College Football Bowl Game Capsules

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Updated: December 29, 2013

Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Tommy Rees threw for 319 yards and Kyle
Brindza kicked five field goals to help 25th-ranked Notre Dame claim a 29-16
win over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl from Yankee Stadium. Three of Brindza’s
makes came during a second half in which the Fighting Irish outscored the
Scarlet Knights by a 16-3 count to prevail and wrap up a mildly disappointing
2013 season on a good note. Rees completed 27-of-47 passes in a turnover-
free effort in the senior quarterback’s final collegiate game. Tarean
Folston and T.J. Jones added rushing touchdowns for Notre Dame (9-4), with
Cam McDaniel churning out 80 of the Irish’s 175 yards on the ground on 17
carries. Notre Dame also intercepted Chaz Dodd three times that contributed
to Rutgers (6-7) losing for a sixth time in seven games following a 4-1 start.
Dodd finished just 10-of-28 for 156 yards with a touchdown pass to Brandon
Coleman, who had 65 yards on a pair of catches.

Final Score: North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17

Charlotte, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Freshman Ryan Switzer tied the NCAA
single-season record with his fifth punt return for a touchdown, and the North
Carolina Tar Heels posted a 39-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the
Belk Bowl. Switzer matched the mark Chad Owens set with Hawaii in
2004 with an electrifying 86-yard run in the third quarter, one of two
special teams touchdowns by North Carolina. Romar Morris had two rushing
touchdowns for the Tar Heels (7-6), who had lost their three previous
appearances in this Charlotte-based bowl game when it was formerly known as
the Continental Tire Bowl (2004) and the Meineke Car Care Bowl (2008-09).
Marquise Williams was 19-of-33 for 171 yards with one touchdown pass and added
46 yards on the ground. Brendon Kay finished with 181 yards and one
interception on 15-of-35 passing for Cincinnati (9-4).

Final Score: Kansas State 31, Michigan 14

Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) – During a team meeting earlier in the week,
Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder requested everyone in the room who had won
a bowl game to raise their hands. Nobody did. Those hands can go up now. Jake
Waters tossed three touchdown passes to Tyler Lockett and Kansas State
earned its first bowl win in 11 years following a 31-14 pasting of Devin
Gardner-less Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. The Wildcats had lost
all five of their postseason games since beating Arizona State in the 2002
Holiday Bowl, including the Cotton and Fiesta Bowl the last two years. Waters
and Lockett hooked up for scores on each of Kansas State’s (8-5) first three
drives to help the Wildcats jump out to a comfortable lead. They never looked
back. Lockett caught 10 passes for 116 yards, John Hubert carried the ball 16
times for 80 yards and a touchdown and Waters was 21-of-27 for 271 yards
in the triumph. After losing several key assets to last year’s Big 12-
winning squad — including Heisman finalist quarterback Collin Klein and
linebacker Arthur Brown — a bowl appearance appeared bleak following a 2-4
start that included a season-opening loss to FCS member North Dakota State.
The Wildcats, though, turned the year around by winning five of their last six
tilts to earn a bowl bid. True freshman Shane Morris, filling in for
Gardner, who was nursing a foot injury, completed 24-of-38 passes for 196
yards with an interception for Michigan (7-6), which began the season 5-0
before losing six of its last eight to close the campaign. Morris had thrown
just nine passes, all in mop-up duty, coming into the tilt.