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Roses for Michigan State: College bowl round-up

PASADENA, Calif. — Michigan State took control with its rugged defense and beat Stanford 24-20 Wednesday in the 100th Rose Bowl.

The Spartans broke a fourth-quarter tie on a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Connor Cook to wide receiver Tony Lippett.

Stanford pulled within four points on Jordan Williamson's 39-yard field goal with 4:15 to play. The Cardinal's last chance ended when fullback Ryan Hewitt was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1 at the Stanford 34-yard line with 1:43 remaining.

Fourth-ranked Michigan State, a touchdown underdog, held fifth-ranked Stanford to 159 yards the final three quarters, 305 yards in all.

The Spartans came back from a 10-0 first-quarter deficit and finished the reason 13-2, the only defeat by four points against Notre Dame.

Cook, completing 22 of 36 passes for 332 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, was selected the offensive player of the game. Kyler Elsworth, who replaced the suspended Max Bullough at linebacker and made a key stop on fourth-and-1 with 1:23 remaining, was chosen the game's top defensive player.

Nebraska 24,

No. 24 Georgia 19

Tommy Armstrong Jr. found Quincy Enunwa down the left sideline for a bowl-record 99-yard touchdown as the Cornhuskers held on to defeat the Bulldogs in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

Enunwa had four receptions for 129 yards and scored twice while Ameer Abdullah rushed for 122 yards and another score for Nebraska (9-4), which avenged a New Year's Day loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl last season. Armstrong went 6-of-14 for 163 yards, helping coach Bo Pelini extend his streak of nine-win seasons to six.

South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24

Connor Shaw passed for 312 yards and three touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and added a score on the ground in his final college game as the Gamecocks knocked off the Badgers in the Capital One Bowl at Orlando, Fla.

Shaw completed 22-of-25 passes while Bruce Ellington racked up 140 receiving yards and a pair of scores for South Carolina (11-2), which clinched a third straight 11-win season. Ellington threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Shaw and Shaq Roland caught six passes for 112 yards for the Gamecocks.

Joel Stave went 9-for-13 for 80 yards and two scores before leaving in the third quarter with a shoulder injury, and backup Curt Phillips was intercepted twice in relief for Wisconsin (9-4). Melvin Gordon ran for 143 yards and James White added 107 on the ground for the Badgers.

LSU 21, Iowa 14

LSU got a strong game from its defense and 216 yards from running back Jeremy Hill in a 21-14 victory over Iowa in Wednesday's Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

Hill put the game away in the final minutes with runs of 28, 20 and 37 yards, the last a touchdown to cap a 92-yard drive that gave the Tigers a 21-7 lead.

Held to 165 yards of total offense with 10 minutes remaining, Iowa had a chance to tie in the fourth quarter after freshman quarterback C.J. Beathard connected with tight end Jake Duzey for a 35-yard gain to the LSU 25. Facing a fourth-and-1 at the 16, Iowa called a rollout for Beathard, whose pass was intercepted by LSU safety Craig Loston with 5:04 remaining.