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Bowl roundup: Ohio State wins Rose Bowl; Auburn outlasts Northwestern

From Wire Reports Modified: January 2, 2010 at 12:24 am •  Published: January 2, 2010
Rose Bowl: Ohio State 26, Oregon 17
Ohio State’s bowl woes are over, thanks to a sturdy defense and a quarterback who finally played up to his enormous potential.

Terrelle Pryor passed for a season-high 266 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 72 more and threw a 17-yard scoring pass to DeVier Posey with 7:02 to play, ending the No. 8 Buckeyes’ three-game BCS skid with a 26-17 victory over No. 7 Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Friday in Pasadena, Calif. Posey had eight catches for 101 yards, and Brandon Saine caught an early TD pass for the Buckeyes (11-2), who put together a remarkably fluid offensive performance in their first trip to Pasadena since 1997.

Ohio State’s defense did much of the work, largely reducing the Ducks’ high-flying, no-huddle offense to ineffectiveness. Jeremiah Masoli passed for just 81 yards, while LaMichael James rushed for 70 — but a series of big plays and kick returns by Kenjon Barner kept the 96th Rose Bowl close until Pryor took control of the final minutes.

Outback Bowl: Auburn 38, Northwestern 35
Auburn felt as if it had won the Outback Bowl four times, only to have two penalty flags and a replay review give Northwestern new life.

Wes Byrum kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime, and Auburn stopped Northwestern’s final trick play of the game to hold on for the win in Tampa, Fla.

"I don’t know that I’ve ever gone into a game with seven wins and come out with 10,” Tigers coach Gene Chizik said. "I’m exhausted.”

Imagine how Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka felt. He and teammate Zeke Markshausen were on the field for 115 plays — about 40 more than usual — and left a permanent mark on the Outback Bowl by contributing to 18 records.

Kafka attempted 78 passes and completed 47 of them for 532 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

On the game’s final play, the Wildcats sent backup kicker Steve Flaherty onto the field seemingly to try to force a second overtime.


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