Northwestern ends bowl drought...Cowboys romp in Dallas


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Behind huge interceptions early and late, No. 21 Northwestern beat Mississippi State 34-20 in the Gator Bowl and snap college football's longest postseason losing streak. The 10-3 Wildcats won their first bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl.

DALLAS (AP) — Clint Chelf threw three of Oklahoma State's five touchdown passes and the Cowboys shook off a disappointing Big 12 finish by dominating Purdue 58-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. It was the biggest bowl win for Oklahoma State since coach Mike Gundy was the Cowboys' quarterback in a 62-14 rout of Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Granddaddy of postseason games gets under way later today in Pasadena, where 11-2 Stanford goes against 8-5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Stanford is trying to cap its Pac-12 championship season with its first victory in the Rose Bowl since 1972.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It's 10-2 South Carolina versus 8-4 Michigan playing in the Outback Bowl in Tampa. It's a good one with the Gamecocks and Wolverines tied at 31 in the second half.

UNDATED (AP) — The red-hot L.A. Clippers will be aiming for an 18th straight win tonight when they take on the Nuggets in Denver tonight. The Clippers start the New Year sporting an NBA best 25-6 record.

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