Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, as No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin, 34-24, on Wednesday in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando.
The senior was selected the game’s MVP after picking apart the Badgers’ defense, completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. Shaw ran for a touchdown and also caught a pass for another score.
The game also turned out to be the final college contest for Gamecocks star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who said afterward he would forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl game to cap its third straight 11-win season. Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
The Badgers (9-4) lost their fourth straight bowl game, failing to capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White and struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. Backup Curt Phillips threw two interceptions.
● NEBRASKA 24, GEORGIA 19: Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa for two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the third quarter, and the Cornhuskers held on to beat the No. 23 Bulldogs in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.
Playing in its 50th bowl, Nebraska (9-4) ended a four-game losing streak against teams from the Southeastern Conference.
Todd Gurley ran for 86 yards for Georgia and caught seven passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. His 25-yard scoring receptions on the first play of the fourth quarter cut Nebraska’s lead to 24-19.
But the Huskers stopped the Bulldogs (8-5) twice on fourth down in the closing minutes. Rantavious Wooten and Arthur Lynch dropped fourth-down passes that ended drives in the red zone.
● LSU 21, IOWA 14: Jeremy Hill ran for 216 yards and two touchdowns, helping the No. 14 Tigers hold off the Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.
Craig Loston’s fourth-quarter interception stopped a potential tying drive, giving Hill a chance to put the game out of reach by carrying four times for 87 yards on a 92-yard march that gave LSU (10-3) a 21-7 lead.
Iowa (8-5) pulled within a touchdown after Jordan Cotton returned the ensuing kickoff to the LSU 4.
Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings rushed for one touchdown, but the freshman threw for only 82 yards and was intercepted once and sacked four times while standing in for the injured Zach Mettenberger in his first college start.
C.J. Beathard replaced Jake Rudock at quarterback for Iowa on the first play of the fourth quarter. His fourth-down interception stopped one drive, but he also tossed a four-yard touchdown pass to Kevonte Martin-Manley that cut it 21-14 with 1 minute 42 seconds remaining.
Safety John Lowdermilk set up Iowa’s other score — Mark Weisman’s two-yard run in the third quarter — with an interception and 71-yard return to the 1.
● NORTH TEXAS 36, UNLV 14: In Dallas, Derek Thompson threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns, Brelan Chancellor scored twice and the Mean Green (9-4) dominated the second half of the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Both of Chancellor’s touchdown runs came in the fourth quarter after he keyed the go-ahead scoring drive in the third with some nifty footwork on a first-down catch. He had 121 yards combined rushing and receiving.
The Rebels (7-6) drove 95 yards for a touchdown on their opening possession but didn’t score again until the fourth quarter.