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Big Ten bowl recap

  • January 1, 2013 - 8:20 PM

BIG TEN BOWL WATCH

The Big Ten sent seven teams to bowl games and finished with a 2-5 record. A look at the results:

Rose: Stanford 20, Wisconsin 14

Capital One: Georgia 45, Nebraska 31

Outback: South Carolina 33, Michigan 28

Gator: Northwestern 31, Mississippi State 20

Buffalo Wild Wings: Michigan State 17, TCU 16

Meineke Car Care: Texas Tech 34, Gophers 31

Heart of Dallas: Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14

BIG TEN BOWL STARS

PASSING MVP

Devin Gardner, Michigan

The junior passed for 214 yards and three TDs with one interception as the Wolverines lost 33-28 to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.

RUSHING MVP

Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State

He rallied the Spartans from a 13-0 deficit to 17-16 victory over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl by rushing 32 times for 145 yards and a TD.

RECEIVING MVP

Jeremy Gallon

The junior helped Michigan stay close to South Carolina, catching nine passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

BY THE NUMBERS

83

Career touchdowns for Wisconsin's senior running back Montee Ball, an NCAA record.

4

Interceptions by Northwestern against Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell in the Gator Bowl. Russell had thrown only six interceptions in his first 11 games this season.

524

Yards surrendered by Purdue in its 58-14 loss to Oklahoma State in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

10,769

Yards of total offense for Michigan senior quarterback/running back Denard Robinson in his Wolverines career. He finished with 49 touchdown passes and 42 TD runs.

THE QUOTE

"This one goes to all the Wildcats that have been here before us. They've paved the way for us. ... The sky is the limit for where our program can go. ... We might not be putting the Big Ten championship trophy in our case, but we took a big step forward in accomplishing that mission today."

--Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern coach, after the Wildcats ended a nine-game bowl losing streak

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