Winning record snapped...Iowa takes Outback...Bruins take Winter Classic
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There will be no self-proclaimed national championship for Central Florida this year. LSU snapped UCF’s 25-game winning streak with a 40-32 victory at the Fiesta Bowl, with Joe Burrow dissecting the Knights’ secondary for 394 yards passing and four touchdowns. The seventh-ranked Knights entered as one of only three remaining unbeaten teams. The others are No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson, who meet for the national title next Monday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Safety Jake Gervase made an interception in the end zone to help preserve a late lead, and ball-hawking Iowa Hawkeyes beat No. 18 Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl 27-22. Gervase also batted down an errant fourth-down pass to end the Bulldogs’ final drive at the Iowa 32 with 25 seconds left. Two earlier Mississippi State threats in the fourth quarter led to only three points.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Benny Snell Jr. ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns to become Kentucky’s career rushing leader and lead the 16th-ranked Wildcats to a 27-24 victory over No. 13 Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. Snell scored on runs of 2 and 12 yards in the second half, then carried for a couple of crucial first downs to help Kentucky run out the clock. Penn State’s Trace McSorley had trimmed a 27-7 deficit to three points despite playing with a foot injury.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Ohio State has drawn first blood in the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes scored on a passing play in the first quarter. They’re ranked number 6, the Huskies number 9.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist, Tuukka Rask made 36 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame. Patrice Bergeron, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand also scored as Boston won for the second time in three appearances in the NHL’s annual outdoor game on New Year’s Day. The Bruins went 2 for 5 with the man advantage and killed off each of the Blackhawks’ four power plays.