Big Ten impresses in bowl season

 

The Big Ten went a combined 7-1 this bowl season, a big jump from last season when the conference went 3-7.

The only loss for the conference came in the last bowl game with a Big Ten team. South Carolina eked out a 26-19 victory over Michigan on New Year’s Day in the Outback Bowl. Both teams were outside of the top 25.

In the first Big Ten bowl, Iowa beat Boston College, 27-20. Iowa running back Akrum Wadley had a big day, rushing for 88 yards and a touchdown.

The next game for the big ten was the Foster Farms Bowl, where Purdue beat Arizona, 38-35. Boilermakers quarterback Elijah Sindelar, who was playing hurt, threw four touchdowns and accumulated almost 400 yards through the air.

In game number three, Michigan State crushed Washington State, winning by a score of 42-17. The Spartans used a great performance from QB Brian Lewerke, throwing for 213 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In the next Big Ten contest, Northwestern beat Kentucky 24-23 in a crazy game. Read the full article here.

Then came the Cotton Bowl, where Ohio State faced off against USC. In a game many expected the Trojans to win, the Buckeyes buckled down on defense, only allowing one score. On offense OSU QB J.T. Barrett ran for two touchdowns. The final score was 24-7.

The Fiesta Bowl was next, where Penn State took down Washington 35-28. The Nittany Lions used two touchdowns apiece from QB Trace McSorley and RB Saquon Barkley, as well as another score from backup RB Miles Sanders. RB Myles Gaskin had two touchdowns for Washington.

The last Big Ten victory came in The Orange Bowl where number six Wisconsin took down the eleventh ranked Miami Hurricanes, 34-24. Alex Hornibrook, the Wisconsin QB threw four touchdowns, three of them caught by receiver Danny Davis III.

In the Big Ten’s only defeat, a 26-19 loss by Michigan at the hands of South Carolina, the Gamecocks used 10 unanswered points in the final period to sneak by Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. South Carolina QB Jake Bentley threw for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns.

When the final game ended in the Big Ten’s postseason, they had beaten three of the top 12 teams in the nation and four in the top 25.

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