977 yards. RECAP


FRIDAY, DEC. 29

GOODYEAR COTTON BOWL CLASSIC: Ohio State 24, USC 7 - Damon Webb returned an interception for a touchdown after recovering a fumble to set up an early score and the Buckeyes beat Southern California 24-7 on Friday night in a matchup that traditionally has been in the Rose Bowl instead of deep in the heart of Texas. The Big Ten and Pac-12 champions would usually play New Year's Day in Pasadena, but the Rose Bowl is a College Football Playoff semifinal game this season. Ohio State (12-2) instead quickly settled in at the NFL stadium where three years ago it won the first national championship in the four-team CFP format. RECAP

FRANKLIN AMERICAN MORTGAGE MUSIC CITY BOWL: Northwestern 24, Kentucky 23 - Northwestern broke up Kentucky's late 2-point conversion attempt and held off Kentucky 24-23 on Friday in the Music City Bowl. Justin Jackson ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns as Northwestern (10-3) finished off back-to-back bowl wins in consecutive years for the first time in program history. The Wildcats notched their second 10-win season in three years and third in six under Fitzgerald. The senior class also won its 27th game for the best stretch in more than a decade. RECAP


THURSDAY, DEC. 28

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION HOLIDAY BOWL: Michigan State 42, Washington State 17 - Brian Lewerke threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns, and LJ Scott ran for 110 yards and two scores for Michigan State, which routed Washington State 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl on Thursday night. Lewerke also rushed for 73 yards for Michigan State (10-3), which reached double digits in wins for the eighth time in program history. Lewerke threw the first of two TD passes to Cody White, a 7-yarder midway through the second quarter, when he was flushed to the left but found the receiver in the back of the end zone. RECAP


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 27

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL: Iowa 27, Boston College 20 - Akrum Wadley had never been to Yankee Stadium, even though he grew up about 20 miles across the river in New Jersey. On his first visit, he seemed to bring out all of Newark to cheer him on. He had all his fans in New Jersey to the ones freezing inside Yankee Stadium to the black-and-gold faithful in Iowa that packed bars roaring in approval: Wadley's homecoming ended with an MVP trophy that helped put the Hawkeyes' bowl misery on ice. Wadley rushed, received and returned in dazzling fashion on a frozen field and Iowa beat Boston College 27-20 in the frigid Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday night to snap a five-game bowl losing streak. RECAP

FOSTER FARMS BOWL: Purdue 38, Arizona 35 - Elijah Sindelar threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Mahoungou with 1:44 remaining and Purdue capped coach Jeff Brohm's first season in dramatic style with a 38-35 victory over Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday night. The Boilermakers (7-6) had squandered a 17-point halftime lead when Khalil Tate threw his fifth TD pass with 3:21 remaining to give the Wildcats (7-6) the lead. But Sindelar responded with a 75-yard drive that ended with the deep throw into the end zone to Mahoungou. Sindelar threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns, with Mahoungou (118 yards) and Gregory Phillips (149) each topping the 100-yard mark and catching two TD passes. RECAP