Jack­son pow­ers Wild­cats over Pitt

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Dan Gelt­son

new york» Justin Jack­son ran for 226 yards and three touch­downs and pow­ered North­west­ern to only its third bowl vic­tory, 31-24 over No. 22 Pitts­burgh in the Pin­stripe Bowl at Yan­kee Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day night.

Jack­son was the straw that stirred North­west­ern’s of­fense in the Bronx and helped etch this per­for­mance along­side the 1948 Rose Bowl and 2012 Ga­tor Bowl vic­to­ries in the pro­gram’s oft-fu­tile his­tory.

He had TD runs of 8 and 16 yards in the sec­ond quar­ter, then went deep on a 40yard burst in the third that left one de­fender face down on the turf fol­low­ing a fan­tas­tic fake and gave the Wild­cats (7-6) a 21-17 lead.

Ral­ly­ing with­out in­jured quar­ter­back Nathan Peter­man and run­ning back James Con­ner, Pitt yanked the lead away in the fourth on a short TD pass be­fore it col­lapsed the rest of the quar­ter.

The Wild­cats turned a fourth-and-1 into a 21-yard play-ac­tion TD pass that made it 2824 and a hit late field goal for a seven-point lead.

The Pan­thers, who had wins over No. 2 Clem­son and Big Ten cham­pion Penn State, still had time to spoil North­west­ern’s upset bid with a late drive for the ty­ing score. Scott Ornd­off failed to hang on to backup quar­ter­back Ben DiNucci’s strike in the end zone on third down. DiNucci had his fourth-down pass picked off by Jared McGee, who helped bust up the pre­vi­ous pass play, to clinch the win for the Wild­cats.

Jack­son, who led the Big Ten with 1,300 yards rush­ing and be­came the first Wild­cat to rush for 1,000-plus yards in three straight sea­sons, needed only a 44 on the back of the jersey to be­come North­west­ern’s Mr. De­cem­ber.

Kaaya leads Mi­ami to vic­tory

B or­lando, fla.» Brad Kaaya tied a ca­reer best and Mi­ami bowl record with four touch­down passes, and the Hur­ri­canes fi­nally snapped a 10-year bowl drought by beat­ing No. 14 West Vir­ginia 31-14 in the Rus­sell Ath­letic Bowl on Wed­nes­day night.

Kaaya com­pleted 24 of 34 passes for 282 yards for Mi­ami (9-4), which had lost its last six bowl ap­pear­ances. Kaaya al­ready held Mi­ami’s ca­reer record in yards and took over the school’s No. 1 spots in com­ple­tions and at­tempts.

Kaaya was se­lected the game MVP.

Wil­liams leads Utah past In­di­ana

B santa clara, calif.» Joe Wil­liams ran for 222 yards and a touch­down and Andy Phillips kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:24 to play to lead Utah to its 14th vic­tory in its past 15 bowl games, 26-24 over In­di­ana in the Foster Farms Bowl.

Tyler Hunt­ley ran for another score and the Utes (9-4) forced three turnovers to spoil Tom Allen’s coach­ing de­but at In­di­ana and im­prove Utah coach Kyle Whit­ting­ham’s bowl record to 10-1.

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