Arizona State, Texas Tech to play in Holiday Bowl
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Pac-12 South Division champion Arizona State and Texas Tech have accepted invitations to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 30 at Qualcomm Stadium.
It will be the fourth appearance for Arizona State (10-3) and the second appearance for Texas Tech (7-5).
Arizona State lost to Stanford 38-14 in the Pac-12 championship game Saturday night.
ADVOCARE V100 BOWL
Boston College faces Arizona in AdvoCare V100 Bowl
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Two of the nation's top running backs will square off Dec. 31 when Arizona faces Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
Boston College's Andre Williams leads all Football Bowl Subdivision players this season with 2,102 yards rushing this season. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey has rushed for 1,716 yards and ranks second nationally with 156 yards rushing per game.
The AdvoCare 100 Bowl - formerly known as the Independence Bowl - typically matches an Atlantic Coast Conference team against a Southeastern Conference school, but the SEC didn't have enough bowl-eligible teams to send someone to Shreveport this season. The AdvoCare 100 Bowl instead invited Arizona (7-5) from the Pac-12.
Boston College has been one of the ACC's biggest surprises. The Eagles went from 2-10 in 2012 to 7-5 this season.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL
K-State to meet Michigan in the desert
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Kansas State is headed back to the desert, this time to face Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
The Wildcats (7-5) lost to Oregon 35-17 in last year's Fiesta Bowl, but earned a return trip to Arizona after finishing strong this season.
Kansas State lost four of its first six games, including to FCS school North Dakota State at home, before reeling off four straight wins. The Wildcats finished with a flourish, rolling over rival Kansas 31-10 in their regular-season finale on Saturday.
Michigan (7-5) opened the season 5-0 before fading down the stretch. The Wolverines lost four of their final five games, though came within a failed 2-point conversion of knocking off then-No. 2 Ohio State on Nov. 30 in their final game.
Bears to face Knights in Fiesta Bowl
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - No. 6 Baylor has completed its turnaround with a trip to the Fiesta Bowl against No. 15 Central Florida.
Once the perennial patsies of the Big 12, the Bears (11-1) won their first conference title since 1980 by knocking off Texas on Saturday.
Baylor became a national-title contender this season behind the country's most prolific offense and will be playing in its first BCS bowl after winning 11 games for the first time.
Waiting for the Bears will be Central Florida (11-1), which received the American Athletic Conference's automatic BCS bid.
The Knights earned the AAC title with Louisville's loss to Cincinnati and closed out the season by holding off SMU in icy Texas on Saturday to earn their first BCS bowl spot.
Cardinals beat Rams 30-10 to end NFC West skid
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Carson Palmer completed 27 of 32 passes, 12 of them to Larry Fitzgerald, and the Arizona Cardinals ended an eight-game losing streak against NFC West foes by beating the St. Louis Rams 30-10 on Sunday.
Palmer, questionable for the game with a sore right elbow, threw for 269 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinals (8-5) won for the fifth time in six games.
Arizona's Karlos Dansby returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown and John Abraham tackled Kellen Clemens for a safety.
Tavon Austin's 56-yard run set up the only touchdown for the Rams (5-8), a 1-yard run by Zac Stacy. Austin injured his left ankle on the play and didn't return.
The Cardinals lost rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu in the third quarter with a left knee injury.
Cardinals rookie Mathieu injures knee against Rams
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Cardinals rookie Tyrann Mathieu was carted off the field with a left knee injury in the third quarter of the team's game Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
Mathieu, having a sensational season at safety and several other defensive back positions, returned the free kick following a Rams safety and was buried in a pile of Ram tacklers.
As he jogged off the field, the knee buckled and Mathieu collapsed on the ground. A cart immediately was called and he was carried off the field.
Arizona drafted the "Honey Badger" in the third round after he spent a year away from football following his dismissal from the LSU team for marijuana-related problems.
He quickly became an Arizona fan favorite.
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