PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — When Kyler Elsworth soared over the pile to deliver the final hit of Michigan State’s season, the storybook ending came with a moral.
After so many years outside the spotlight, the Spartans are in nobody’s shadow anymore. And for the first time in 26 years, they’re Rose Bowl champions.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw’s career has been marked by a mix of special moments and others he’d like to forget.
He made sure his final game was one he’ll be able to savor.
ORLANDO, Fla. — It would be understandable if South Carolina and Wisconsin were a little disappointed when they arrived in Orlando for the Capital One Bowl.
Even after some early season setbacks, both teams had a chance to earn spots in a BCS bowl game before coming up short.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Keenan Reynolds ran for 86 yards with two more touchdowns and Navy won for only the second time its last seven bowl games, beating Middle Tennessee State 24-6 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Monday.
Reynolds had a 3-yard score to cap the opening drive for Navy (9-4) and added a 1-yarder in the fourth quarter. Already with the NCAA record for touchdowns rushing by a quarterback, Reynolds upped his total to 31 to match Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, also a sophomore, for the national lead this season.
The Capital One Bowl will not be Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon’s final game as a Badger.
In a statement released by the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department Friday, the sophomore running back announced that he will bypass the 2014 NFL Draft and return to UW for his junior season.
MADISON — The NFL might be beckoning sooner than later, but Wisconsin sophomore running back Melvin Gordon is focusing on Capital One Bowl opponent South Carolina and star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) will face No. 8 South Carolina (10-2) in the Jan. 1 game in Orlando, Fla.
Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon is going to see what the NFL draft advisory board has to say before making a decision on his future.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin confirmed that Gordon was the lone Badgers underclassmen to submit his name to the advisory board, which returns a “grade” or where the athlete could expect to be selected if they entered the draft. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was first to report the revelation.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It would be easy for both No. 8 South Carolina and No. 19 Wisconsin to dwell on the missteps this season that cost them both spots in the BCS standings.
Instead, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier and the Badgers’ Gary Andersen are embracing what they believe could be one of the better non-BCS pairings when they matchup for the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl in Orlando.
Twenty years ago today everything came up roses for the University of Wisconsin, its football program and Badgers fans. That it happened on the other side of the world only added to the wonder of it.
Wisconsin defeated Michigan State, 41-20, in Tokyo to wrap up the Big Ten berth in the Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon was a consensus All-Big Ten second-team selection on Monday when the conference released its media and coaches awards list during a 60-minute special on Big Ten Network.
Gordon, a Bradford graduate, finished the regular season second in the Big Ten with 1,466 rushing yards on 181 carries (8.1 yards per carry) with 12 touchdowns for the Badgers (9-3). The redshirt sophomore was joined on both the media and coaches second team by senior teammate James White (1,337 yards, 13 TDs).
MADISON — Confusion reigned on Senior Day for Wisconsin.
Hungry for a statement win and aware they were considered heavy underdogs, the Penn State Nittany Lions pounced on the mistakes.
KENOSHA — Michigan State has one of the top-rated defenses in the country and Kenosha’s Trae Waynes is a big reason why.
The Harborside Academy graduate and former Bradford athlete has developed into a solid Big Ten cornerback in his redshirt sophomore season for the Spartans. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Waynes has 41 tackles (11/2 for loss), five passes defensed and a fumble recovery in 11 starts. He also serves on the punt return and kickoff special teams.
Series: Wisconsin leads, 9-7.
What’s at stake: Unable to go to a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions, Penn State can avoid a .500 record and enter the offseason on a high note with a statement win over Wisconsin. The Badgers look to keep rolling, one spot from a top 14 BCS ranking that would make them eligible for an at-large berth in one of the big-money bowl games.
MADISON — In college football, endings have a way of serving as springboards for the future.
Some teams, such as Penn State, will have to wait another nine months before playing again after the regular season finale Saturday at No. 14 Wisconsin.
MINNEAPOLIS — Wisconsin has been running roughshod over the Big Ten since a disheartening loss to Ohio State almost two months ago.
When its ground game faced a surprisingly spirited challenge from upstart Minnesota on Saturday, all the Badgers had to do was lean on that bone-crushing defense to win their sixth in a row.
No. 16 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) at Minnesota (8-2, 4-2), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Series: Minnesota leads 58-56-8.
