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CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL

Final

(15) Miami (FL) 14

(9-4, 5-3 ACC)

(25) Wisconsin 20

(10-3, 5-3 Big Ten)

8:00 PM ET, December 29, 2009

Florida Citrus Bowl, ORLANDO, FL

1 2 3 4 T
#15MIA 7 0 0 714
#25WIS 7 10 0 320

Top Performers

Passing: J. Harris (MIA) - 188 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Clay (WIS) - 22 CAR, 121 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Kendricks (WIS) - 7 REC, 128 YDS

Clay rushes for 121 yards as Wisconsin beats Miami

Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- All that Miami speed was no match for the big, bad Badgers.

John Clay had 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns, powering Wisconsin (No. 25 BCS, No. 24 AP) past Miami (No. 15 BCS, No. 14 AP) 20-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday night.

Clay ran through, over and around the Hurricanes to help the Badgers (10-3) earn their first victory over a ranked opponent this season and claim a big win for the Big Ten.

"That's Wisconsin football, just wearing a defense down," said Clay, who was selected bowl MVP. "The third quarter, fourth quarter, I could just see them sucking wind and holding their waists."

Fast Facts

• Big Ten Player of the Year John Clay ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns as Wisconsin notched its first 10-win season since 2006.

• The tight ends killed the Hurricanes all-game as Lance Kendricks and Garrett Graham had a combined 13 catches for 205 yards.

• The Big Ten is now 1-0 in bowl games this season after finishing 1-6 last season (Iowa's defeat of South Carolina was the only win last season).

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Scott Tolzien threw for 260 yards, and Montee Ball added 61 yards rushing for a Wisconsin team touted as too big and too slow for the dynamic Hurricanes. None of that seemed to matter when the Badgers were powering the ball down the field.

"The way we were running the ball, I had it pretty easy," Tolzien said. "I just had to find a way to get a few passes to our receivers."

Miami's Jacory Harris struggled before throwing a touchdown pass to Thearon Collier with 1:22 remaining. The Hurricanes recovered the onside kick, but Harris threw incomplete on fourth down to end any hope of a comeback.

Harris, who threw for 188 yards, was slowed by an injured right thumb, a brace around his left leg and a Badgers team that smothered him with five sacks. Wisconsin's running game helped it hold the ball for nearly 40 minutes, leaving little time for Miami to work.

"Against this type of team, you got to put up points and put them up fast, because they can hold the ball for so long," Harris said. "They had a lot of defensive pressure, but at the same time, I got to get the ball out quicker."

Miami also lost Graig Cooper to a right knee injury in the second quarter, a big reason why the Hurricanes (9-4) will have to wait at least another year to end their drought of 10-win seasons.

The Badgers made sure of that. Even if they didn't show it at the start.

Sam Shields took a reverse from Cooper on the opening kickoff, zipped up the middle, then cut down the left sideline for a touchdown. But an illegal block in the back on the play returned the ball to the Wisconsin 16-yard line.

Shields was credited with an 84-yard return, a Hurricanes bowl record. Cooper had a 16-yard touchdown run on the next play that gave Miami the lead 23 seconds into the game.

That was about the only thing that went wrong for the Badgers.

Their big and bulky lines bullied the fleet Hurricanes, whose all white jerseys -- almost all complete with long sleeves on the brisk 50-degree night -- parted to a sea of Wisconsin red on both sides of the ball.

Clay had all sorts of seams to run through, and he bulldozed his way to the rest of his yards.

The Big Ten offensive player of the year ripped through a hole for a 52-yard run, and followed that with his second 3-yard TD run of the game to put Wisconsin ahead 14-7 in the second quarter.

Phillip Welch added a 37-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the half and a 29-yarder with 4:01 remaining in the game that made it 20-7.

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out if you got the ball longer than they do, you have a better chance of scoring more points," Badgers coach Bret Bielema said.

But they blew a chance to send Miami home early.

Garrett Graham caught a 20-yard pass at the Hurricanes 5, fumbled after a hard hit by Brandon Harris and the ball was recovered by Miami's Randy Phillips in the end zone.

The Hurricanes never could take advantage.

Harris later fumbled after being sacked by O'Brien Schofield with 7:49 remaining. The ball was recovered by J.J. Watt.

The Hurricanes tried to rally late, but Harris' errant pass to Collier on fourth down ended Miami's hopes of its first 10-win season since 2003.

"We just couldn't get in a rhythm up front like we thought we should have and we thought we were going to be able to," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "We had negative plays. You can't take negative plays. When we were trying to run the football, we had miscues up front. The communication factor finally got us."

Only adding to Miami's offseason problems was Cooper's nasty fall.

He took a kickoff 27 yards before he lost his footing and tumbled to the ground on the patchy Florida Citrus Bowl field. He clutched his right knee and was examined by trainers for about 5 minutes.

Cooper was barely able to stand as he was helped off the field by teammates Javarris James and Damien Berry. Shannon said he will be evaluated when the team returns to Miami.

"Things just didn't happen our way," Shannon said. "I can't explain why."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
WIS
1st Downs1417
Total Yards249430
Passing188260
Rushing61170
Penalties3-206-60
3rd Down Conversions2-116-14
4th Down Conversions0-30-0
Turnovers13
Possession20:4539:15

Passing Leaders

Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harris16/291886.510
WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tolzien19/2626010.001

Rushing Leaders

Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper5295.8116
Berry4297.3023
WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clay221215.5252
Ball15614.1024

Receiving Leaders

Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Streeter14747.0047
Collier5418.2114
WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kendricks712818.3037
Graham67712.8022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIAWIS
TD14:37Graig Cooper 16 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick) 70
TD07:12John Clay 3 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERMIAWIS
TD08:07John Clay 3 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 714
FG00:12Philip Welch 37 Yd 717
FOURTH QUARTERMIAWIS
FG04:01Philip Welch 29 Yd 720
TD01:22Thearon Collier 14 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Matt Bosher Kick) 1420