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New Year's Day Bowl Summary
Outback Bowl - Auburn 38, Northwestern 35

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Wes Byrum kicked a 21-yard field goal in overtime and Auburn stopped Northwestern's final trick play of the game to hold on Friday for a 38-35 victory in the Outback Bowl.

The Tigers intercepted Mike Kafka five times, twice in the end zone, and shut down a fake field-goal play to end Northwestern's gallant bid to end a 61-year stretch of postseason futility.

Kafka threw for a career-best 532 yards four touchdowns. He rallied Northwestern from a 14-point deficit in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, and the Wildcats wasted a chance to win it in regulation.

Auburn (8-5) finished its first season under Gene Chizik with the second-most wins by a first-year coach in school history. Only Terry Bowden, who went 11-0 in 1993, produced more wins in his initial season on the job.

Northwestern (8-5) fell to 1-7 all-time in postseason games.

Capital One Bowl - No. 11 Penn State 19, No. 13 LSU 17

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Collin Wagner kicked a 21-yard field goal with 57 seconds left to lift No. 11 Penn State to a 19-17 win over No. 13 LSU in a sloppy Capital One Bowl.

The Nittany Lions (11-2) gave up a 13-point lead in the second half after Stevan Ridley's 1-yard touchdown run put LSU (9-4) ahead 17-16 with 12:49 left.

But quarterback Daryll Clark led the Nittany Lions on the game-winning, 12-play drive in crunch time. Penn State had two critical third-down conversions to help set up Wagner's game-winner, one of four field goals on the day for kicker.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno got his record 24th bowl win and handed Les Miles his first loss in five bowls as LSU coach.

A driving rainstorm at the start of the game made the field a muddy mess.

Gator Bowl - Florida State 33, No. 18 West Virginia 21

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Bobby Bowden watched the clock run down to :00, then took his last walk to midfield as the Florida State Seminoles jumped up and down, thrusting their helmets into the air.

The coach went out a winner.

Jermaine Thomas ran for two touchdowns, Florida State scored 20 straight points to take control and the Seminoles knocked off No. 18 West Virginia 33-21 in the final game of Bowden's storied 44-year career as a head coach.

Bowden finished with a 389-129-4 record, and most importantly to him, a 33rd consecutive winning season. Next week, Jimbo Fisher takes over at Florida State, which finished 7-6 for the third time in the last four years.

That run of mediocrity was the 80-year old Bowden's downfall, he wanted to stay at least one more season, but on this day, none of that mattered to the Florida State faithful, which serenaded him with "Bob-by! Bob-by!" chants throughout the day, saving their loudest cries for the very end.

Rose Bowl - No. 8 Ohio St. 26, No. 7 Oregon 17

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Ohio State's bowl woes are over, thanks to a sturdy defense and a quarterback who finally played up to his enormous potential.

Terrelle Pryor passed for a season-high 266 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for 72 more and threw a 17-yard scoring pass to DeVier Posey with 7:02 to play, ending the No. 8 Buckeyes' three-game BCS skid with a 26-17 victory over No. 7 Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Friday.

Posey had eight catches for 101 yards, and Brandon Saine caught an early TD pass for the Buckeyes (11-2), who put together a remarkably fluid offensive performance in their first trip to Pasadena since 1997.

Ohio State's defense did much of the work, largely reducing the Ducks' high-flying, no-huddle offense to ineffectiveness. Jeremiah Masoli passed for just 81 yards, while LaMichael James rushed for 70, but a series of big plays and kick returns by Kenjon Barner kept the 96th Rose Bowl close until Pryor took control of the final minutes.

Oregon (10-3) made a remarkable comeback from its season-opening loss to Boise State, but it hasn't won the Rose Bowl since the game's third edition in 1917, back when the Granddaddy of Them All was a toddler.

Sugar Bowl - No. 5 Florida 51, No. 4 Cincinnati 24

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Tim Tebow rose above all the distractions caused by coach Urban Meyer's uncertain future and capped a storied college career with his finest performance.

It was the best in BCS history, too.

Tebow threw for a career-high 482 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 51 yards and another score, and fifth-ranked Florida overwhelmed No. 4 Cincinnati 51-24 Friday night in the Sugar Bowl.

For Tebow and the Gators (13-1), this certainly was The Big Easy.

Florida's most anticipated season ever ended in New Orleans instead of Pasadena. It came against Cincinnati (13-1) instead of Texas. It was about redemption instead of perfection.

None of that mattered in the Louisiana Superdome.

Tebow wouldn't let it.

He finished with 533 total yards, more than anyone in Bowl Championship Series history.

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