MINNEAPOLIS — One of the nation’s longest-running rivalries hasn’t been a real rivalry for quite a while.
Wisconsin has beaten Minnesota nine straight times, keeping Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison for what seems like an eternity to Golden Gophers fans. The Badgers have dominated for nearly a decade, racking up 39.1 points per game during the streak to Minnesota’s 15.2.
MADISON — For as much as they want to play in short sleeves, Wisconsin’s offensive linemen might need to make an exception this weekend at Minnesota with the forecast calling for highs in the upper teens and winds at about 15 mph.
As long as the 16th-ranked Badgers keep pushing defenses around, things should be just fine.
KENOSHA — The standard by which all college football players from Kenosha County are judged is Alan Ameche.
“The Horse” started 37 consecutive games at Wisconsin from 1951-54. Tremper graduate Zac Epping has a chance of breaking Ameche’s mark of consecutive starts at a Big Ten school.
MADISON (AP) — In the midst of their longest winning streak in two seasons, defensive lineman Beau Allen and linebacker Chris Borland admit there hasn’t been one moment that has defined the recent dominance of the Badgers’ senior-laden defense. Basically all it took was a little time for all the pieces to come together.
Wisconsin has held six opponents to their lowest scoring output of the season. That mark included Saturday’s 51-3 win over Indiana to give the program at least eight wins for the fifth straight season.
MADISON — It had been nearly a calendar month since Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon had surpassed 100 yards rushing in a game for Wisconsin.
After being limited to 148 yards on 36 carries with no touchdowns in victories over Iowa and BYU, the big play was back in Gordon’s step during Saturday’s 51-3 victory over Indiana at Camp Randall Stadium.
Indiana (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) at No. 17 Wisconsin (7-2, 4-1), 11 a.m., ESPN2
Series: Wisconsin leads 39-18-2.
MADISON — Most teams would be happy averaging 280 yards over two games. Wisconsin can grind that number out on the ground in one.
Not surprisingly, the Badgers think they can do better. Much better.
MADISON — Chris Borland tried to do a midair split while celebrating a sack with his teammates.
He’d never win a gymnastics title, but among linebackers there are few — if any — better than Wisconsin’s star senior.
