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Ohio State to meet Clemson in Orange Bowl
MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Ohio State had its chance to match up against Florida State in the BCS Championship Game but lost in the Big Ten Championship Game to Michigan State. The loss also snapped a school record 24-game winning streak.
So instead the #7 Buckeyes (12-1) are headed to the Orange Bowl to play #12 Clemson (10-2) on Friday January 3rd at 8:00 p.m.
This will be only the second appearance for Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl; the last coming 37 years ago and following the 1976 season when Woody Hayes’ Big Ten champion Buckeyes defeated the Big Eight champion Colorado Buffalos, 27-10.
Clemson gets its second Orange Bowl trip in three years, despite not winning its division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Seminoles vs. Tigers for national championship at Rose Bowl
UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will play in the final BCS championship game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl.
The Seminoles wrapped up their berth by crushing Duke 45-7 in Saturday's ACC title game. The Tigers were 59-42 winners over Missouri for the SEC crown on Saturday, but Auburn's spot in the BCS title game wasn't secured until Michigan State beat Ohio State 34-24 hours later.
In other BCS bowl matchups:
— Alabama gets the SEC's BCS consolation game as the Crimson Tide will face No. 11 Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.
— Fourth-ranked Michigan State and No. 5 Stanford have been selected for the Rose Bowl's centennial on New Year's Day.
— The Fiesta Bowl will pit sixth-ranked Baylor against No. 15 Central Florida in a battle of 11-1 teams.
Cincinnati will face North Carolina in Belk Bowl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Cincinnati Bearcats will look to defend their Belk Bowl title Dec. 28 against North Carolina.
The Bearcats will be making their second straight appearance in the game after defeating Duke 48-34 last year in Charlotte, Belk Bowl officials announced Sunday night.
Cincinnati (9-3) finished second place in the American Athletic Conference, winning six of their final seven games.
North Carolina (6-6) also finished the season strong, winning five of its last six games to become bowl eligible.
Bowling Green, Pitt to play in Pizza Bowl
DETROIT (AP) — MAC champion Bowling Green will return to Detroit to face Pittsburgh in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26.
The Falcons (10-3) beat previously undefeated Northern Illinois 47-27 in the MAC title game at Ford Field on Friday, their fifth straight win.
It's the third bowl bid in five seasons for Bowling Green and the 11th in school history.
Pitt will be making its sixth straight trip to a bowl game.
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl matchup: Ohio-East Carolina
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ohio University is headed to the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl to face East Carolina of Conference USA.
It's the second straight season that the Mid-American Conference will be represented in the pre-Christmas game held at Tropicana Field, home of baseball's Tampa Bay Rays. Ball State made the trip last December, receiving the bid when the Big East was unable to fulfill the league's bowl commitments.
This time, the American Athletic Conference was unable to supply a team, and Ohio (7-5) will face East Carolina (9-3) on Dec. 23.
It will be the fifth straight bowl trip for the Bobcats under coach Frank Solich.
East Carolina will be making its 19th bowl appearance.
NFL - WEEK 14
Cincinnati (9-4) 42, Indianapolis (8-5) 28.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Bengals improved to 6-0 at home and maintained control of the AFC North.
Dalton gave his best performance since October, throwing for three touchdowns that kept the Bengals ahead and finishing it off with an 8-yard run in the fourth quarter. Dalton was 24 of 35 for 275 yards without a sack or interception.
The Colts (8-5) had another slow start in the cold, falling behind 21-0 before Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes to keep them close.
Despite the loss, the Colts were clinched the AFC South later in the day when Tennessee lost at Denver.
Next for Bengals: Sunday night at Pittsburgh.
New England (10-3) 27, Cleveland (4-9) 26.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the final 61 seconds, helping the Patriots rally for a 27-26 victory over the Browns.
The Patriots cut the deficit to 26-21 on Brady's 2-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman with 1:01 left. Then Kyle Arrington recovered the onside kick at the Cleveland 40-yard line.
Brady completed a 10-yard pass to Danny Amendola. Then Leon McFadden was called for defensive pass interference in the end zone. That put the ball at the 1 where Brady connected with Amendola again.
The Browns (4-9) then moved the ball to the Patriots 40 with 1 second left, but Billy Cundiff missed a 58-yard field goal.
New England lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to a leg injury in the third quarter.
Next for Browns: Sunday vs. Chicago.
Baltimore (7-6) 29, Minnesota (3-9-1) 26.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Ravens playoff hopes were boosted considerably wth a wild, back and forth win over the Vikings.
There were five go-ahead touchdowns scored in the last 2:05, the last coming on Joe Flacco's nine-yard scoring strike to Marlon Brown with four seconds left.
Miami (7-6) 34, Pittsburgh (5-8) 28.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Dolphins topped the Steelers, all but eliminating Pittsburgh from playoff contention.
Denver (11-2) 52, Tennessee (5-8) 28.
