Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Shaw's five TDs lift Gamecocks

ORLANDO — Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, as No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday.

The senior went 22-of-25 for 312 yards and ran and caught touchdowns. South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl for its third straight 11-win season.

"I told the team before the game that we've faced every possible scenario we could possible face this season and that Wisconsin would be no different," said Shaw, who missed time this season with a shoulder injury. "I'm so glad the way we battled throughout. I couldn't be more proud."

The Badgers (9-4) lost their fourth straight bowl, failing to capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from Melvin Gordon and James White and losing quarterback Joel Stave to a shoulder injury in the third. Backup Curt Phillips was intercepted twice.

Down 17-13 in the third, the Gamecocks' Bruce Ellington reeled in a juggling catch on fourth and 7. Two plays later, he caught a 22-yard touchdown.

Shaw hit Jerrell Adams for a 3-yard touchdown that made it 27-17 with 11:05 left in the game. Wisconsin's Kenzel Doe returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. But Shaw went back to work. Pinned inside his 15, he capped a nine-play, 81-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.

"You kind of walk a fine line between being aggressive, getting after the quarterback and containing him," Badgers coach Gary Andersen said. "Our plan was to be aggressive. At times, we didn't get the pressure we should have, and at times, he was able to extend plays."

99-yard TD helps Nebraska beat Georgia

JACKSONVILLE — Tommy Armstrong hit Quincy Enunwa for two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder, and Nebraska held on to beat No. 23 Georgia 24-19 in the Gator Bowl.

The Cornhuskers (9-4) ended a four-game skid against SEC teams, including 45-31 to the Bulldogs (8-5) in last season's Capital One Bowl.

Up 17-12 in the third, the Cornhuskers faced third and 14 from their 1. Armstrong heaved the ball to Enunwa, who was open and streaking down the sideline around midfield. Safety Quincy Mauger bounced off of Enunwa, who coasted the rest of the way.

"It was … one of those calls where you don't have too many options out there, stuck on your own 1-yard line," Enunwa said. "Luckily, our coaches trust us as playmakers."

Up 24-19, the Cornhuskers stopped the Bulldogs twice. Rantavious Wooten and Arthur Lynch dropped fourth-down passes in the red zone.

"It's one of those things that you can never forget," Lynch said. "If I run that play 49 more times, I make the catch."

Heart of Dallas: Brelan Chan­cellor ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as North Texas (9-4) beat UNLV (7-6) 36-14. He also broke a tackle for a 17-yard catch on third and 16 on the third-quarter drive capped by Drew Miller's go-ahead touchdown catch.

Buckeye star suspended: Sophomore defensive end Noah Spence, who leads Ohio State with eight sacks, was suspended for three games by the Big Ten, including Friday's Orange Bowl. Neither the school nor conference disclosed the reason. But the Columbus Dispatch reported Spence took an unapproved dietary supplement.

Late Tuesday: Johnny Manziel, in likely his final game, threw four touchdowns and Toney Hurd returned an interception 55 yards for the go-ahead score with 3:33 left in No. 20 Texas A&M's 52-48 victory over No. 22 Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. Manziel, expected to declare for the draft, was 30-of-38 for 382 yards and ran for 73 yards and a touchdown for the Aggies (9-4). Duke (10-4) led 21-3 in the second quarter, 38-17 at halftime and 41-31 entering the fourth.

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