No. player pos. ht. Wt. year hometown
1 Jordan, A.J. WR 6-0 178 RS SO Dayton, Ohio
2 Hill, Nick OLB 6-2 225 RS SR Texarkana, Texas
2 Stave, Joel QB 6-5 225 RS SO Greenfield
3 Doe, Kenzel WR 5-8 170 JR Reidsville, N.C.
4 Abbrederis, Jared WR 6-2 190 RS SR Wautoma
5 Hillary, Darius CB 5-11 187 RS SO Cincinnati, Ohio
5 McEvoy, Tanner QB 6-6 223 RS SO Hillsdale, N.J.
6 Clement, Corey RB 5-11 210 FR Glassboro, N.J.
6 James, Alec OLB 6-4 239 FR Brookfield
7 Arnold, Brett WR 5-11 185 RS SR Sherwood
7 Caputo, Michael S 6-1 206 RS SO Imperial, Pa.
8 Watt, T.J. TE 6-5 235 FR Pewaukee
8 Williams, Isaiah S 6-1 200 RS JR Miami, Fla.
9 Fredrick, Jordan WR 6-4 210 RS SO Madison
9 Washington, Jakarrie CB 5-9 180 FR Everett, Mass.
10 Gaulden, Devin CB 5-10 180 JR Miramar, Fla.
10 Phillips, Curt QB 6-3 217 RS SR Kingsport, Tenn.
11 Peavy, Jazz WR 6-0 182 FR Kenosha
11 Reynard, T.J. CB 5-8 172 SO Virginia Beach, Va.
12 Armstrong, Thad QB 6-3 194 RS FR Ottawa, Ill.
12 Southward, Dezmen S 6-2 210 RS SR Sunrise, Fla.
13 Houston, Bart QB 6-4 217 RS FR Dublin, Calif.
13 O'Neill, Conor LB 6-0 230 RS SR Delray Beach, Fla.
14 Hammon, Nate S 6-1 196 RS FR Milton
14 Senger, Connor QB 5-10 175 FR Milwaukee
15 Duckworth, Jeff WR 6-0 209 RS SR Cincinnati, Ohio
16 Ferguson, Joe S 6-1 197 FR Madison
16 Love, Reggie WR 6-3 210 SO Boynton Beach, Fla.
17 Cadogan, Sherard OLB 6-3 236 RS JR Washington Township, N.J.
18 Baretz, Lance WR 5-11 190 RS SO Franklin
18 Ogunbowale, Dare CB 5-11 186 RS FR Milwaukee
19 Musso, Leo S 5-10 195 RS FR Waunakee
19 Wheelwright, Robert WR 6-2 198 FR Columbus, Ohio
20 Shelton, Sojourn CB 5-9 172 FR Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
20 White, James RB 5-10 195 SR Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
21 Jean, Peniel CB 5-11 187 RS JR West Palm Beach, Fla.
22 Lewis, Jeffrey S 6-2 210 RS JR Brookfield
23 Jackson, Vonte RB 6-1 199 RS FR Kenosha
23 Ponio, Jerry S 6-1 195 RS SR Chicago, Ill
24 Brookins, Keelon S 5-10 193 FR St. Paul, Minn.
25 Gordon, Melvin RB 6-1 207 RS SO Kenosha
26 Johnson, Matt S 6-1 171 FR Cedarburg
26 Straus, Derek FB 6-0 235 RS SO Waunakee
27 Zuleger, Kyle S 5-11 192 RS SR Appleton
28 Hubley, Matt S 6-0 198 FR Waukesha
29 Floyd, Terrance CB 5-10 196 RS SO Boynton Beach, Fla.
30 Landisch, Derek ILB 6-0 230 JR Nashotah
30 Ramesh, Austin RB 6-1 235 FR Land O' Lakes
31 Cummins, Connor WR 6-1 196 RS JR Kettering, Ohio
31 Etienne, Hugs CB 5-11 182 RS FR Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
32 Jacobs, Leon OLB 6-2 225 FR Santa Clarita, Calif.
34 Obasih, Chikwe DE 6-2 245 FR Brookfield
34 Watt, Derek FB 6-2 231 RS SO Pewaukee
36 Armstrong, Ethan OLB 6-2 225 RS SR Ottawa, Ill.
36 Spurling, D.J. FB 5-10 225 FR Slinger
37 MacCudden, Kevin FB 5-11 220 JR Waukesha
38 Steffes, Eric TE 6-3 252 RS FR Mount Calvary
39 Kelliher, Brady LS 6-8 230 FR Sussex, Wis.
41 Fumagalli, Troy TE 6-5 233 FR Naperville, Ill.
41 Hayes, Jesse OLB 6-3 236 RS SO Cincinnati, Ohio
42 Walker, Alex TE 6-4 239 RS FR Glendale
43 Trotter, Michael S 6-0 205 RS JR Racine
44 Borland, Chris ILB 5-11 246 RS SR Kettering, Ohio
45 Herring, Warren NG 6-3 294 RS JR Fairview Heights, Ill.
46 Traylor, Austin TE 6-3 243 RS SO Columbus, Ohio
47 Biegel, Vince OLB 6-4 233 SO Wisconsin Rapids
48 Cichy, Jack OLB 6-2 208 FR Somerset
48 Pedersen, Jacob TE 6-5 240 RS SR Menominee, Mich.
49 Arneson, Sam TE 6-4 254 JR Merrill
50 Harrison, Josh OLB 6-0 234 RS JR Huber Heights, Ohio
