Sports News-January 2nd, 2014

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Tommy Armstrong Jr. connected with Quincy Enunwa for two touchdowns, including a 99-yarder in the third quarter, and Nebraska held on to beat BCS 22nd ranked Georgia 24-19 in the rain-soaked Gator Bowl yesterday.  Playing in their 50th bowl, the Cornhuskers ended a four-game losing streak against teams from the Southeastern Conference.  The streak included a 45-31 loss to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl last season.  The rematch was much different.  Nebraska did a solid job against running back Todd Gurley, who ran for 125 yards and a touchdown last year.  He finished with 86 yards on the ground.  Gurley was more effective in the passing game, catching seven passes for 97 yards and a score.  His 25-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter cut the Huskers' lead to 24-19.  But N-U stopped the Bulldogs twice on fourth down in the closing minutes.  Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah ran for 122 yards off 27 carries and a score.  Enunwa finished with four catches for 129 yards and two scores.  The Huskers' final record is 9-4 while Georgia finished 8-5.

Lovie Smith will be the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.  One of the people also said that former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Bucs' defensive coordinator.  Smith would replace Greg Schiano, who was fired Monday after going 11-21 in two seasons in Tampa Bay.
 
Connor Cook threw for a career-high 332 yards and two touchdowns as BCS fourth ranked Michigan State rallied to beat fifth-ranked Stanford 24-20 at the Rose Bowl.  Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and scored two others as ninth-ranked South Carolina beat 19th ranked Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl at Orlando.  Blake Bortels threw for three touchdowns and Storm Johnson ran for three others to lead 15th ranked Central Florida's offense in a 52-42 victory over sixth ranked Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl at Glendale, Arizona.

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said yesterday he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft according to ESPN.  He is the top-ranked prospect by ESPN Scouts Inc. and first on ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper's Big Board.  The 6'6, 274-pound Clowney recorded a team-record 13.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore, earned unanimous All-America honors and finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.  After deciding to return for his junior season, Clowney overcame some early speed bumps and earned first-team All-SEC honors.

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has announced that he will forgo his senior season with the BCS 18th ranked Cardinals and enter the NFL draft.  Projected as a first-round selection and possibly the first QB taken this spring, Bridgewater passed for 3,970 yards and a school-record 31 touchdowns this season.  He had a career-best 447 yards with three TDs in Saturday's 36-9 rout of Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
 
Local Schedule:  Nfk High Vs. Columbus (GNAC BBB Tourn. At Scottsbluff-8:15); Nfk High Vs. Scottsbluff (GNAC GBB Tourn. At Scottsbluff-6:30); Northwestern at Nebraska (WBB-8:00).

Saturday Morning:  Sportstalk on 106 KIX & 106 KIX.com from 9:00-10:00 from Hy-Vee East.  Get the lowdown with the coaches.

Saturday Night:  The Norfolk Catholic boys basketball team visits West Point Guardian Angels at 7:30.  Pregame coverage at approximately 7:10 on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com.

Local Scores:  Creighton 65 Georgetown 63 (OT) (WBB).

Spracklen Physical Therapy Star Athlete of the Week:  Cathryn Hanzlik of the Niobrara/Verdigre Cougars girls basketball team.

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Dallas                  87    Washington        78
      Final    Toronto                95    Indiana              82
      Final    Minnesota          124    New  Orleans    112
      Final    Philadelphia    114    Denver              102
      Final    L-A  Clippers    112    Charlotte          85
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final  2OT    Toronto          3    Detroit          2  (SO  Toronto  2-1)
      Final            Tampa  Bay      4    Vancouver      2
    
    
          COLLEGE  FOOTBALL  BOWL  GAMES
    
      Final    (  4)  Michigan  State      24    (  5)  Stanford      20
      Final    (15)  Central  Florida    52    (  6)  Baylor          42
      Final    (  8)  South  Carolina      34    (19)  Wisconsin    24
      Final    (14)  L-S-U                        21              Iowa              14
      Final              Nebraska                  24    (23)  Georgia        19
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (21)  San  Diego  St.      71    Colorado  St.      61
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  UConn                77    UCF            49
      Final    (  7)  Louisville      77    Temple      68

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