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Capital One Bowl Recap

Wisconsin loses their fourth-straight bowl game Wisconsin loses their fourth-straight bowl game
Senior quarterback Curt Phillips replaced an injured Joel Stave Senior quarterback Curt Phillips replaced an injured Joel Stave
The WIsconsin senior class departs with the 2nd-most wins in school history The WIsconsin senior class departs with the 2nd-most wins in school history

Orlando, FL (WQOW) -- The Capital One Bowl game was one of twists and turns, but the result was all too familiar. The Badgers dropped their fourth-straight bowl game, falling to South Carolina 34-24.

Wisconsin had a one point lead coming out of halftime, but could only come away with three points during two drives in the South Carolina zone. After that, momentum shifted to the Gamecocks.

"Those are huge factors when you need points out there and you end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, you can always say that's where the game turned," says Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen. "Quite simply, they made some plays down the field in the late game and again the credit goes to South Carolina."

Another big momentum shift in that second half, an injury to Joel Stave, who had two touchdowns and a fluke interception up to that point. Curt Phillips came in and went 7-12 for 37 yards, but he threw two costly interceptions. 

"You know, you try to get into the flow of the game a little bit. Obviously towards the end it was a little better. I'd like to have a couple of those back," says Philips. "The one in the red zone was the read that we wanted, I saw (Jacob) Pedersen break to the middle. The linebacker just got underneath it. I need to put more air under it. We had opportunities, but like I said, I'd like to have a couple of those back."
It was a very good day on the ground for the Badgers, they rush for 293 yards, including 146 from Melvin Gordon and 107 from James White. But in the end, it's not enough.

"We ran the ball well. I think me and James went for 100. Our offensive line, I've got to give credit to those guys. They paved the way for us today. We tried to make some special plays and fought to the end, but we just came up short," says Gordon.

Defensively, Wisconsin had some problems containing South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw. He was named the Capital One Bowl MVP, accounting for all five of the Gamecocks' touchdowns.
" You kind of walk a fine line between being aggressive, getting after the quarterback, and containing him.  Our plan was to be aggressive.  And at times, we didn't get the pressure we should have and at times he was able to extend plays.  That's very frustrating," says senior linebacker Chris Borland.

So one of the most successful senior classes in Wisconsin history moves on without a bowl win.

Says senior defensive end Ethan Hemer: "The losses are disappointing and the senior class had high expectations and we fell short on those. But I try to look at it as a career overall and I couldn't be happier with the things we accomplished here."


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