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Wisconsin powers past Miami

Wisconsin powers past Miami


The Badgers were not phased by the “home” crowd at Hard Rock Stadium this evening as they had four touchdowns scored by quarterback Alex Hornibrook and freshman running back Jonathan Taylor set a freshman rushing record for the season surpassing Adrian Peterson to get past the Miami Hurricanes 34-24 in the 2017 Orange Bowl.

Wisconsin was coming off a disappointing loss in the Big Ten Championship Game to Ohio State which cost them a spot in the College Football Playoff, but they did not want to end their season with another loss. Their offense did well against an opportunistic Miami defense, and they were the team forcing more turnovers as they intercepted three passes from Malik Rosier which was key to their 21-0 run that they had in the second quarter. Miami just could not completely respond from that run as Rosier had a bad game in the pocket and the offense was 20% on third down conversions.

In comparison to Rosier’s issues, Hornibrook was composed out on the field as he completed 23 of his 34 passing attempts for 258 yards. He was getting more confident in the pocket as the game went on.

“We were pretty relaxed,” Hornibrook stated after the win, which gave the Badgers their 13th win of the season. “We knew we had what it takes to win the game.”

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst was happy with the way that his team closed their season, even though they were so close to getting to the College Football Playoff with an unbeaten record.

“You play the whole season and you earn what you get and I’m proud of this team,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. “They can call themselves Orange Bowl champions. That’s pretty big.”

The Hurricanes were also close to getting to the College Football Playoff, but a loss at Pittsburgh and to Clemson at the ACC Championship Game derailed those plans. An appearance in the Orange Bowl seemed like a good “consolation prize” of sorts, but they couldn’t get things going on offense and the defense could not stop the run and big plays in the passing game by AJ Taylor.

Mark Richt had a trying time on the sidelines in this game as there was one point where he could have been reprimanded for making contact with a referee while being furious about a holding call that was not made. Even with that, Richt blamed himself for the loss.

“I take as much responsibility as anybody, actually more because I’m in charge of everything,” Richt said. “I didn’t coach good enough and we will get better. I can promise you that.”

Miami will look ahead to the 2018 season with many of their starters returning and will prepare for LSU which is their first opponent next season. Wisconsin plans to pick up where they left off as most of their offense returns but they lose a few key players on defense.

[Photo: Lynne Sladky of AP]

Wisconsin powers past Miami
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