St. Patrick upsets Notre Dame

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St. Patrick upsets Notre Dame

By Rusty Silber
YourSeason.com
Royale Ewing dropped in a season-best 19 points and the rest of the team added some stellar fourth quarter defense, as St. Patrick pulled off a 54-46 road upset over rival Notre Dame in the East Suburban Catholic Conference on Friday night in Niles.Ismar Seferagic added 12 points and 13 rebounds and Parish McCullum chipped in 10 and six boards for the Shamrocks (8-7, 2-2).To see us react on the road in a arch-rivals gym with the poise that we played on both ends of the floor, said St. Patrick coach Mike Bailey, whose team has lost six games by four points or less. Really, in the fourth quarter and down the stretch, it says a lot for our guys.St. Patrick put together a 20-6 run for a six-minute stretch in the fourth for a 50-41 advantage and erased a 35-30 lead after three quarters, with a lot of credit going to its defense.It all starts with our defense, Bailey said. We defended well and we were more solid in the fourth quarter. We did a much better job getting to (Notre Dames) three-point shooters in the final quarter.Ewing scored 13 points in the final quarter and 17 of his 19 in the second half. I just wanted to come in and attack, said Ewing, who was bothered by foul trouble in the first half. I just wanted to put the team on my back to get the win. We needed to get this one.Notre Dame (14-5, 2-1) suffered its first loss in the ESCC.The Dons had pulled away from St. Patrick late in the third quarter with the help of Justin Halloran hitting one of his three treys of a game-high 11 points for the five-point lead. However, the fourth quarter the same looks were not there down the stretch for the Dons. St. Patrick took it to us and played awfully well, Notre Dame coach Tom Les said, (St. Patrick) made shots when they had to and made free throws down the stretch.They played good defense against us. We didnt execute that well, because they were the ones who played well.

Hawkeyes going to Outback Bowl for fifth time, taking on Florida

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Hawkeyes going to Outback Bowl for fifth time, taking on Florida

Iowa is going back to the Outback Bowl.

Yes, for the fifth time in the last 13 seasons, the Hawkeyes will wrap their campaign with a trip to Tampa and an appearance in the Outback Bowl. And for the third time, their opponent there will be the Florida Gators. That game kicks at noon on Jan. 2.

Iowa and Florida met in the Outback Bowl to conclude the 2003 and 2005 seasons, splitting those two matchups.

This time around, the Hawkeyes are coming off an 8-4 regular season, a disappointing follow up to their 12-2 campaign a season ago that started off a perfect 12-0 before postseason losses in the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl.

Kirk Ferentz has led his team to a bowl appearance in 14 of his 18 seasons, though Iowa has lost the last four of those games, without a bowl win since taking down Missouri in the 2010 Insight Bowl.

Iowa is 2-2 in its four previous Outback Bowl appearances, beating Florida, losing to Florida, beating South Carolina and losing to LSU.

As for the Gators, they own an 8-4 record, as well, after falling to Alabama in Saturday’s SEC Championship Game. Florida is known for its sluggish offense, one of the lowest-scoring teams in the country.

Start spreadin' the news: Northwestern to face Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

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Start spreadin' the news: Northwestern to face Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium

Start spreadin' the news.

Northwestern is heading to New York for its bowl game this season, specifically the Bronx, where it will battle Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Though it isn't your typically warm bowl destination, the baseball-stadium setting should be pretty fantastic. The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Dec. 28.

The Wildcats reached bowl eligibility with their sixth win in the regular-season finale against Illinois. Northwestern is heading to back-to-back bowl games after missing out on the postseason in back-to-back seasons in 2013 and 2014.

This is just the 13th-ever bowl trip for the Cats, though it's their seventh in 11 seasons under Pat Fitzgerald. Northwestern has a 1-5 record under Fitzgerald in the previous six bowl games, though that win is one of just two all-time bowl victories by the program.

This season started slowly for the Cats, who lost upsetting home games to Illinois State and Western Michigan and started 1-3. But Northwestern turned things around with back-to-back road wins over Iowa and Michigan State and finished 6-6. The Cats' offense has been particularly effective this season compared to seasons past. Wide receiver Austin Carr took home Big Ten Receiver of the Year honors and is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after leading the conference in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. Running back Justin Jackson was the league's leading rusher until getting surpassed by just a couple yards by both Wisconsin's Corey Clement and Penn State's Saquon Barkley, who both competed in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game, adding to their respective rushing totals.

Pitt has had a pretty noteworthy season. Despite having four losses, it beat two teams that finished ranked in the top five of the College Football Playoff rankings: No. 2 Clemson and No. 5 Penn State. The Panthers are coached by former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.