Friday, January 10, 2014

Badgers Lose To South Carolina In Capital One Bowl

Badgers Capital One Bowl
The Wisconsin Badgers ended their 2013 season with a tough 34-24 loss in the Capital One bowl to the South Carolina Gamecocks on New Years Day. For the first time in four years, the Badgers did not finish the season as the Big Ten champion with a trip to the Rose Bowl, but the Capital One Bowl is still considered to be the best non-BCS Bowl.

The scoring got started when late in the first quarter, Bruce Ellington caught a 39 yard touchdown pass from Conner Shaw to give South Carolina the early 7-0 lead. The Badgers answered right back early in the second quarter when Sam Amerson caught a 1 yard touchdown pass from Joel Stave to tie the game at 7-7. With under seven minutes left in the second quarter, Conner Shaw found Bruce Ellington through the air again, this time from 9 yards out to give the Gamecocks a 13-7 lead. In the final seconds of the second quarter, Jeff Duckworth caught a 3 yard touchdown pass from Stave to give the Badgers a 14-13 halftime lead.

After a Jack Russell field goal on the Badgers opening possession of the second half, South Carolina took momentum and never looked back. With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, Bruce Ellington caught his third touchdown pass, this time from 29 yards out, to give South Carolina the 20-17 lead. On South Carolina’s first possession of the fourth quarter, Conner Shaw threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, this time to Jeff Adams, to give South Carolina the 27-17 lead. After Kenzel Doe returned the following kickoff 91 yards to cut the South Carolina lead to 27-24, South Carolina went on a long drive that resulted in a 1 yard touchdown run by Conner Shaw to give South Carolina the 34-24 lead.

Stave got injured so Curt Phillips had to come in and finish the game for him(by the way he played even worse than Stave did). Yes Stave did throw a couple of touchdown passes in this game, but he still looked awful once again. As I said before the bowl, it might be time for Wisconsin to find another quarterback in 2014. 

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