College football: Kansas State beats Michigan to break bowl drought
TEMPE, Ariz. — Jake Waters threw for 271 yards and connected with Tyler Lockett on three touchdowns, leading Kansas State past Michigan 31-14 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl for its first bowl victory in 11 years.
Kansas State (8-5) scored on its first three possessions, all touchdown passes from Waters to Lockett, and its defense dominated Michigan to end a five-game bowl losing streak.
Lockett set a school record with 10 catches for 116 yards and Waters completed 21 of 27 passes, sending the Wildcats to their first bowl victory since the 2002 Holiday Bowl.
RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL
Louisville 36, Miami 9
ORLANDO, Fla. — Teddy Bridgewater threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score in No. 18 Louisville’s 36-9 victory over Miami on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Cardinals (12-1) spotted Miami (9-4) an early 2-0 lead, then dominated the rest of the way, racking up 554 total yards to the Hurricanes’ 174.
Bridgewater was 35 for 45 for career-high 447 yards. DeVante Parker had nine catches for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Louisville won its second straight bowl game for its second 12-win season.
No. 25 Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16
NEW YORK — Tommy Rees passed for 319 yards in his final college game, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals and Notre Dame muddled through victory over Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Fighting Irish (9-4) finished their follow-up season to last year’s run to the national championship game a long way from the BCS against a two-touchdown underdog trying to avoid a losing record.
North Carolina 39, Cincinnati 17
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — T.J. Logan returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Switzer scored on an 86-yard punt return to help North Carolina beat Cincinnati for its first Belk Bowl victory in four attempts.
Marquise Williams threw for 171 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (7-6) in their first bowl victory since 2010. Romar Morris scored on two short touchdown runs, and Jack Tabb caught a touchdown pass as the Tar Heels closed the season by winning six of their final seven games.