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College report: Riley contributes to Northwestern’s bowl win

Tim Riley had six receiving yards five rushing yards Northwestern’s bowl victory over Mississippi State. | Phocourtesy Stephen J. Carrera

Tim Riley had six receiving yards and five rushing yards in Northwestern’s bowl victory over Mississippi State. | Photo courtesy of Stephen J. Carrera

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Updated: February 8, 2013 6:15AM

Oswego graduate Tim Riley ended his season — and perhaps his career — on a winning note New Year’s Day.

Riley, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound superback, finished with five rushing yards on two carries and one catch for six yards in Northwestern’s 34-20 victory over Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. It was the first bowl win for Northwestern since January 1, 1949, when the Wildcats downed California to win the Rose Bowl.

“Tim is an example of a young man who gave everything he had to our program,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “He played with great enthusiasm, passion and intellect. After switching from linebacker to superback midway through his career, he embraced his new role and became a critical part of what we do on offense and special teams. He is a part of the most victorious senior class in school history and a group that went to a bowl game every year of their careers.”

Riley finished the year with 36 rushing yards on seven carries and three catches for 26 yards. He had one receiving touchdown.

The University of Toledo was also involved in a bowl game, but could not overcome Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Utah State won a 41-15 decision. A.J. Lindeman (Waubonsie Valley) started on the Toledo offensive line. The starting right tackle helped the Rockets post 315 yards of offense. They passed for 173 yards and rushed for 142 yards. The contest was held at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

South Dakota State’s T.J. Lally (Marmion) finished the year with 107 tackles, 73 of which were solos. Lally, a 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker, had eight tackles for loss — including six sacks. He also had two interceptions, three passes broken up and three quarterback hurries. He had 41 yards on interception returns. He finished second on the team in total tackles, solo tackles and assisted tackles. He was one of two SDSU players to finish with over 100 tackles.

Quincy University got 18 points from Tyler Thompson (West Aurora) as it downed Robert Morris University-Springfield. Thompson, who also had seven rebounds in his 24 minutes of play, hit 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe. Quincy (6-3, 1-0 Great Lakes Valley) has won two in a row.

Cumberland won the Union College Holiday Classic, beating Tennessee Wesleyan (68-57) and Union College (61-49). In the win over Tennessee Wesleyan, Briannica Tye (West Aurora) had 15 points by nailing 5-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. She hit 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. The Cumberland senior guard also had three rebounds and three assists. In the victory over Union, Tye was held to five points, five steals, four rebounds and two assists. She started both contests, playing 35 minutes against Tennessee Wesleyan and 31 minutes against Union. Cumberland, ranked seventh in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, is 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the Mid-South Conference.

Cornell College junior forward Joey Guth (Aurora Central Catholic) was in double figures in each of his last two games. Unfortunately for Cornell, neither effort led to a victory. In a 80-68 loss to Westminster College, Guth finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Guth hit 7-of-21 from the field, which included two treys. In Cornell’s 83-65 loss to Carroll College, Guth finished with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Cornell is 4-7 overall and 3-3 in the Midwest Conference.

Connecticut defeated Washington 61-53 for its 10th win of the season and its fourth victory in a row. UConn sophomore Ryan Boatright (East Aurora) had 12 points, three assists and two rebounds. The starting guard hit 5-of-11 from the field and 2-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Elmhurst College destroyed Beloit College 85-55 to end the 2012 portion of its season. Elmhurst junior guard Devin Vaughn (West Aurora) tallied eight points, six rebounds and four rebounds. She started and played 23 minutes. Elmhurst (6-5) has won three of its last four games.

Kyra Watson (West Aurora) scored seven points and pulled down four rebounds as Murray State lost a 69-49 decision to Eastern Kentucky. It was the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams. Watson, a starter, played 21 minutes. Murray State is 7-5 overall.

Western Illinois University, which advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament in men’s soccer, finished 7-9-2 overall and 3-2-2 in the Summit League. Western Illinois sophomore Mario Alvarez (West Aurora) finished with two goals and two assists for six points. One of his goals was a game-winner. Alvarez, who played in 19 games, made 16 starts.

Lewis University has won its last five men’s basketball games in a row. In its most recent win, a 64-45 triumph over Northern Michigan, Lewis senior David Bryant (Batavia) finished with seven points, three rebounds and three assists. He started and played 29 minutes. Lewis is 6-2.

Brian O’Donnell (Aurora Central Catholic) has played in four games for Clarke University. O’Donnell, a senior guard, is averaging 8.5 minutes per game. He has two points, five rebounds and two assists. Clarke is 6-7.

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