Scores

Final/OT

Cal Poly 35

(8-2, 3-1 away)

Wisconsin 36

(7-5, 5-2 home)

3:30 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

1 2 3 4 OT T
CP 7 13 3 6 635
WIS 0 14 7 8 736

Top Performers

Passing: D. Sherer (WIS) - 245 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Clay (WIS) - 11 CAR, 107 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Barden (CP) - 6 REC, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Missed kicks crush Cal Poly's upset bid vs. Wisconsin

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin escaped an upset bid by Cal Poly of the Football Championship Subdivision, mounting a late comeback and capitalizing on three missed extra points to win 36-35 in overtime Saturday on John Clay's second touchdown of the game.

The victory improves Wisconsin to 7-5 and makes it likely the Badgers will be invited to a bowl game, a bittersweet accomplishment for a team that began the season with expectations of contending for a Big Ten title and at one point climbed into the top 10 in the rankings.

Wisconsin looked headed for another disappointing loss midway through the fourth quarter as James Noble punched it in from 2 yards to give Cal Poly a 29-21 lead. But Andrew Gardner missed his second extra point of the game, leaving an opening for the Badgers.

Wisconsin quarterback Dustin Sherer took advantage of the opportunity, marching Wisconsin 89 yards in nine plays. The drive was capped by P.J. Hill's 3-yard touchdown run. Wisconsin again handed off to Hill on the 2-point try, tying up the game.

The Mustangs had a chance to win the game with 12 seconds left after bringing in sophomore Jake West, who handles kickoffs, to try a 46-yard field goal. But West, whose long field in high school was 32 yards, came up about 15 yards short.

Cal Poly (8-2) struck back on the first play of overtime. Quarterback Jonathan Dally hit Ramses Barden for a 25-yard touchdown, the 19th straight game in which Barden has hauled in a TD pass.

But Gardner missed again, this time clanking the extra point try off the right upright.

Wisconsin gave the ball to Clay three times on its OT possession, and he scored from 6 yards out. Philip Welch kicked the extra point to seal the win. Clay rushed for 107 yards.

Cal Poly, ranked No. 3 in the FCS coaches poll, used its wing-T formation to rush for 276 yards, the most Wisconsin has given up this season. Dally led the Mustangs with 213 total yards and two scores, one through the air and one on the ground.

For Wisconsin, Hill's 59 yards rushing put him over 1,000 yards for the third straight season, only the second Badger to accomplish that.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CP
WIS
1st Downs2317
Total Yards371429
Passing95245
Rushing276184
Penalties1-52-10
3rd Down Conversions9-175-11
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Turnovers02
Possession39:5920:01

Passing Leaders

Cal PolyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dally8/16955.910
WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sherer13/2224511.111

Rushing Leaders

Cal PolyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dally231185.1121
Noble15815.4118
WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clay111079.7227
Hill14594.2213

Receiving Leaders

Cal PolyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barden68313.8131
Tolver2126.007
WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gilreath412531.3049
Anderson45513.8021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCPWIS
TD06:13Ryan Mole 2 Yd Run. (Andrew Gardner Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERCPWIS
TD08:42Tredale Tolver 40 Yd Punt Return. (Pat Failed) 130
TD06:13John Clay 17 Yd Run. (Philip Welch Kick) 137
TD01:15Jonathan Dally 2 Yd Run. (Andrew Gardner Kick) 207
TD00:42Nick Toon 26 Yd Pass From Dustin Sherer. (Philip Welch Kick) 2014
THIRD QUARTERCPWIS
FG02:32Andrew Gardner 35 Yd 2314
TD01:11P.J. Hill 10 Yd Run. (Philip Welch Kick) 2321
FOURTH QUARTERCPWIS
TD08:12James Noble 2 Yd Run. (Pat Failed) 2921
TD01:42P.J. Hill 3 Yd Run. (P.J. Hill Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2929
OVERTIMECPWIS
TDRamses Barden 25 Yd Pass From Jonathan Dally. (Pat Failed) 3529
TDJohn Clay 6 Yd Run. (Philip Welch Kick) 3536