Brees sharp, Saints beat Panthers 31-13
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Drew Brees passed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and the New Orleans Saints beat Carolina 31-13 on Sunday night to regain sole possession of first place in the NFC South and snap the Panthers' winning streak at eight games.
The Panthers' defense had not allowed more than two touchdowns in a game this season until the Saints scored three in the second quarter alone, when Brees completed 14 of 16 passes for 159 yards.
The Saints also became the only team this season to score more than 24 points against Carolina, which entered the game No. 1 in scoring defense, allowing 13.1 points per game.
Brees' first two scoring strikes went to Marques Colston, who made nine catches for 125 yards. Jimmy Graham added two TD catches, his second making it 31-6 in the fourth quarter.
New Orleans sacked Cam Newton five times and did not allow a touchdown until 5:15 remained.
T25-CAPITAL ONE BOWL
No. 19 Badgers-No. 8 Gamecocks in Capital One Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Wisconsin will play South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl Jan. 1 in Orlando.
The No. 19 Badgers (9-3) are playing in a non-BCS bowl for the first time in three seasons following three consecutive appearances in the Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin lost those games, though, and will be looking for its first bowl win under coach Gary Andersen.
South Carolina (10-2) won its final five games of the season, including double-overtime win over then unbeaten Missouri.
The Gamecocks are making their second Capital One Bowl appearance in three seasons, having beaten Nebraska in the 2012 edition of the game.
South Carolina is also the only team to beat Fiesta Bowl-bound UCF, rallying in the final three quarters to claim a three-point victory.
It is the first meeting between the schools.
No. 7 Ohio State-No. 12 Clemson in Orange Bowl
MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (AP) - Clemson had its chance against Florida State and got blown out. Ohio State fell one win short of getting an opportunity to face the Seminoles for the national title.
So instead, the 12th-ranked Tigers and No. 7 Buckeyes are headed to the Orange Bowl.
Ohio State and Clemson are the Orange Bowl's selections to play in Miami Gardens, Fla. on Jan. 3. The Buckeyes' 24-game winning streak and BCS title hopes ended Saturday with a loss to Michigan State in the Big 10 title game. Clemson gets its second Orange Bowl trip in three years, despite not winning its division of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Buckeyes will be vying to give Urban Meyer his fourth 13-1 season since 2006. Clemson could finish 11-2 in consecutive years with a victory.
No. 12 South Carolina rolls past Charlotte 76-61
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Elem Ibiam scored 19 points and Aleighsa Welch added 18 to lead No. 12 South Carolina to its ninth straight win and a 76-61 victory over Charlotte on Sunday.
Welch was 7 of 9 from the floor (77.8 percent) while Ibiam shot 50 percent (7 of 14). Wilka Montout came off the bench to score the sole 3-pointer for South Carolina (9-0).
The Gamecocks scored 25 points from the free throw line after Charlotte stacked up 23 fouls. Tiffany Mitchell shot a perfect 7 of 7 from the line. Charlotte made 10 free throws on just 12 attempts.
The 49ers led by two points midway through the first, and trailed by just one point at the break. South Carolina made 15 points on free throws in the second half.
Ny Hammonds scored 14 and Kira Gordon finished with 13 for the 49ers (4-5).
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