Wisconsin Wins Bowl, 9th Straight Game
by Mike Mitchell
P.J. Hill literally ran off the last four minutes of game clock as Wisconsin defeated Arkansas 17-14 in the Capital One Bowl giving Bret Bielema a school-record 12 wins in his first season
as head coach.
The Razorbacks have lost eleven of their last thirteen bowl games.
Arkansas' Darren McFadden appeared to still be bothered by the ankle injury he received in the SEC Championship game and was limited to 89 yards on 15 carries. HE also left the game briefly in the 3rd quarter with a sprained right shoulder.
Felix Jones, however, Arkansas' other 1,000-yard rusher, rumbled for 150 yards and both of the Razorback touchdowns. His first score came on a 76-yard sprint in the first quarter, less than a minute after Wisconsin had taken a 3-0 lead on Taylor Mehlhaff's 52-yard field goal.
John Stocco threw touchdown passes in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to give the Badgers a 17-7 lead before Felix Jones got Arkansas back on the board with a 12-yard run at the 14:08 mark of the final period.
Arkansas missed a 30-yard field goal early in the game, and Mitch Mustain was picked off at the Wisconsin 28-yard line in the third quarter after the Razorbacks had driven from their own 38 to the Badger 30. Arkansas was flagged for 12 penalties for 123 yards to Wisconsin's 4-for-35 yards.
Casey Dick played quarterback for most of the game for Arkansas, but Mustain was inserted for a series in the first half and for their first three series in the third quarter without producing any points.
Wisconsin was limited to a net of minus-5 yards rushing as Hill was kept to 36 yards on 19 carries. Stocco was sacked six times, completed just 14-of-34 passes, and threw 2 interceptions to go with his two touchdowns.
The Badgers won in Orlando for the second straight bowl season after beating Auburn 24-10 in last year's Capital One Bowl. The SEC team has been on the losing end of the last three Capital One Bowls.
Wisconsin finished the season on a 9-game winning streak.
Arkansas ended the year on a 3-game losing skid.