Wisconsin rallies past Miami, breaks school record for wins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alex Hornibrook’s first pass in Saturday’s Orange Bowl was a wobbler, one that seemed to slip out of his hand.

Nearly everything else he threw was just about perfect.

Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three to Danny Davis, and sixth-ranked Wisconsin set a school record for wins in a season by rallying for a 34-24 win over No. 11 Miami.

“We were pretty relaxed,” said Hornibrook, who completed 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards, going 20-for-25 in the final three quarters as the Badgers improved to 13-1. “We knew we had what it takes to win this game.”

The Big Ten — shut out of the College Football Playoff after Wisconsin lost to Ohio State in the conference title game — improved to 7-0 in bowls this season.

“You play the whole season and you earn what you get and I’m proud of this team,” said Badgers coach Paul Chryst. “They can call themselves Orange Bowl champions. That’s pretty big.”

Jonathan Taylor ran for 130 yards on 26 carries for Wisconsin, which trailed 14-3 after one quarter. Taylor finished the year with 1,977 yards, a Football Bowl Subdivision record for a freshman.

A.J. Taylor also had a scoring catch for Wisconsin.

The Hurricanes had the ball for just 20 minutes, 8 seconds, and Malik Rosier was intercepted three times.

“They did a really good job making me throw balls into tight coverage,” Rosier said.

Miami coach Mark Richt was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct late in the first half, after losing his cool while arguing with officials about what replays showed was a missed holding call that would have pushed Wisconsin back. Richt grabbed at head linesman Gus Morris while pleading his case, as Miami security personnel unsuccessfully tried to keep the coach calm.

“Apologies to anyone who can read lips,” Richt said.



Saturday’s Results

TaxSlayer Bowl • At Jacksonville, Fla.

Mississippi St. 31, Louisville 27

Liberty Bowl • At Memphis, Tenn.

Iowa St. 21, Memphis 20

Fiesta Bowl • At Glendale, Ariz.

Penn St. 35, Washington 28

Orange Bowl • At Miami Gardens, Fla.

Wisconsin 34, Miami 24

Monday’s Games (HST)

Outback Bowl • At Tampa, Fla.

Michigan (8-4) vs. South Carolina (8-4), 7 a.m. (ESPN2)

Peach Bowl • At Atlanta

C. Florida (12-0) vs. Auburn (10-3), 7:30 a.m. (ESPN)

Citrus Bowl • At Orlando, Fla.

Notre Dame (9-3) vs. LSU (9-3), 8 a.m. (ABC)

Rose Bowl (CFP Semifinal)

At Pasadena, Calif.

Oklahoma (12-1) vs. Georgia (12-1), 12:10 p.m. (ESPN)

Sugar Bowl (CFP Semifinal)

At New Orleans

Clemson (12-1) vs. Alabama (11-1), 3:45 p.m. (ESPN)