Bowl roundup

Missouri rebounds, beats Northwestern

Associated Press / December 30, 2008
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Chase Daniel threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in overtime and Missouri rallied to beat Northwestern, 30-23, last night in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

After the 25th-ranked Tigers scored on the opening possession of OT, their defense delivered, too. Missouri sacked a backpedaling C.J. Bacher, forcing a fumble that left Northwestern with fourth and goal from the 32.

Bacher's desperation heave into the end zone was knocked down, and Daniel rushed off the sideline with his teammates to celebrate.

The win gave Missouri (10-4) double-digit victories in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.

The No. 22 Wildcats (9-4) fell to 1-6 in bowl games, with their only win in their first appearance in 1949.

Playing in his final college game, Daniel overcame three interceptions to lead the Tigers back from a 3-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Wolfert made a 37-yard field goal with 2:49 left to tie it at 23, but he missed a 44-yard attempt that could have won it for Missouri as time expired.

Daniel matched a season high with the three INTs. He was 26 of 44 for 197 yards and two touchdown passes.

The speedy Maclin, a first-team All-America as an all-purpose player, also returned a punt 75 yards for a score that tied it at 10 in the second quarter.

Bacher threw for 303 yards and three scores, going 27 of 43. His 23-yard TD toss to Ross Lane gave Northwestern a 23-20 lead in the third. Bowl - Mike Teel passed for 319 yards and Rutgers capped its comeback season with another rally, defeating North Carolina State, 29-23, in the Bowl in Birmingham, Ala.

Teel threw a 42-yard pass to Kenny Britt with 8:30 to play for what proved to be the winning touchdown.

Britt, a third-team All-American, made a juggling catch as he crossed the goal line and finished with six catches for 119 yards.

Teel, a senior, was the game's most valuable player. The Scarlet Knights (8-5) began the season 1-5, but finished with a seven-game winning streak, led by Teel.

N.C. State (6-7) held a 17-6 halftime lead, led by quarterback Russell Wilson, who was 11 for 23 for 186 yards and a score.

But Wilson left the game with a strained knee late in the first half and did not return.

The replacements coach Tom O'Brien called on threw three INTs.

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