51 Dippel, Tyler DE 6-4 270 RS SR Slinger
54 Costigan, Kyle OL 6-5 315 RS JR Wind Lake
54 Rademacher, Jake LB 6-1 235 RS FR Wales
55 Denlinger, Trent OL 6-6 297 RS FR Cuba City
55 Dooley, Garret ILB 6-2 227 FR Rochester, Ill.
56 McGuire, James LS 6-1 216 RS JR St. Paul, Minn.
57 Ruechel, Ben ILB 6-2 225 RS JR Oconto
58 Ninneman, Jacob OL 6-2 288 RS JR Oregon
58 Schobert, Joe OLB 6-2 230 SO Waukesha
59 Trotter, Marcus ILB 6-0 233 RS JR Racine
60 Miller, Matt OL 6-5 275 FR Maumee, Ohio
60 Udelhoven, Connor LS 5-11 223 RS FR St. Paul, Minn.
61 Marz, Tyler OL 6-5 321 RS SO Springfield, Minn.
62 Williams, Walker OL 6-7 322 RS FR Tacoma, Wash.
67 Gill, Chris OL 6-5 294 SR Appleton
70 Voltz, Dan OL 6-3 313 RS FR Barrington, Ill.
71 Ball, Ray OL 6-7 321 RS SO Columbus, Ohio
72 Hemer, Ben OL 6-4 274 FR Medford
73 Lewallen, Dallas OL 6-6 322 RS JR Berlin
74 Biegel, Hayden OL 6-6 281 FR Wisconsin Rapids
75 Matthias, Zac OL 6-5 318 RS SR Hemlock, Mich.
76 McNamara, Aidan OL 6-4 290 FR Madison
77 Gilbert, Bryce NG 6-2 305 RS JR Brookfield
77 Keeler, Jackson OL 6-6 302 FR Barrington, Ill.
78 Havenstein, Rob OL 6-8 327 RS JR Mount Airy, Md.
79 Groy, Ryan OL 6-5 320 RS SR Middleton
81 DeCicco, Brock TE 6-5 250 RS SR Jefferson Hills, Pa.
82 Stengel, Jake WR 6-3 197 RS SO Sheboygan
84 Maly, Austin TE 6-5 240 RS SO Waunakee
85 Endicott, Andrew K 5-9 166 FR Roseville, Calif.
85 Wozniak, Brian TE 6-4 255 RS SR Loveland, Ohio
86 Erickson, Alex WR 6-0 198 RS FR Darlington
87 Hemer, Ethan DE 6-6 285 RS SR Medford
87 Mason, Marquis WR 6-4 224 RS JR Madison
89 Hammond, Chase WR 6-5 210 RS JR Youngstown, Ohio
90 Meyer, Drew P 6-3 185 RS SO Hartland
91 Nethery, Brett P 6-0 200 RS FR Greendale
91 Zagzebski, Konrad DE 6-3 278 RS JR Weston
92 Muldoon, Pat DE 6-3 269 RS SR Mason, Ohio
93 Keefer, Jake DE 6-3 265 RS SO Woodville
94 French, Kyle K 6-1 200 RS JR Menomonee Falls
94 Schmidt, Logan DE 6-4 278 RS FR Gotham
95 Goldberg, Arthur NG 6-3 290 RS FR Mount Lebanon, Pa.
96 Allen, Beau NG 6-3 325 SR Minnetonka, Minn.
97 Kelly, Brendan OLB 6-6 255 RS SR Eden Prairie, Minn.
97 Russell, Jack K 6-0 172 SO Waunakee
98 Salata, Stephen K 6-2 199 RS SO Buffalo Grove, Ill.
99 Adeyanju, James DE 6-2 265 RS SO Chicago, Ill.
Miller, Carl ILB 6-3 213 FR Northbrook, Ill.
Gary Andersen — Head Coach; Dave Aranda — Defensive Coordinator/LBs; Andy Ludwig — Offensive Coordinator/QBs; Chris Beatty — Wide Receivers; Bill Busch — Safeties; Jeff Genyk — Tight Ends/Special Teams Coordinator; Thomas Hammock — Assistant Head Coach/RBs/Recruiting Coordinator; Chad Kauha'aha'a — Defensive Line; Ben Strickland — Cornerbacks; T.J. Woods — Offensive Line; Luke Swan — Graduate Assistant — Offense; Evan Simon — Head Strength & Conditioning Coach; Jamil Walker — Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach; Jeff Zuhlke — Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Aug. 31 — Wisconsin 45, Massachusetts 0
Sept. 7 — Wisconsin 48, Tennessee Tech 0
Sept. 14 — Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30
Sept. 21 — Wisconsin 41, Purdue 10
Sept. 28 — Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24
Oc. 12 — Wisconsin 35, Northwestern 6
Oct. 19 — Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32
Nov. 2 — Wisconsin 28, Iowa 9
Nov. 9 — Wisconsin 27, BYU 17
Nov. 16 — Wisconsin 51, Indiana 3
Nov. 23 — Wisconsin 20, Minnesota 7
Nov. 30 — Penn State 31, Wisconsin 24
All times are Central