NCAAF Game Recap - Miami (FL) at Wisconsin
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:15 PM EST

Okla
34
Ala
45
F
ND
3
Clem
30
F
Fla
41
Mich
15
F
IASt
26
WaSt
28
F
WVU
18
Syr
34
F
NW
31
Utah
20
F
NCSt
13
TxAM
52
F
BC
Boise
Canc
Mizzu
33
OkSt
38
F
Minn
34
GATec
10
F
Cal
7
TCU
10
F OT
Temp
27
Duke
56
F
MiaFL
3
Wisc
35
F
Bayl
45
Vand
38
F
Purd
14
Aub
63
F
SCar
0
UVA
28
F
ArkSt
13
Nev
16
F OT
Cin
35
VaTec
31
F
Stan
14
Pitt
13
F
MSU
6
Oreg
7
F

Dec 27, 2018, 5:15 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Miami (FL) (7-6)

3

0

0

0

3

Wisconsin (8-5)

14

0

7

14

35

Taylor runs for 205 yards in Wisconsin's Pinstripe victory
Fri Dec 28, 2018 10:11 AM

NEW YORK (AP) Jonathan Taylor played tour guide for his Wisconsin teammates who had never visited New York. They hit the usual landmarks with trips to Lincoln Center and Times Square. Taylor even gave his buds a taste of the luxe life with a window-shopping jaunt along Fifth Avenue.

"It's real fun to see those guys looking at all those sights," said Taylor, a New Jersey native. "New York has a lot to offer."

Taylor gave the Badgers one more dazzling sight to see, and the nation's leading rusher heads home with his own sweet souvenir - an MVP trophy.

Taylor ran for 205 yards and a touchdown and topped the 2,000-yard season mark to help Wisconsin rout Miami 35-3 in a chilly Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday night.

"We've got the best back in the country," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said after he accepted the Pinstripe trophy from Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner.

There are few in football who would argue that point. Taylor, just a sophomore, ripped off runs of 39 and 41 yards at Yankee Stadium and combined with a defense that forced five turnovers to help a Wisconsin (8-5) team ranked fourth in the first AP Top 25 poll salvage its fifth straight bowl victory. The loss had to seem like a rerun for Miami: Taylor ran for 130 yards in Wisconsin's 34-24 win over the Hurricanes last season in the Orange Bowl.

"Definitely playing them last year, it helped out a lot," Taylor said.

Taylor, who finished with 2,194 yards rushing and 16 TDs, has been a bright spot for a team that failed to come close to lofty expectations.

"What JT's done, it's as good as there is," Chryst said.

Both teams were ranked inside the top 15 last December. A year later, Wisconsin and Miami (7-6) both showed at times why two teams that opened the season inside the top 10 were stuck playing in a ho-hum bowl game with temperatures in the 30s and a sparse crowd in the Bronx. Miami's Malik Rosier threw three interceptions before he was replaced late in the third quarter; Wisconsin's Rafael Gaglianone whiffed on two field goals.

The Badgers, certainly used to the cold, came out swinging for the fences - they scored two touchdowns just 3 1/2 minutes into the game and seemingly knocked the will out of Miami. Jack Coan made the most of his start for injured Alex Hornibrook (concussion) and hit Kendric Taylor for a 35-yard TD on the first drive. Rosier's first pass of the game was intercepted and Taylor capitalized with a 7-yard score to make it 14-0.

Coan is a Long Island native and needed nearly 50 tickets for friends and family. He ran right for a 7-yard touchdown in the fourth for a 28-3 lead that made it worth the trip for the thousands of fans in red - an unseemly sight in June at Yankee Stadium - that stuck it out to the end. Coan made his fifth appearance this season and burned his eligibility to take a redshirt year.

It sure seemed worth it for Wisconsin.

Coan was the home state star but Taylor put a final exclamation point on a season that made one of college football's top stars.

Taylor had 117 yards rushing at halftime and finished with his fifth 200-yard game this season, not bad for a running back that averaged 165.8 yards per game. He joined Ron Dayne and Melvin Gordon as Wisconsin's 2,000-yard rushers.

