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|12/29/09 Bowl Game Summary
|EagleBank Bowl - UCLA 30, Temple 21
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Temple's first bowl game in 30 years was ruined by the UCLA Bruins.
Akeem Ayers returned an interception 2 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter and UCLA shut down Temple in the second half for a 30-21 victory in the EagleBank Bowl.
The Bruins (7-6) rallied from a 21-7 first-half deficit to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2006. That mini-slump by UCLA pales in comparison to the decades of futility endured by the Owls (9-4), whose only previous bowl appearances in school history were the inaugural Sugar Bowl in 1935 and the Garden State Bowl in 1979.
UCLA braved the freezing temperatures and a wind chill in the teens to overcome a sluggish start. Kevin Prince completed 16 of 31 passes for 221 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Champs Sports Bowl - No. 24 Wisconsin 20, No. 14 Miami 14
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- All that Miami speed was no match for the big, bad Badgers.
John Clay had 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns, powering No. 24 Wisconsin past 14th-ranked Miami 20-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl.
Clay ran through, over and around the Hurricanes to help the Badgers (10-3) earn their first victory over a ranked opponent this season and claim a big win for the Big Ten.
Scott Tolzien threw for 260 yards, and Montee Ball added 61 yards rushing for a Wisconsin team touted as too big and too slow for the dynamic Hurricanes.
Jacory Harris struggled before throwing a touchdown pass to Thearon Collier with 1:22 remaining for the Hurricanes, who then recovered the onside kick. But Harris threw incomplete on fourth down to end any hope of a comeback.
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