All seven bowl games featuring Big Ten teams are in the books. The Big Ten faced off against three Big 12 teams, three SEC teams, and one Pac-12 team this bowl season. The Big Ten finished 2-5 as a conference in bowl games this year.
Here’s how the Big Ten did in their respective bowl games.
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas – Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31: The Minnesota Golden Gophers played a tough game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but fell 34-31. D.J. Johnson intercepted a ball in the fourth quarter to set the Red Raiders up for a 28-yard field goal to win the game as time expired. Minnesota finished the season at 6-7.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl – Michigan State 17, TCU 16: The Michigan State Spartans played a hard-fought game against the favorite TCU Horned Frogs. The Spartans struggled in the first half on offense, but got it together in the second half. Le’Veon Bell ran for 145 yards and a touchdown as MSU kicked a go-ahead field goal with 1:01 to go in the fourth quarter to beat the Horned Frogs. Michigan State finished the season at 7-6.
Gator Bowl – (20) Northwestern 34, Mississippi State 20: On January 1st, the Northwestern Wildcats won their first bowl game since 1949 against Mississippi State. The Wildcats dominated on defense and forced Tyler Russell to throw four interceptions in the game (had only thrown six all season). Northwestern finished the season at 10-3.
Heart of Dallas Bowl – Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14: The Purdue Boilermakers were completely dominated by Oklahoma State, 58-14. Clint Chelf threw three touchdowns in the blowout victory for the Cowboys. Purdue finished the season at 6-7.
Outback Bowl – (10) South Carolina 33, (18)Michigan 28: Michigan played well in the Outback Bowl. This bowl game contained a very questionable call after the Wolverines got a first down after obviously coming up short on a fake punt attempt. However, Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina rang the bell of Vincent Smith on the next play to force a fumble and give them the ball. Michigan finished the season at 8-5.
Capital One Bowl – (7) Georgia (11-2) 45, (16) Nebraska 31: The Georgia Bulldogs were on a mission to prove that they deserved a better bowl game. However, Nebraska was out to prove that they were a better team than the one the showed up to the Big Ten Championship game. The game was close throughout, but the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half. Aaron Murray threw five touchdowns for Georgia to get the victory. Nebraska finished the season at 10-4.
Rose Bowl (BCS) – (6) Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14: Stanford and Wisconsin both played well in the “Grand Daddy of them all,” but only one team could win. The teams entered the halftime locker rooms with a 17-14 Stanford lead. However, the Cardinal would buckle down from there and get the win over the Badgers. Wisconsin finished the season at 8-6.
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