Wisconsin Finishes Season on Down Note

Wisconsin's offense, with the help of a 50-yard run by P.J. Hill, drove inside the Tennessee 20, but failed to convert on a key fourth-and-two. Tennessee iced the game after Tyler Donovan, who had battled all game long, threw his first interception in the final minutes of the game.

First Half

TAMPA, Fla. - Turnovers, failed conversions and too much space given to the Tennessee offense all contributed to the demise of the Wisconsin Badgers, as they saw their two-game bowl winning streak snapped against the Volunteers, falling 21-17 on New Year's Day. Full coverage from Badger Nation to follow ...

First Quarter

7-0 Tennessee

9 plays, 66 yards, 2:33 TOP, 9:49 remaining

Gerald Jones three-yard run on a QB draw (Daniel Lincoln kick).

Key Play: On third and 11, UT QB Erik Ainge found WR Denarius Moore in traffic. Going for the interceptions, CB Josh Nettles over persued, allowing Moore to go free for 40 yards.


5 plays, 22 yards, 2:16 TOP, 7:33 remaining

Tyler Donovan six-yard scramble (Taylor Mehlhaff kick).

Key Play: Following the Tennessee touchdown, David Gilreath gave the Badgers the momentum right back, returning the kickoff 60 yards down to the Tennessee 22-yard line.

Second Quarter

14-7 Tennessee

3 plays, 59 yards, :57 TOP, 9:45 remaining

Josh Brisco 29-yard pass from Ainge (Lincoln kick).

Key Play: Brisco was not picked up off the line of scrimmage and Aubrey Pleasant was late coming over, giving Ainge a wide-open target.

21-7 Tennessee

4 plays, 51 yards, 1:40 TOP, 6:15 remaining

Brad Cotton 31-yard pass from Ainge (Lincoln kick).

Key Play: Cotton was wide-open in the flat, as the Badgers failed to pick up the senior tight end out of the flat.

21-14 Tennessee

9 plays, 70 yards, 5:12 TOP, 1:03 remaining

Andy Crooks four-yard pass from Donovan (Mehlhaff kick).

Key Play: On a little tight-end pop pass, Crooks help sell the run and released to the back of the end zone, where he caught his first pass of the year for the wide-open touchdown.

Second Half

Third Quarter

21-17 Tennessee

10 plays, 49 yards, 4:06 TOP, :09 remaining

FG Mehlhaff 27

Key Play: On third and five inside the 10, Wisconsin was flagged for illegal formation. The flag did not matter much, as the Badgers attempt to run a halfback pitch was snuffed out by Tennessee.

Fourth Quarter

No Scoring

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