Ohio State, Minnesota, Wisconsin men win honors
Rutgers accepts Quick Lane Bowl bid
Iowa accepts TaxSlayer Bowl bid
Wisconsin accepts Outback Bowl bid
For the 13th consecutive year, the
Wisconsin Badgers are going bowling. And for the fifth-straight season,
that bowl game will take place in January. It was announced today that
No. 17 UW (10-3, 7-1 Big Ten) will
take on 19th-ranked Auburn (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in the Outback Bowl in Tampa,
Florida, on Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected to play in
the Outback Bowl and a great reward for our players and the terrific
season they have had,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “Tampa is a great
destination for our team and fans and Auburn
is a very quality opponent from a great conference. We are looking
forward to the matchup.”
Wisconsin’s current 13-year bowl streak is tied for
the seventh-longest active streak in the country. The Badgers are also
just one of two teams to play in a January bowl game each of the last
five years (Alabama is the other).
Outside of the New Year’s Six bowl matchups, the Outback Bowl is one of just two bowl games to feature two top-20 teams.
This will be Wisconsin’s fifth appearance in the
Outback Bowl. UW defeated Duke, 34-20, in 1995 in the then-Hall of Fame
Bowl. In 1998, Georgia defeated Wisconsin, 33-6. The Badgers fell to
Georgia again, 24-21, in 2005 then lost to Tennessee,
21-17, in their last appearance in Tampa, in 2008.
UW and Auburn have squared off three times prior to
this season. The two teams tied 7-7 in 1931 in Madison. They met in the
2003 Music City Bowl, with the Tigers prevailing 28-14. Two years
later, Wisconsin upset No. 7 Auburn, 24-10, in
the Capital One Bowl in head coach Barry Alvarez’s final game.
IOWA INVITED TO TAXSLAYER BOWL
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
The University of Iowa has accepted an invitation
to participate in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.
The TaxSlayer Bowl is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. (CT) on Friday, Jan. 2.
The game will be televised by ESPN from EverBank Field (77,511).
Hawkeyes are making their second appearance in the TaxSlayer Bowl,
having lost to Florida (14-6) following the 1983 season. The attendance
for that 1983 contest, 81,293, still ranks as the fourth highest
attendance in the history of the event. Iowa has posted a 14-12-1
record in 27 previous bowl appearances.
posted a 7-5 record in 2014, including a 4-4 record in Big Ten play
(West Division). Four of Iowa’s five losses were by a touchdown or
Tennessee (6-6) finished its conference slate 3-5 and tied for fourth
in the SEC East Division.
and Tennessee have met twice previously, with each team earning a
victory. The Hawkeyes beat the Volunteers, 28-22, in the 1982 Peach Bowl
played in Atlanta. Tennessee registered a narrow, 23-22, win over the
Hawkeyes in the 1987 season opener played in East Rutherford, New
Hawkeyes are 4-2 against current SEC teams in bowl games under coach
Kirk Ferentz having beaten Florida (2004 Outback), LSU (2005 Capital
South Carolina (2009 Outback) and Missouri (2010 Insight) when the
Tigers were members of the Big 12. Iowa lost to Florida and LSU in the
2006 and 2014 Outback bowls, respectively.
ranks third amongst Big Ten teams in bowl appearances and is bowl
eligible for the 13th time under coach Kirk Ferentz. Iowa has posted a
bowl record under Ferentz, including wins in four of seven January bowl
games. Since the 2001 season, no Big Ten team has won more bowl games
or has a higher winning percentage in bowl games than Iowa.
Fans interested in
purchasing tickets to the game are encouraged to make their purchase
through the UI Athletics Ticket Office. By doing so, fans of the
Hawkeyes will help the UI Athletics Department meet
its obligation to the bowl game by selling the full allotment of ticket
it assumes responsibility for as a participant. Fans can make their
ticket purchase online at
hawkeyesports.com tonight. The UI Athletics Ticket Office
will also begin accepting orders over the phone at 1-800 IA-HAWKS and
over-the-counter at its location in Carver-Hawkeye Arena at 8 a.m. (CT)
Rutgers Accepts Invitation to Play in 2014 Quick Lane Bowl
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 7, 2014) –
Rutgers officially accepted an invitation to the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl
on Sunday. It marks the ninth bowl appearance over the last 10 seasons
for the Scarlet Knights and the 10th bowl game all-time in school history.
(7-5, 3-5 Big Ten) will face North Carolina (6-6, 4-4 ACC) at Ford
Field, home of the Detroit Lions. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. with live
television coverage on ESPN.
and North Carolina have met six times in series history – the last time
at North Carolina in 2011 (24-22 UNC victory). It marks the first time
the two schools have met in a bowl and it will be Rutgers’ third bowl
versus an ACC opponent (2012 Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Virginia Tech;
2008 PapaJohns.com Bowl vs. NC State).
The Quick Lane Bowl will debut in 2014 and marks a new partnership between the Big Ten and the Detroit Lions.
