Gaglianone field goal lifts Badgers over USC
SAN DIEGO — Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 29-yard field goal with 2:27 left to lift No. 23 Wisconsin to a 23-21 victory against Southern California in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday night.
Gaglianone's third field goal gave Wisconsin (10-3) its first win in seven tries against USC (8-6). The teams hadn't met since 1966, and two of USC's wins in the series were in the Rose Bowl, in 1953 and 1963.
Wisconsin's Sojourn Shelton intercepted Cody Kessler with 1:44 left. Kessler was hit from behind by Jack Cichy.
In the third quarter, Cichy sacked Kessler on three straight plays.
The Trojans got to the 50 in the final seconds before Kessler threw four straight incompletions.
USC, which beat Nebraska in last year's Holiday Bowl, had taken a 21-20 lead on Kessler's 7-yard touchdown pass to Darreus Rogers with 10:19 left.
MISSISSIPPI ST. 51, NORTH CAROLINA ST. 48: At Charlotte, N.C., Dak Prescott closed out his college career by throwing for a Belk Bowl-record 380 yards and four touchdowns for Mississippi State. Selected the game MVP, Prescott completed 25 of 42 passes and ran for 47 yards to become the fourth player in FBS history to throw for 9,000 yards and run for 2,500 yards. Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Holloway in the second half to break it open for the Bulldogs (9-4). Wide receiver Fred Ross had seven catches for 74 yards and a touchdown and scored on a 33-yard reverse. De'Runnya Wilson added five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown to help the Bulldogs break the Belk Bowl scoring record.
Music City Bowl
LOUISVILLE 27, TEXAS A&M 21: At Nashville, Tenn., Lamar Jackson ran for a career-high and Music City Bowl-record 226 yards and two touchdowns and threw for two more scores to help Louisville. The freshman, making his first start since Oct. 30, finished with a bowl-record 453 total yards, and set the Louisville career rushing mark before the end of the first quarter in giving the Cardinals a 20-7 lead they never lost. Jackson ran for 126 yards in the first 15 minutes, including a 61-yard scoring run. Louisville (8-5) won for the eighth time in 10 games. Texas A&M (8-5) became the first Southeastern Conference team to lose this bowl season.
AUBURN 31, MEMPHIS 10: AtBirmingham, Ala., Jeremy Johnson came off the bench to run and pass for touchdowns, lifting Auburn. Johnson led three touchdowns drives in a 5-minute span starting late in the third quarter. Auburn (7-6) avoided the first losing season of coach Gus Malzahn's 11-year college career. A defense without a coordinator didn't allow an offensive touchdown for Memphis (9-4) and star quarterback Paxton Lynch.