USC Coach Clay Helton wanted a opposite a script.
No some-more descending behind in a initial half. No some-more personification from behind.
The Trojans were incompetent to accommodate Helton and trailed Wisconsin during halftime on Wednesday night in a Holiday Bowl.
USC came behind to take a lead in a fourth quarter, though a Trojans could not reason on during Qualcomm Stadium.
Wisconsin gathering for a go-ahead margin goal, intercepted a pass by Cody Kessler and hold off a last-minute expostulate to send a Trojans to a 23-21 defeat.
The detriment left a Trojans with an 8-6 record in a deteriorate that began with Steve Sarkisian’s annoying coming during a upholder event, enclosed his banishment 5 games into a deteriorate and eventually landed Helton a full-time job.
Helton and a Trojans can now start scheming for a 2016 deteriorate opener opposite Alabama. First, Helton contingency sinecure a defensive coordinator and several other assistants and make a recruiting pull for inhabitant signing day in February.
He won’t be doing it with movement after a Trojans unsuccessful to rebound behind from a detriment opposite Stanford in a Pac-12 Conference championship game.
USC got a round with 39 seconds left in a game, though a expostulate finished during midfield after 3 Kessler passes fell incomplete.
Justin Davis rushed for dual touchdowns and Kessler upheld for one, though it was not adequate opposite a Wisconsin group that finished 10-3 underneath first-year Coach Paul Chryst.
The Badgers outgained a Trojans, 394-286, in Helton’s final diversion as USC’s play-caller.
Wisconsin went into a diversion ranked initial nationally in scoring invulnerability and in a tip 6 in rushing invulnerability and pass defense. The Badgers pressured Kessler via a diversion and linebacker Jack Cichy sacked Kessler on 3 uninterrupted plays in a fourth quarter.
USC trailed 13-7 during halftime opposite a Wisconsin group with a playbook identical to Stanford’s, if not a same talent.
The Badgers played methodically, determining a round for some-more than 20 minutes.
Wisconsin afterwards non-stop a second half with a expostulate that consumed some-more than 6 mins and culminated with quarterback Joel Stave’s brief touchdown pass to wide-open parsimonious finish Austin Traylor for a 20-7 lead.
The Trojans immediately answered, Kessler joining with receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster along a right sideline for a 39-yard gain.
Receiver Jalen Greene scrambled for 6 yards on an option-pass play to set adult Davis’ four-yard touchdown run that pulled a Trojans to within 7 points.
The Trojans forced Wisconsin to go 3 and out, though that usually set a theatre for a array of futility.
Cichy sacked Kessler on 3 uninterrupted plays to clearly take divided any possibility during momentum.
But USC defensive finish Greg Townsend Jr. sacked Stave on third down to force a punt.
Kessler finished a 17-yard pass to receiver Darreus Rogers, a 25-yard pass to parsimonious finish Tyler Petite and a third-down pass to Smith-Schuster.
That set a theatre for a third-and-four play from a seven-yard line.
Kessler forsaken back, rolled to his right and looked for a receiver using toward a left of a finish zone. But with Wisconsin covering a play well, Kessler was forced to buy time until he found Rogers for a seven-yard strike that put USC ahead, 21-20.
Wisconsin got a round behind with reduction than 6 mins left and Stave gathering a Badgers into USC territory, where Rafael Gaglianone kicked a 29-yard margin goal.
USC got a round behind with 2:28 left, though a Badgers pressured Kessler and Sojourn Shelton intercepted his pass.
Neither group looked really desirous during a outset.
After a scoreless initial quarter, Robert Wheelwright’s leaping, one-handed locate nearby a sideline set adult a margin idea for a 3-0 Wisconsin lead.
The subsequent time Wisconsin got a ball, Stave connected with fullback Derek Watt and parsimonious ends Troy Fumagalli and Austin Traylor to set adult Corey Clement’s six-yard touchdown run. The play was reviewed after Clement seemed to be short.