THURSDAY SPORTS: Shaw’s five TDs lead Gamecocks past Wisconsin
Behind five touchdowns from senior quarterback Connor Shaw, No. 8 South Carolina (11-2) claimed a 34-24 victory over No. 19 Wisconsin (9-4) in the 2014 Capital One Bowl. The Capital One Bowl MVP, Shaw accounted for 369 yards of offense, going 22-for-25 in the air for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns while also running for 48 yards on 16 carries and a score. He also caught a scoring pass from Bruce Ellington.
NEW YEARS DAY COLLEGE BOWL GAMES:
Rose Bowl — Michigan State 24, Stanford 20 — This was the 100th Rose Bowl played.
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl — UCF (Central Florida) 52, Baylor 42 — UCF was a 17-point underdog at kickoff, pulling off the biggest BCS bowl game upset ever.
Heart of Dallas Bowl — North Texas 36, UNLV 14
Outback Bowl — LSU 21, Iowa 14
Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl — Nebraska 24, Georgia 19
The AllState Sugar Bowl is being played Thursday night between Alabama and Oklahoma. On Friday Missouri and Oklahoma State will play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic and Clemson and Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl. The BCS championship game will take place on Monday between Florida State and Auburn.
Furman’s William Gates, Jr. has been named Southern Conference Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week for games played December 17-30. Gates Jr. averaged 13 points and three rebounds per game off of the bench to help Furman to a 2-1 record, including victories over defending Big South Tournament champion Liberty and UC Davis, during the holidays.
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in the NHL Winter Classic Wednesday in front of a record hockey crowd of more than 105,000 fans in freezing cold temperatures and snowy conditions at the University of Michigan’s football stadium, nicknamed “The Big House,” in Ann Arbor. After regulation ended in a 2-2 tie and there were no scores in overtime, the game went to a shootout, which Toronto won on goals first by Joffrey Lupul and then the winning one by Tyler Bozak, with Detroit only getting on goal as the Maple Leafs’ Jonathan Bernier made two saves.