Sport: The Bowls

The traditional onslaught of New Year's Day bowl games left television viewers slightly myopic, more than a little dubious about the true merits of some of the top-ranked U.S. college teams.

¶ Louisiana State hardly justified its No. 1 ranking, had trouble getting through and around Clemson's beefy line, blew repeated scoring chances, scratched out a 7-0 victory in the Sugar Bowl only after a botched fourth-down center snap gave L.S.U. an easy scoring chance from Clemson's 11-yd. line.

¶ Texas Christian fumbled eight times, drew key penalties to stop other drives, muddled to...

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