DENVER (AP) - Matt Prater NFL record 64 yard field goal helped the Broncos clinch an AFC playoff berth. Prater broke the NFL mark of 63 yards shared by four players.
Peyton Manning completed a team-record 39 of his 59 passes for 397 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Titans owned a 21-10 lead in the first half.
New Orleans (10-3) 31, Carolina (9-4) 13.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Saints regained sole possession of the NFC South lead as Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns.
The outcome puts the Saints one game ahead of the Panthers and ends Carolina's eight-game winning streak.
Kansas City (10-3) 45, Washington (3-10) 10.
LANDOVER, MD (AP) - The Chiefs broke a three-game losing streak, embarrassing the Redskins.
Jamaal Charles carried 19 times for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Chiefs, who led 31-0 a little more than 20 minutes into the game.
The Chiefs sacked Robert Griffin III five times and Kirk Cousins once.
San Francisco (9-4) 19, Seattle (11-2) 17.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The 49ers prevented the Seahawks from clinching the NFC West crown while maintaining control of its playoff destiny.
Phil Dawson's fourth field goal of the afternoon was a go-ahead, 22-yard kick with 26 seconds left. The game-winning kick came about six minutes after Steven Hauschka drilled a 31-yarder to put the Seahawks ahead.
Arizona (8-5) 30, St. Louis (5-8) 10.
GLENDALE, AZ (AP) - The Cardinals rout of the Rams keeps them one game behind the 49ers and Panthers in the battle for the two NFC wild-card berths.
Green Bay (6-6-1) 22, Atlanta (3-10) 21.
GREEN BAY, WI (AP) - The Packers ended a five-game winless slide.
A sack of Matt Ryan by Mike Neal forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive lineman Johnny Jolly. Four plays later, Matt Flynn connected with Andrew Quarless on a 2-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score with about 12 minutes left.
Green Bay is now within a half-game of the NFC North lead.
Philadelphia (8-5) 34, Detroit (7-6) 20.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - LeSean McCoy rushed for a franchise-best 217 yards, including touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards in the win.
The Eagles have won five straight and are now in first place in the NFC East by a half-game over Dallas.
The Lions are a half-game ahead of the Chicago Bears, who host the Cowboys on Monday night.
San Diego (6-7) 37, NY Giants (5-8) 14.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Philip Rivers completed 21 of his 28 throws for 249 yards and three touchdowns. All three scoring passes came in the first half to help the Chargers carry a 24-0 lead into intermission.
NY Jets (6-7) 37, Oakland (4-9) 27.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP) - Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Jets set a season high for points.
Tampa Bay (4-9) 27, Buffalo (4-9)
TAMPA, FL (AP) - The Bucs intercepted EJ Manuel four times en route to their fourth win in five games following an 0-8 start.
Tonight: Dallas (7-5) at Chicago (6-6), 8:40 p.m.
Toronto (7-12) 106, LA Lakers (10-10) 94.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's legs appeared to be in fine shape as he made his season debut. His shooting touch and passing skills were another story as he went 2-for-9 with eight turnovers.
Bryant played almost 28 minutes and finished with nine points, eight rebounds and four assists in his first game since tearing his left Achilles' tendon late last season.
The Raptors ended a five-game losing streak.
Oklahoma City (15-4) 118, Indiana (18-3) 94.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Thunder remain unbeaten at home after blowing out the NBA's top team.
Indiana entered the game 18-2 before Kevin Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds in the Thunder's rout of the Pacers.
Russell Westbrook finished with 26 points as the Thunder improved to 10-0 at home.
Miami (16-5) 110, Detroit (10-11) 95.
AUBURN HILLS, MI (AP) — LeBron James had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Heat whipped the Pistons. The Heat are winners of two straight since a two-game skid.
Houston (15-7) 98, Orlando (6-14) 88.
HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard celebrated his 28th birthday by dominating his original team, getting 20 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Rockets past the Magic.
Boston (10-12) 114, New York (5-14) 73.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Crawford scored 23 points and Jared Sullinger added 21 as Boston embarrassed New York 114-73.
#13 Oregon (8-0) 115, Ole Miss (6-2) 105. Overtime
OXFORD, MS (AP) — Mike Moser scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Ducks past Rebels.
#24 San Diego State (7-1) 70, Washington (4-4) 63.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Xavier Thames scored 19 points as the Aztecs rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat the Huskies.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#24 Gonzaga (6-1) 59, Ohio State (6-4) 58.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sonja Greinacher scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as No. 24 Gonzaga held off Ohio State.
Gonzaga trailed by one point with 32 seconds to play. Shaniqua Nilles gave the Bulldogs the lead with 21 ticks left, but Ohio State took it back after Ameryst Alston's basket. Down by one with 7 seconds left, Gonzaga's Nilles converted again, this time for the game-winner.
The Buckeyes nearly pulled off a great comeback win as they trailed 32-20 at halftime.