Thursday, January 2, 2003

OU rambles to Rose Bowl victory


Wolfpack, Wolverines roar; Texas rolls

The Associated Press

Oklahoma won its first Rose Bowl, upstart North Carolina State made another national statement, and Florida fans are asking themselves: "With coaches like this, who needs enemies?"

New Year's Day offered its traditional feast of college football to hungry fans, who still get to sink their teeth into today's Orange Bowl featuring Iowa and Southern California before Friday's main course: No. 1 Miami vs. No. 2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

A recap of Wednesday's action:

Penn State's Larry Johnson ended his college career with a dud, rushing for 72 yards as Penn State fell to Auburn 13-9 in the Capital One Bowl.

Notre Dame's resurgence suffered a setback at the hands of N.C. State, which beat the Irish 28-6 in the Gator Bowl.

In the Outback Bowl, Michigan's Chris Perry scored four touchdowns for the Wolverines, but Florida coach Ron Zook gets the headlines for a series of controversial play calls that helped doom the Gators, 38-30.

With help from Roy Williams, who scored two touchdowns, Texas' Chris Simms finally leaves the Cotton Bowl a winner, as the Longhorns beat LSU 35-20.

Oklahoma whipped Washington State 34-14 in the Rose Bowl, thanks in large part to its stingy defense. Cougar QB Jason Gesser was sacked six times.

The evening's last game saw Georgia prove they weren't satisfied just making it to the Sugar Bowl, as they stymied a shorthanded Florida State team for a 26-13 victory.




BENGALS / NFL
Which assistants stay depends on new coach
Browns' Holmes still the talk of the Steelers' locker room
Parcells tells ESPN he's heading to Dallas
Raiders' Gannon named MVP
NFL individual leaders

FIESTA BOWL
Daugherty: Awash in talent, Hurricanes amaze
Clarett flap overdone
UC coach saw early stardom in Tressel
Quiet New Year's Eve for Fiesta Bowl players
Buckeyes have history of coming up short
Miami's 20-year run worthy of dynasty status
McGahee, Clarett come long way to reach Fiesta Bowl
Winslow could give Miami a mismatch
Arizona legislators offered free Fiesta Bowl tickets
How Fiesta teams match up

OTHER BOWL GAMES
OU rambles to Rose Bowl victory
Capital One: Auburn 13, Penn St. 9
Cotton: Texas 35, LSU 20
Gator: North Carolina St. 28, Notre Dame 6
Outback: Michigan 38, Florida 30
Rose: Oklahoma 34, Washington St. 14
Sugar: Georgia 26, Florida State 13
Big Ten 4-1 in bowl games

XAVIER
Chalmers' injury ails No. 19 XU

UC BEARCATS
Without 1 assist, Moore gets start

OTHER COLLEGE HOOPS
Defense must dig in, Smith tells Wildcats
No. 25 Texas Tech 62, Houston 48

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