De'Anthony Thomas returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to help the Oregon Ducks defeat the Kansas State Wildcats, 35-17, in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Thomas finished with 15 yards rushing and 60 yards receiving, including a 23-yard catch-and-score in the opening quarter. Marcus Mariota threw for 166 yards and two TDs for number-four Oregon, which won a BCS bowl for the second straight year. He also ran for 62 yards and a score. The Ducks close the season at 12-and-1. Collin Klein tossed for 151 yards, a score and a pair of interceptions for Kansas State, which ends the year 11-and-2 with its third straight bowl loss. He added 30 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in defeat.
Texas A&M and Oklahoma will meet in the Cotton Bowl tonight at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Aggies are led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to claim the award. Manziel threw for 3,419 yards with 24 touchdowns against just eight interceptions this season in the Aggies' first year in the SEC. He added 1,181 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground for Texas A&M. The Aggies went 10-and-2 which included an upset at second-ranked Alabama. Oklahoma is powered by its quarterback as well, Landry Jones. The Sooners QB threw for 3,989 yards with 29 TDs and 10 picks this year. OU was also 10-and-2 on the season with its only losses coming to Kansas State and Notre Dame.