Marshall, Pittsburgh, and USC win bowl games

College Football Bowl Game Capsules

(Saturday, December 26th)

Final Score: Marshall 21, Ohio 17

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Martin Ward ran for two touchdowns and Andre Booker returned a punt for a score, as Marshall withstood a second-half surge by Ohio to take a 21-17 victory in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. Ward had 72 of the 190 total rushing yards compiled by the Thundering Herd (7-6), who were playing in their first bowl game since 2004. Darius Marshall added 77 yards on the ground, while Brian Anderson was an efficient 12-of-17 passing for 85 yards. The victory clinched Marshall's first winning season since 2003, before the school joined Conference USA. Prior to that, the Thundering Herd played in the Mid-American Conference with Ohio (9-5), and have dominated the series lately, winning five in a row. Theo Scott threw for 111 yards on 14-of-26 completions, with one score and one interception, for the Bobcats, who accumulated just 123 net yards to end their season with a second consecutive loss. The setback also leaves Ohio still without a bowl win in four tries.

Final Score: (17) Pittsburgh 19, North Carolina 17

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Dan Hutchins missed his first field goal attempt of the game but hit four more after that, including a go-ahead 33- yarder with 52 seconds left in regulation to lift No. 17 Pittsburgh to a 19-17 victory over North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. The win pushed the Panthers (10-3) to their first 10-win season since 1981. Dion Lewis ended his sensational freshman campaign with 159 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries for Pitt. Bill Stull completed 17-of-24 passes for 163 yards, with more than half going to Mike Shanahan, who caught five passes for 83 yards in the victory, the program's first in the postseason since 2002. Greg Little caught both of T.J. Yates' touchdown passes, ending with 87 yards on seven receptions for the Tar Heels (8-5), who lost in this bowl game for the second straight year.

Final Score: Southern California 24, Boston College 13

San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Barkley threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score, as the USC Trojans held off the Boston College Eagles, 24-13, in the Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park. Barkley connected on 27-of-37 passes for 350 yards and two interceptions for the Trojans (9-4), who were playing in a non-BCS bowl game for the first time since 2001. Stanley Havili caught six passes for 83 yards and two scores while Damian Williams hauled in 12 passes for 189 yards for Southern California, which was making its 48th postseason appearance. USC was without star running back Joe McKnight, who was not cleared by the school to play in the game due to an investigation into his relationship with a Los Angeles-area businessman. Dave Shinskie completed 14-of-33 passes for 218 yards with one touchdown and an interception for the Eagles (8-5), who were appearing in their 11th straight bowl game. Montel Harris carried the ball 23 times for 102 yards and a TD. Rich Gunnell hauled in six passes for 130 yards and a score in defeat.