Davis disappointed with final run

Storied senior tailback ends career with 79-yard day

TAMPA, Fla. — Senior tailback Anthony Davis was one of 24 seniors who finished their UW careers Saturday in the Outback Bowl. He was one of the most recognizable faces on the team and in the nation, thanks to a successful career, in which he finished second on UW's all-time list with 4,676 career rushing yards, behind only Ron Dayne's 7,125. he also passed former Minnesota running back Darrell Thompson (4,654) for fifth place on the Big Ten's career rushing list.

The senior, though, did not finish on an ideal note. Davis had only 79 yards on 21 carries, including one rush of 25 yards, in Wisconsin's 24-21 loss to Georgia.

"I'm not happy with my performance," Davis said.

While the numbers certainly are not bad, they are much lower than Davis' typical performances when healthy, has he was Saturday. His 79-yard day put a wrap on a 973-yard season, just shy of a third career 1,000-yard campaign.

Davis put up a combined 3,021 yards in his freshman and sophomore years but injuries to his ankle, eye and thigh held him back as a junior and senior. After re-injuring his thigh in Wisconsin's 49-14 loss to Michigan State, he sat out all of Wisconsin's 30-7 loss to Iowa, ending his regular season on the bench.

He came healthy and ready to play Saturday but Georgia came ready to face him, holding him to under 100 yards for the third time this season in the eight games he played.

"Anthony Davis was the whole key to the game. I was very impressed with him," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "He's a very physical runner, elusive, he could take some licks and keep getting up and deliver blows himself. …I didn't know if we could contain him. … I thought he ran the ball very well."

Wisconsin expected Georgia to focus on Davis and load up the box against him, as they did Saturday.

"We didn't have to make any adjustments," Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez said. "We were trying to hit north and south. Instead of running our stretch play, we wanted to go more north and south and get up and down and maybe get some cut backs."

Normally an adept pass blocker in blitz protection, Davis struggled against Georgia Saturday, in large part because of the precarious situations he had to face.

Late in the game a blown assignment by right tackle Morgan Davis allowed Georgia defensive end David Pollack to bear down on quarterback John Stocco, with only Davis in his way. Pollack beat that block and then ripped the ball out of Stocco's hands as the two barreled to the turf.

"We didn't have any matchups where we tried to have Anthony on David Pollack," offensive coordinator Brian White said. "I can promise you that."

Earlier in the game Anthony Davis was isolated in pass protection with blitzing free safety Thomas Davis, who dispatched Davis on his way to sacking Stocco.

"[Davis] probably should have chopped him instead of trying to stay up high," Alvarez said. "That kid's coming off the edge with probably a 15-yard run. He's a big, strong safety."

Davis did lead the Badgers with four pass receptions, picking up 19 yards in the process.

"We came out and didn't pull a victory out," Davis said. "I'm not happy with that."

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