Rose Bowl: Ohio State 26, Oregon 17Ohio 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 35Auburn 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. But with regular kicker Stefan Demos on the sideline after being injured earlier in the overtime, Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald had no intention of trying to tie the score. Markshausen took a handoff between the legs from holder Dan Persa and circled right end to try to win the game. Auburn’s Neiko Thorpe stopped him after a 3-yard gain to the 2.
Capital One Bowl: Penn State 19, LSU 17After a sloppy start on a muddy field, Penn State finished with a flourish to win the Capital One Bowl. Collin Wagner kicked a 21-yard field goal with 57 seconds left, and the No. 11 Nittany Lions staved off a last-ditch drive by No. 13 LSU for a 19-17 victory in Orlando, Fla. Penn State coach Joe Paterno got his record 24th bowl win and handed Les Miles his first loss in five bowls as LSU coach. This game will be remembered as much for the messy beginning as the dramatic finish. A driving rainstorm at the start of the game made parts of the field look like a mosh pit. Bad footing and dropped passes were normal in the first half, and Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark fumbled the snap exchange twice — both recovered by the Lions. "That was by far the worst field conditions I’ve ever seen in my life. For them to say this is the best bowl outside the BCS, I would expect to play on the best field outside the BCS,” said LSU receiver Brandon LaFell. The teams combined for 15 punts — breaking the bowl record of 10 set by Miami, Ohio and Florida in 1973.