Vols 21, Badgers 17

What follows is a quarter-by-quarter recap of Tennessee's 21-17 defeat of Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl at Tampa.

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UT 0 Quarter 1 15:00 0 WI

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The Vols marched 66 yards on their second possession of the Outback Bowl, scoring on a three-yard run by Gerald Jones out of the G-Gun formation. Wisconsin retaliated five plays later on a six-yard scramble by quarterback Tyler Donovan. Tennessee should've scored again but a "fumble-rooskie" handoff from Erik Ainge to Lennon Creer was botched at the Badger 15-yard line and recovered by Wisconsin.
KEY PLAY

Facing 3rd and 11 at the Vol 33-yard line, Tennessee's Erik Ainge threw a 20-yard strike to Denarius Moore, who broke a tackle and raced another 20 yards to complete a 40-yard play. UT scored six plays later to go up 7-0.

KEY PLAYER

Gerald Jones. A high snap threw off the timing on the G-Gun play and he was popped at the line of scrimmage. Jones bounced off the hit, however, and squirted into the end zone.

KEY STAT

Tennessee piled up 139 yards of total offense but managed just 7 points because of the fumbled fumble-rooskie.



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UT 7 Quarter 1 00:00 7 WI

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Tennessee's offense was dominant, scoring on a three-play 59-yard drive and a four-play 51-yard drive to build a 21-7 lead. The first drive was capped by a 29-yard strike from Ainge to Josh Briscoe, the second by a 31-yard toss from Ainge to Brad Cottam. Wisconsin closed to 21-14 when Donovan hit reserve tight end Andy Crooks with a four-yard TD pass just 1:03 short of intermission.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-five at the Wisconsin 45-yard line, Ainge found Denarius Moore for a 15-yard gain. Ainge hit Cottam for the Vols' final TD on the very next play.

KEY PLAYER

Ainge. The Vol QB was 6 for 6 passing for 112 yards on the two TD drives.

KEY STAT

Wisconsin superstar tight end Travis Beckum was held without a catch in the entire first half.



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UT 21 Quarter 2 00:00 14 WI

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After gaining 296 first-half yards, Tennessee's offense suffered a third-quarter meltdown. With the Vol attack stalling, Wisconsin eventually moved into position for a 27-yard Taylor Mehlhaff field goal that narrowed the gap to 21-17.
KEY PLAY

On third-and-five at the UT 10-yard line, Jonathan Hefney stopped Badger tailback Lance Smith for no gain, forcing Wisconsin to settle for a field goal.

KEY PLAYER

Tennessee's defense. Given how poorly the offense played in the quarter, the Vols were lucky to maintain the lead.

KEY STAT

Tennessee mustered just 12 yards of total offense in the period - 24 passing and minus-12 rushing.



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UT 21 Quarter 3 00:00 17 WI

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Both offenses were comically inept in the final period. Tennessee advanced to the Wisconsin 11-yard line only to have a 28-yard Daniel Lincoln field goal blocked. The Badgers moved to the Vol 10-yard line only to throw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-two. UT moved to the Wisconsin 40-yard line before stalling, then the Badgers marched to the Vol 35 before throwing a game-sealing interception.
KEY PLAY

Little-used backup safety Antonio Wardlow cut in front of 6-5 Kyle Jefferson to make the game-saving interception on Wisconsin's final drive.

KEY PLAYER

Wardlow. The sophomore had zero interceptions and zero pass breakups in the first 13 games, so his first big defensive play of the year couldn't have come at a better time.

KEY STAT

Wisconsin went 63 and 62 yards on its final two possessions but came away with zero points.



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UT 21 Quarter 4 00:00 17 WI

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Game #: 1143
Site: Tampa
Date: Jan. 1
Conference: Big10
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Badgers - Bielema


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