(Sporting Alert) — The following are the NCAA college football scores and results from the games that took place on New Year’s Day on Wednesday.
Amongst the highlights on the day came from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona where No. 15 Central Florida (12-1) upset No. 6 Baylor (11-2) by a score of 52-42 to win the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Junior quarterback Blake Bortles threw 20-of-31 passes for 301 yards, rushed for another 93 yards and scored four touchdowns for the Knights, who picked off one of the biggest upsets in the bowl this season on their way to the highest scoring Tostitos Fiesta Bowl scores.
“There’s not many outside of us who believe we had a chance, but we did and I think we showed what UCF football is all about,” Bortles said after the win.
The result saw UCF winning its third-successive bowl crown on their way to setting a school record with their 12th victory of the season.
UCF head coach George O’Leary added: “It was a great win for UCF, the fan base and everybody that came out from Orlando.
“I thought the kids went out and executed what they were coached all week and back on campus.”
Also on the night, No. 4 Michigan State (13-1) battled to a 24-20 victory over No. 5 Stanford (11-3) in the Rose Bowl.
“It’s a special time for all Spartans, and we came here in force,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.
“I’m very happy for our football team, the resilience we showed all season long.”
The Capital One Bowl title game saw No. 9 South Carolina (11-2) beating No. 19 Wisconsin (9-4), 34-24, while the Outback Bowl game saw No. 16 LSU (10-3) securing a 21-14 victory over Iowa (8-5).
College Bowl Football Results and Scores
Rose Bowl: (4) Michigan State 24 (13-1), (5) Stanford 20 (11-3)
Fiesta Bowl: (15) UCF 52 (12-1), (6) Baylor 42 (11-2)
Heart Of Dallas Bowl: North Texas 36 (9-4), UNLV 14 (7-6)
Outback Bowl: (16) LSU 21 (10-3), Iowa 14 (8-5)
Capital One Bowl: (9) South Carolina 34 (11-2), (19) Wisconsin 24 (9-4)
Gator Bowl: Nebraska 24 (9-4), (22) Georgia 19 (8-5)