Sports News-January 2, 2013

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Aaron Murray threw five touchdown passes to set a Georgia bowl record, including two in the fourth quarter, as the BCS seventh-ranked Bulldogs beat 16th ranked Nebraska 45-31 in the Capital One Bowl yesterday.  Murray shook off a pair of first-half interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and passed for 427 yards.  He also set a Georgia bowl record, against the nation's top-ranked passing defense.  The Bulldogs reached twelve wins for the third time in school history.  The Cornhuskers lost its third consecutive bowl game, and finished the season with two straight woeful defensive performances.  Nebraska lost the Big Ten championship game 70-31.  The Cornhuskers led 24-23 at the half, but committed two of their three turnovers in the final 30 minutes.  N-U running back Rex Burkhead ran for 140 yards off 24 carries and a score.  He also caught a touchdown pass.  Teammate quarterback Taylor Martinez was 16-27 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ran for 46 yards.  Georgia running back Todd Gurley ran for 125 yards off 23 carries and a score.  Teammates Chris Conley & Tavarres King both had over 100 receiving yards.  The Bulldogs outgained Nebraska in yardage 589-443.  Georgia finishes 12-2 while the Cornhuskers end their campaign at 10-4.

Lonnie Pryor turned five carries into a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead BCS twelfth ranked Florida State to a 31-10 pounding of 15th ranked Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl.  Sixth-ranked Stanford won the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1972 as Stepfan Taylor and Kevin Hogan combined for 212 rushing yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 win over Wisconsin.

Dylan Thompson came off the bench to throw a 32-yard touchdown pass with eleven seconds left to rally BCS tenth-ranked South Carolina past 18th ranked Michigan 33-28 in the Outback Bowl.  20th ranked Northwestern earned its first bowl victory in ten tries since the 1949 Rose Bowl as the Wildcats scored twice on interceptions in a 34-20 triumph over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl.  Clint Chelf threw three of Oklahoma State's five touchdown passes in a 58-14 rout of Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Local Schedule:  Creighton at Illinois St. At Normal, IL (MBB-7:05); Nebraska at Ohio St. At Columbus, OH (MBB-5:30); Wisconsin at Nebraska (WBB-7:05).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Mandi Uecker of the Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball team. 

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Dallas                103    Washington          94
      Final    Portland            105    New  York            100
      Final    Detroit              103    Sacramento          97
      Final    Atlanta                95    New  Orleans        86
      Final    Denver                  92    L-A  Clippers      78
      Final    Philadelphia    103    L-A  Lakers          99
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (24)  Texas  A&M      80    Rice      57

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