"The thing I've appreciated as much as anything is how he's done it, the way that he works, the teammate that he is," Chryst said.

Rosier got the start over N'Kosi Perry, who had a rocky season and faced heat for two questionable Snapchat posts, in a move that was quickly second-guessed. His third interception of the game was turned into Alex Ingold's 2-yard touchdown and a 21-3 lead. Perry eventually checked into the game - but Taylor and Coan had long turned this one into a rout and the Hurricanes offense again was a sore spot (169 total yards).

"Things have got to get fixed," coach Mark Richt said. "That will be the No. 1 priority".

BLOWN AWAY

The Hurricanes played without center Tyler Gauthier (academics) and punter Zach Feagles (leaving the program).

ROOTING QBs

Former Wisconsin star Russell Wilson sent a videotaped message of support and former Miami QB Jim Kelly, who is battling cancer, appeared at midfield for the coin toss. Kelly also presented Taylor with the MVP trophy.

TAKEAWAY

Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz's final game before he leaves for Temple was a dud. The Badgers had 406 total yards.

Wisconsin needs to put a better team around Taylor to become a threat in the Big 10.

HE SAID IT

"They might get worried or they might see opportunity. We'll see," Richt said of potential recruits.

UP NEXT

Miami: Is Perry the answer at QB? Jarren Williams, who flirted with transferring, should push Perry for the No. 1 spot and both will try and win the job in training camp. Richt said Williams has "an outstanding shot" at competing for the job.

Wisconsin: Taylor returns for his junior season as a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy and will try and keep the Badgers in the College Football Playoff race.

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Passing

MiaFL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Rosier 12 5 41.7 0 46 22 3 13.2
N. Perry 5 1 20.0 0 2 2 1 0.0
Wisc Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Coan 11 6 54.5 1 73 35 1 67.6

Rushing

MiaFL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Rosier 3 90 30.0 62 0
T. Homer 10 16 1.6 8 0
Wisc Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Taylor 27 205 7.6 41 1
T. Deal 10 52 5.2 14 1

Receiving

MiaFL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
L. Cager 1 22 22.0 22 0
T. Homer 3 14 4.7 12 0
Wisc Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Pryor 1 35 35.0 35 1
J. Ferguson 2 15 7.5 10 0

Fumbles

MiaFL F FL
T. Homer 1 1

Returning

MiaFL KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Dallas 3 18.0 0 28 2 18.0 0 35
Wisc KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Dunn 0 - 0 0 4 1.8 0 4

Punting

MiaFL Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Spicer 5 205 41.0 47
Wisc Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Lotti 4 139 34.8 45

Takeaways

MiaFL Int Yds InTD
J. Johnson 1 0 0
Wisc Int Yds InTD
T. Edwards 1 3 0
E. Burrell 1 30 0

Team Stats Comparison

MiaFL Wisc
Points For 3 35
Total Yards 169 406
Rushing Yards 121 333
Passing Yards 48 73
Passing Completions / Attempts 6/17 6/11
Turnovers 5 1
Interceptions Thrown 4 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 1/0
First Downs 6 20
Penalties - Yards 1/5 1/15
Time Of Possession 13:13 47:47
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/11 6/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 5/41 4/35

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter MiaFL Wisc
Wisc 3:04 TD Kendric Pryor 35 yd pass from Jack Coan (Rafael Gaglianone kick) 0 7
Wisc 3:30 TD Jonathan Taylor 7 yd run (Rafael Gaglianone kick) 0 14
MiaFL 13:45 FG Bubba Baxa 33 yd FG 3 14
2nd Quarter MiaFL Wisc
No scores this quarter
3rd Quarter MiaFL Wisc
Wisc 11:24 TD Alec Ingold 2 yd run (Rafael Gaglianone kick) 3 21
4th Quarter MiaFL Wisc
Wisc 5:01 TD Jack Coan 7 yd run (Rafael Gaglianone kick) 3 28
Wisc 14:52 TD Taiwan Deal 1 yd run (Rafael Gaglianone kick) 3 35

Game Information

Stadium: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Attendance: 37,821
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