Blowout Bowl Games 02 Jan 16

UNDATED (AP) — If you like your college bowl games to be see-saw affairs that go down to the wire, then you were sorely disappointed by the New Year’s Day schedule. The average margin of victory was 29 points, with the closest game being a 16-point difference.

One of the blowouts occurred at the Rose Bowl, where fifth-ranked Stanford jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead in a 45-16 pounding of No. 6 Iowa. Heisman Trophy finalist Christian McCaffrey became the first player to collect more than 350 all-purpose yards in a Rose Bowl game, including 172 yards on 18 carries. McCaffrey also had four receptions for 105 yards, including a 75-yard scoring grab from Kevin Hogan on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Hogan passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinal finished 12-2. The Hawkeyes dropped their last two games following a 12-0 start.

In other bowl blowouts:

— Ezekiel Elliott ran for 149 yards and matched a Fiesta Bowl record with four touchdowns to spark No. 7 Ohio State’s prolific offense in a 44-28 win over eighth-ranked Notre Dame. Elliott scored on three short runs first half and added a 47-yard score to open the second in his final game for the Buckeyes. OSU rolled up 496 yards of total offense and finished 12-1 while dropping the Fighting Irish to 10-3.

— Michigan earned an easy win at the Citrus Bowl as Jake Rudock (ROO’-dahk) threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns in the 17th-ranked Wolverines’ 41-7 victory over No. 19 Florida. Michigan (10-3) had three touchdown drives of at least 70 yards and finished with 503 yards of offense against a Florida defense that entered the game ranked sixth nationally. Michigan built on their 17-7 lead by allowing just 28 total yards in the second half.

— Chad Kelly was terrific as 16th-rated Mississippi dismantled No. 13 Oklahoma State 48-20 in the Sugar Bowl, completing 21 of his 33 passes for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Three of those TDs were scored by Laquon Treadwell, who had six catches for 71 yards. Evan Engram and Cody Core each had over 90 receiving yards, while Kelly carried 10 times for 73 yards to help the Rebels finish 10-3.

— Joshua Dobbs threw for 166 yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead unranked Tennessee’s 45-6 rout of No. 12 Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. Dobbs scored on runs 14 and 18 yards, while Jalen Hurd rushed for 130 yards and one TD for the Volunteers. The Vols finish 9-4, while the Wildcats end up 10-3.