The Wisconsin Badgers degraded a Miami Hurricanes 34-24 in a 2017 Orange Bowl on Saturday night during Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Wisconsin’s Alex Hornibrook threw for a career-high 258 yards and 4 touchdowns on 23-of-34 passing, while Jonathan Taylor carried a round 26 times for 130 yards.
ESPN.com’s David Hale suspicion Hornibrook was unrecognizable from his progressing self this year:
Crooked Halery @DavidHaleESPN
I don’t know what Alex Hornibrook did during a past month, though it was really time good spent. Hard to trust this is a same QB who played Ohio State in a B1G pretension game.
ESPN announcer Adam Amin praised Wisconsin control manager Paul Chryst for formulating a plan to cover for Hornibrook’s weaknesses:
Adam Amin @adamamin
Tonight is a illusory matrimony of Hornibrook personification good and Paul Chryst conceptualizing and executing a ruin of a gameplan.
Taylor also done story in a victory. He finished with 1,977 rushing yards for a season, that are a many ever for a freshman, according to Wisconsin Football. Adrian Peterson (1,925 yards in 2004) hold a prior mark.
Wisconsin due most of a success Saturday to a 21-point second quarter. Miami seemed to be in a driver’s chair in a initial frame.
The Hurricanes pennyless out a turnover sequence on a initial expostulate of a diversion when Taylor fumbled on a fourth play from scrimmage. Then, a span of touchdown runs gave Miami a 14-3 lead during a finish of a initial quarter. USA Today‘s Dan Wolken suspicion a Hurricanes were looking like a higher team:
Dan Wolken @DanWolken
This has been an jaunty mismatch
However, Hornibrook responded with 3 touchdown passes in a second quarter, with a final TD chuck entrance 28 seconds from halftime to assistance put a Badgers forward 24-14. ESPN common a replay of a pass, that was Danny Davis III’s second touchdown accepting of a quarter:
The Badgers tighten out a initial half on a high note, holding a 24-14 lead over Miami. https://t.co/n2SnU0voI6
Hurricanes control manager Mark Richt supposing a assisting palm on a drive, as referees assessed him with an unsportsmanlike control chastisement that changed a round adult to a 5-yard line to set adult a 1st-and-goal. ESPN College Football showed Richt’s evidence and strike with a referee:
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Mark Richt mislaid his mind during a finish of a initial half. https://t.co/CiGLl8ig5D
Some questioned either Richt should’ve been ejected altogether, given Kentucky Wildcats using behind Benny Snell was ejected from a Music City Bowl on Friday for an incident with a referee. Richt remained in a game, though his participation didn’t change most for Miami in a second half.
Missed opportunities summed adult a final dual buliding for a Hurricanes.
They reached a Wisconsin 24-yard line before Malik Rosier threw an interception with 8:48 left in a third quarter, that set adult a 47-yard margin idea for Rafael Gaglianone to put Wisconsin adult 27-21. Two security later, Miami had a 1st-and-10 during a Badgers’ 28-yard line though changed a round only 4 yards and staid for a 41-yard margin idea by Michael Badgley to separate a deficit.
Hornibrook responded by pushing Wisconsin 75 yards for a touchdown to make it a two-score game, and Miami’s quip hopes mostly finished when Badgley’s 24-yard try strike off a right honest with 4:34 remaining.
The good news for Miami is Saturday’s better doesn’t take divided from what should be a splendid future. Beyond defensive ends Chad Thomas and Trent Harris, a Hurricanes should remove few of their pivotal defenders, while they should have 8 of their descent starters return.
Most importantly, Richt will have no necessity of quarterbacks from that to choose. Rosier is a redshirt junior, and N’Kosi Perry redshirted a 2017 season. The Hurricanes also combined Jarren Williams to their 2018 recruiting class. Williams is a No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in a country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Improved quarterback play will be vicious for Miami to pierce serve toward inhabitant pretension row in 2018, and a Hurricanes should be means to grasp that goal—whether it’s with Rosier or one of their younger passers.
Likewise, Wisconsin will feel good about a chances of removing double-digit wins for a fifth true year. The Badgers equivocate personification Ohio State and Michigan State and have winnable nonconference games opposite Western Kentucky, New Mexico and BYU in 2018.
The biggest doubt will be how defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard handles a section that loses some-more than half of a starters. Under Leonhard, a Wisconsin invulnerability continued a success Dave Aranda and afterwards Justin Wilcox had built.
If a Badgers can once again be a widespread defensive team, a participation of Hornibrook and Taylor could make them critical inhabitant pretension contenders.