Scarlet Knights are one of four Big Ten teams to be bowl eligible in
nine of the previous 10 seasons joining Nebraska, Ohio State and
thrilled to participate in the Quick Lane Bowl at a world-class venue
against a power five opponent in North Carolina,” said Rutgers Director
of Athletics Julie Hermann. “This is a tremendous reward for our program following a successful first season in the Big Ten.
opportunity to be in Detroit is based largely on the record-setting
support we had from our fans this season. We believe our fan base will
look forward to the opportunity to show up in force at Ford Field, one
of the top NFL venues in the country, where it will be 72 degrees at
Kyle Flood is the first coach in school history to lead Rutgers to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons as head coach.
guided Rutgers to seven wins so far in 2014 in the program’s first
season as a member of the prestigious Big Ten Conference. Rutgers won
all four of its non-conference games and earned Big Ten victories over
Michigan, Indiana and Maryland.
Following the regular season, four players (wide receiver Leonte Carroo, defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, defensive lineman Kemoko Turay, offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson) were named all-conference, with Carroo earning First Team All-Big Ten accolades in the media vote.
2014 senior class is appearing in a bowl for the fourth consecutive
season. The only other senior classes in school history to play in four
straight bowls were members of the 2008 and 2009 senior classes.
Scarlet Knights are 5-4 all-time in bowl games after last season’s
29-16 loss to No. 25 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
season ticket holders can purchase tickets to the 2014 Quick Lane Bowl
starting Monday at 9 a.m. on ScarletKnights.com or by calling the
Rutgers Ticket Office at 1-866-445-GORU.
Bowl tickets for the general public will go on sale beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. on ScarletKnights.com or by calling the Rutgers Ticket Office at 1-866-445-GORU.
Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin Football Standouts Claim Big Ten Individual Honors
Gophers’ Kill, Buckeyes’ Barrett and Bosa and Badgers’ Gordon honored by media and coaches
Rosemont, Ill. – The Big Ten
Conference announced the five remaining postseason individual award
winners on Tuesday night, including honorees from the Gophers, Buckeyes
and Badgers. Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon
was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Ohio State
defensive end Joey Bosa and quarterback J.T. Barrett were tabbed as the
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player and Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the
Year, respectively. Minnesota’s Jerry Kill
was named the Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year by his peers and
Dave McClain Coach of the Year by the media.
Gordon is the fifth Badger running back
to collect Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year laurels, along with
Montee Ball (2011), John Clay (2009), Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne
(1999) and Brent Moss (1993). The Ameche-Dayne Running
Back of the Year, Gordon has amassed a Big Ten and school record 2,260
rushing yards, breaking the mark of 2,109 yards set by Dayne in 1996.
Gordon leads the nation with 200.9 all-purpose yards per game, 188.3
rushing yards per game and 26 rushing touchdowns.
Bosa is the ninth Buckeye to receive the
conference’s top defensive award, and the second in the past three
seasons after John Simon claimed the honor in 2012. Bosa, who was named
the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year,
leads the Big Ten with 13.5 sacks and 20.0 tackles for loss and is tied
for the conference lead with four forced fumbles.
Barrett is the eighth Buckeye to be named
Freshman of the Year, and first since fellow signal caller Braxton
Miller claimed the award in 2011. The Griese-Brees Quarterback of the
Year, Barrett set the Big Ten record for most touchdowns
responsible for in a season, accounting for 45 touchdowns, including 34
passing scores and 11 rushing touchdowns.
Kill claims his first Big Ten Coach of
the Year laurel, and just the second for a Minnesota mentor since 1972,
as Glen Mason was honored in 1999. Kill has guided Minnesota to
back-to-back seasons of eight or more wins for the
first time since 2002 and 2003. Five Minnesota players earned
first-team All-Big Ten status this season, including Eddleman-Fields
Punter of the Year Peter Mortell and Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year
Boren a second-team Academic All-American
Junior center has started all 12 games this season for Top 10 offense
Ohio State junior
center Jacoby Boren (Pickerington, Ohio/Central) has been named
to the Capital One Academic All-America second team as announced today
by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America).
be eligible for the award, a player must be in at least his second year
of athletic eligibility, be a first-team or key performer and carry a
cumulative 3.30 grade point average (GPA).
a Sustainable Plant Systems major, is in his third year with the
Buckeye football program. He has blossomed as a first-year starter at
center, starting all 12 regular-season games
while helping to anchor an offensive line for an offense that ranked
fifth in the NCAA in scoring (44.1 ppg) and 11th in both total offense
(503.4) and rushing (257.4).
has been named a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar for having an
overall grade point average above 3.70, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten
honoree and a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Barrett a finalist for Manning Award
Barrett, who already has been named the Big Ten Conference’s
quarterback of the year and its freshman of the year this week, has been
named one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award,
which goes to the nation’s top quarterback. The award is presented by
the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The winner will be announced after the bowls in
January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans.
Bosa a Ted Hendricks Award finalist
Bosa is one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented by
the Ted Hendricks Foundation to the nation’s top defensive end. The
winner will be announced Dec. 11. Bosa,
the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year and its defensive lineman of
the year, is a finalist for two other major awards: the Bednarik Award