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NEW ORLEANS — Thanks to big nights from quarterback Jake Fromm and wide receiver George Pickens, No. 5 Georgia defeated No. 7 Baylor 26-14 on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in the Sugar Bowl at New Orleans. Fromm completed 20 of 30 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns while Pickens tied a Georgia bowl record with 12 catches, amassing 175 yards and a score. The Bulldogs (12-2) took a 19-0 lead into halftime and were never seriously threatened after the break.
MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 32 points and 17 rebounds to lead the host Milwaukee Bucks to a 106-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The triumph gives the Bucks (31-5) the best 36-game start in franchise history. The 1971-72 squad led by legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dropped game No. 36 for a 30-6 mark.
MINNEAPOLIS — After missing two games with a shoulder injury, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook vows to be at "full strength" for Sunday's wild-card playoff game in New Orleans. "I feel refreshed," Cook said on Wednesday, Jan. 1. "I'm going to be ready to go. I'm going to be at full strength. Looking forward to a good football game."
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Wild will take their game to the great outdoors next New Year's Day with the NHL announcing Wednesday, Jan. 1, the team will play host to the 2021 Winter Classic. The Wild will move from St. Paul to Minneapolis for a day and set up shop at Target Field, home of MLB's Minnesota Twins. The opponent has yet to be determined.
PASADENA, Calif. — Justin Herbert rushed for three touchdowns, Brady Breeze made several key plays, and No. 6 Oregon outlasted No. 8 Wisconsin to win the 106th Rose Bowl Game, 28-27, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, in Pasadena. The Ducks (12-2) gained just 204 total yards of offense, but a special teams touchdown by Breeze and two Herbert touchdown runs on short fields after turnovers powered them past the Badgers (10-4).
ORLANDO, Fla. — Mac Jones threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns and No. 13 Alabama pulled away to a 35-16 win over No. 14 Michigan in the Citrus Bowl at Orlando on Wednesday, Jan. 1. Najee Harris rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide (11-2). Jerry Jeudy caught six passes for 204 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown reception in the early going. Alabama's defense shut out the Wolverines in the second half. The Crimson Tide were making their first non-College Football Playoff postseason appearance in five seasons.
TUCSON, Ariz. — True freshman quarterback Levi Williams threw for 234 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in his first his first career start Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 31, helping Wyoming to a 38-17 win over Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl in Tucson. Along with throwing for three scores, Williams ran for 53 yards and another touchdown, and running back Xazavian Valladay rushed for 204 yards on 26 carries and caught three passes for 91 yards to go with a rushing and receiving touchdown for the Cowboys (8-5).
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Sam Ehlinger passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 73 yards and another score as Texas routed No. 11 Utah 38-10 on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in the Valero Alamo Bowl at San Antonio. The Longhorns (8-5) posted a third straight bowl victory for the first time since a five-win run from 2004-08. Texas' defense, working under interim coordinator Craig Naivar after the firing of Todd Orlando at the end of the regular season, dominated the game while its offense gained 438 yards and did enough to keep the Utes off balance.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Malcolm Perry established an FBS record in rushing yards for a quarterback and Bijan Nichols kicked a 23-yard field goal with two seconds left as No. 23 Navy defeated Kansas State 20-17 in the 61st annual Liberty Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in Memphis, Tenn. Perry finished the game with 213 yards and 2,017 for the season. Navy's defense stifled Kansas State's offense most of the game, holding the Wildcats to just 83 yards of total offense prior to a game-tying drive. Kansas State managed only 46 yards on 27 carries for the game.
ST. PAUL — Auston Matthews, William Nylander and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist, and Frederik Andersen stopped 26 of 27 shots to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, Dec. 31, in St. Paul. Alexander Kerfoot also scored a goal for Toronto, which extended its point streak to eight games (7-0-1). Nylander extended his goal streak to four games.