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Oklahoma State seize Fiesta Bowl

OUT OF LUCK:Stanford had their fate determined by the leg of their kicker, who blew two crucial field goals, and not the arm of highly touted quarterback Andrew Luck

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The Oregon Ducks celebrate after scoring a touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Monday.

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Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns, while Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Stanford in college football’s Fiesta Bowl on Monday.

The teams put on an impressive offensive show in the most anticipated postseason game outside the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title matchup between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama.

Stanford (11-2) had a chance to win in regulation, but Jordan Williamson hooked a 35-yard field goal wide left as time expired. He also missed from 43 yards in overtime.

Oklahoma State (12-1) had just 15 yards rushing on 13 carries, but Weeden made up for it, completing 29 of 42 passes and the three scores to Justin Blackmon, who had eight catches for 186 yards.

It was Oklahoma State’s first win in a BCS bowl game.


Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38

In Pasadena, California, Darron Thomas passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns, while freshman De’Anthony Thomas scored on runs of 91 and 64 yards to lead Oregon past Wisconsin in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played.

The Ducks (12-2) got their first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years and their first postseason win under coach Chip Kelly, who has led the team to three straight bowl appearances.

Lavasier Tuinei caught eight passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks, who racked up 621 total yards, just shy of the Rose Bowl record.

Montee Ball rushed for 122 of his 164 yards in the first half for the Badgers (11-3), who lost the Rose Bowl for the second straight year despite managing 508 yards of their own.

The 83 total points scored surpassed the previous record of 80 set by Washington and Iowa in 1991.


Michigan State 33, Georgia 30

In Tampa, Florida, Kirk Cousins threw for 300 yards and a touchdown, while Dan Conroy kicked a 28-yard field goal in the third overtime to lead Michigan State past Georgia in the Outback Bowl.

Georgia missed an opportunity to send the game to a fourth overtime when Blair Walsh’s 47-yard field goal attempt was blocked on the final play of the game.

Michigan State (11-3) ended a five-game bowl losing streak with their first win since the Silicon Valley Bowl in 2001.

Georgia (10-4) finished the season on a two-game losing streak, including a lopsided loss to top-ranked LSU in the Southeastern Conference championship game.


Florida 24, Ohio State 17

In Jacksonville, Florida, Andre Debose returned a kickoff 99 yards — the longest scoring play in bowl history — while Chris Rainey blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown as Florida beat Ohio State in the Gator Bowl.

The speedsters helped the Gators (7-6) avoid their first losing season since 1979 and pick up some much-needed momentum after losing six of their previous eight games.

Ohio State (6-7) lost four in a row to end the season and finished below .500 for the first time since 1986.

The game pitted former Florida coach Urban Meyer’s old team against his new one.

Meyer won two national championships with Florida before resigning at the end of last season. He was hired to take over at Ohio State last month and officially starts this week.


South Carolina 30, Nebraska 13

In Orlando, Florida, Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes and South Carolina’s defense had six sacks as the Gamecocks dominated Nebraska over the final three quarters to win the Capital One Bowl.

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