Bowl roundup: Iowa rallied for Outback Bowl win
TAMPA, Fla. -- Nate Stanley threw three touchdown passes Tuesday, Jan. 1, and Jake Gervase came up with a key interception as Iowa upset No. 18 Mississippi State 27-22 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
Stanley, who completed 21 of 31 attempts for 214 yards with an interception, was the Hawkeyes' entire offense. Their running game was completely shut down, going backwards for minus-15 yards on 20 carries. Iowa (9-4) managed just 199 total yards and went 1 of 11 on third-down conversions.
But it was enough to subdue the Bulldogs (8-5), who at times were their worst enemy as they made a barrage of mistakes. Mississippi State was penalized eight times for 90 yards -- the Hawkeyes weren't flagged all day -- and also committed three turnovers.
The biggest turnover came with just under nine minutes left remaining. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald hit Stephen Guidry right in the hands on a post pattern about 3 yards deep in the end zone for a potential go-ahead score.
But Guidry bobbled the ball right into the arms of Gervase, whose 28-yard return set the stage for a drive that led to a 40-yard field goal by Miguel Recinos with 5:51 left.
The Bulldogs' last drive ended with 25 seconds remaining as a fourth-and-5 pass from Fitzgerald over the middle was knocked away from Farrod Green by Gervase.
Citrus Bowl: No. 14 Kentucky 27, No. 12 Penn State 24
ORLANDO, Fla. -- No. 14 Kentucky reached 10 wins for only the third time in program history with a 27-24 over No. 12 Penn State in the VRBO Citrus Bowl.
Benny Snell Jr. rushed for 144 yards on 26 carries and scored two touchdowns to pace the Wildcats (10-3). Receiver Lynn Bowden ran a punt back 58 yards for a score late in the first period and also caught five passes for 84 yards.
Trace McSorley completed 17 of 33 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns against one interception for Penn State (9-4). McSorley also rushed the ball 19 times for 75 yards and a touchdown while limping on a reported broken foot.
Snell's 12-yard scoring run late in the third period broke Kentucky's all-time rushing record and gave the Wildcats a 27-7 lead. Snell (3,873) surpassed the mark set by Sonny Collins (3,835 yards from 1972-75).
The Nittany Lions rallied behind star McSorley despite his injured foot. Penn State scored 17 straight points in the fourth quarter as McSorley rushed for a 1-yard score and tossed an 18-yard scoring pass to Pat Freiermuth in the quarter's first six minutes.
Jake Pinegar tacked on a 32-yard field goal to pull Penn State within 27-24 with 4:12 to play.
But Snell put the Wildcats on his back from there. He carried the ball eight straight times for 28 yards and two crucial first downs to end Penn State's comeback hopes.
Fiesta Bowl: No. 11 LSU 40, No. 8 UCF's 32
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Joe Burrow threw four touchdown passes as No. 11 LSU defeated No. 8 Central Florida 40-32 in the Fiesta Bowl, ending the nation's longest active winning streak at 25 games.
Burrow, a junior transfer from Ohio State, completed 21 of 34 passes for 394 yards, overcoming an early pick-six and a brutal hit sustained as he was blocked during the run-back.
He threw scoring passes of 22 and 33 yards to Justin Jefferson, 49 yards to Derrick Dillon and 32 yards to Ja'Marr Chase.
Cole Tracy added four field goals as the graduate transfer broke the school record for field goals in a season with 29.
Darriel Mack Jr., starting after for two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Year McKenzie Milton suffered a severe knee injury last month, completed just 11 of 30 passes for 97 yards for UCF (12-1), which was seeking its second consecutive undefeated season.
LSU (10-3) led by three at halftime behind three Burrow touchdown passes, then extended its lead when Burrow and Chase teamed for their score on the first possession of the third quarter.
The teams then traded field goals, leaving the Tigers with a 34-24 lead after three quarters.
Tracy added two more field goals in the fourth quarter for the LSU record.
Rose Bowl: No. 6 Ohio State 28, No. 9 Washington 23
PASADENA, Calif. -- Dwayne Haskins passed for three first-half touchdowns, and No. 6 Ohio State held off a late rally to defeat No. 9 Washington 28-23 in the Rose Bowl.
Haskins, a Heisman finalist, completed 25 of 37 passes for 251 yards for the Buckeyes (13-1), who were playing their final game under Urban Meyer. The coach announced last month he would retire after the bowl game because of health reasons.
Jake Browning completed 35 of 54 passes for 313 yards for the Huskies (10-4), who rallied after trailing 28-3 entering the fourth quarter.
Washington senior Myles Gaskin rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries, and he joined former Wisconsin star Ron Dayne as the only Football Bowl Subdivision players with four 1,200-yard rushing seasons. Gaskin finished with 1,268 rushing yards this season and 5,323 for his college career.
Gaskin accounted for all three Washington touchdowns in the final quarter. He threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Drew Sample on a fourth-and-goal play out of the Wildcat formation and later rushed for 1- and 2-yard scores.