December 28, 1996 in Sports

Wisconsin Steamrolls Utah, 38-10

Associated Press
 

Freshman Ron Dayne rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns Friday night as Wisconsin completed an up-down-and-up football season with a flourish, routing Utah 38-10 in the Copper Bowl at Tucson, Ariz.

The Badgers (8-5) won three non-conference games before an 0-4 start in the Big Ten left them without hope of a major bowl bid. But they recovered with five victories in their last six games, the last three by lopsided scores.

And they finished in style, with the 260-pound Dayne showing off his speed and strength, and the defense setting a Copper Bowl record with four interceptions off Mike Fouts of the Utes (8-4).

Wisconsin 38, Utah 10

Wisconsin 14 17 0 7 - 38 Utah 3 0 7 0 - 10

First quarter

Wis-Samuel 38 run (Hall kick), 4:49.

Utah-FG Pulsipher 24, 11:07.

Wis-Dayne 40 run (Hall kick), 11:49.

Second quarter

Wis-Weems 82 interception return (Hall kick), 1:32.

Wis-FG Hall 38, 12:58.

Wis-Dayne 3 run (Hall kick), 14:18.

Third quarter

Utah-J.Johnson 1 run (Pulsipher kick), 10:46.

Fourth quarter

Wis-Dayne 1 run (Hall kick), 2:29.

A-42,122.

Wis Utah First downs 16 26 Rushes-yards 45-349 31-103 Passing 16 327 Comp-Att-Int 2-6-0 27-49-4 Return Yards 125 8 Punts-Avg. 2-41.0 2-31.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 3-31 2-11 Time of Possession 25:42 34:18

Individual statistics

RUSHING-Wisconsin, Dayne 30-246, Samuel 5-44, McCullough 5-22, Stecker 3-18, C.Williams 1-10, Martin 1-9. Utah, J.Johnson 20-88, Bacon 4-9, Fuamatu-Ma’afala 4-5, Fouts 3-1.

PASSING-Wisconsin, Samuel 2-6-0-16. Utah, Fouts 27-49-4-327.

RECEIVING-Wisconsin, Hayes 1-9, Brown 1-7. Utah, Keehan 6-100, Dyson 6-95, Henry 6-47, Christofferson 3-26, Utu 3-25, Bendinger 1-21, Jahries 1-10, Bacon 1-3.

Carquest Bowl

Tremain Mack scored twice on turnovers and blocked a kick to help the No. 19 Miami Hurricanes overcome the Virginia Cavaliers (7-5) 31-21 in Miami.

Mack’s 79-yard fumble return and 42-yard interception return gave Miami (9-3) a 24-7 halftime lead, and he blocked Rafael Garcia’s 29-yard fieldgoal attempt to protect a 10-point lead in the third quarter.

Miami 31, Virginia 21

Miami 14 10 0 7 - 31 Virginia 7 0 7 7 - 21

First quarter

Mia-Green 70 pass from Clement (Crosland kick), 2:17.

Mia-Mack 79 fumble return (Crosland kick), 11:13.

Va-Crowell 29 pass from Brooks (Garcia kick), 11:52.

Second quarter

Mia-FG Crosland 20, 10:24.

Mia-Mack 42 interception return (Crosland kick), 12:26.

Third quarter

Va-Brooks 1 run (Garcia kick), 2:22.

Fourth quarter

Mia-Tr.Jones 2 run (Crosland kick), 4:46.

Va-Th.Jones 3 run (Garcia kick), 7:03.

A-46,418.

Mia Va First downs 14 20 Rushes-yards 39-60 41-155 Passing 274 169 Comp-Att-Int 16-26-2 15-33-1 Return Yards 121 45 Punts-Avg. 5-33.8 5-37.4 Fumbles-Lost 4-2 2-1 Penalties-Yards 7-70 3-35 Time of Possession 29:41 30:19

Individual statistics

RUSHING-Miami, Tr.Jones 13-45, James 8-31, McMillan 8-5, Joseph 2-2, Williams 2-2, Clement 6-(minus-25). Virginia, Th.Jones 14-67, Brooks 11-60, Medley 4-15, Barber 7-14, Sherman 3-6, Kirby 1-1, Owen (1-minus-8).

PASSING-Miami, Clement 16-26-2-274. Virginia, Brooks 12-23-0-142, Sherman 3-10-1-27.

RECEIVING-Miami, Gaiter 3-101, Tr.Jones 3-13, Green 2-77, Benton 2-33, Daphnis 2-17, C.Jones 1-21, Joseph 1-11, Fulcher 1-11, McMillan 1-(minus-10). Virginia, Crowell 6-98, Owen 4-27, Crawford 1-13, Dotson 1-12, Barber 1-9, Th.Jones 1-7, Medley 1-3.

Liberty Bowl

In Memphis, Tenn., the No. 23 Syracuse Orangemen quickly took control with a running attack keyed by senior Malcolm Thomas, who ran for a career-high 201 yards on 24 carries and scored a touchdown, in whipping the Houston Cougars 30-17.

The Orangemen (9-3) piled up 396 yards rushing and 472 yards total offense against the Cougars (7-5).

Syracuse 30, Houston 17

Syracuse 7 9 0 14 - 30 Houston 7 7 0 3 - 17

First quarter

SYR-McNabb 1 run (Trout kick), 1:44

HOU-Smith 21 pass from Clements (Villareal kick), 3:12

Second quarter

SYR-Konrad 2 run (Trout kick), 9:58

SYR-Foster snap through end zone, 11:02

HOU-Smith 3 run (Villareal kick), 14:30

Fourth quarter

SYR-McNabb 2 run (Trout kick), 1:08

HOU-FG Villareal 23, 4:10

SYR-Thomas 6 run (Trout kick), 9:31

A-49,163.

SYR HOU First downs 25 13 Rushes-yards 64-396 27-124 Passing 76 217 Comp-Att-Int 4-10-0 14-28-1 Return Yards 2 10 Punts-Avg. 4-42.5 3-35.0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 5-41 5-30 Time of Possession 38:01 21:59

Individual statistics

RUSHING-Syracuse, Thomas 24-201, McNabb 12-49, Jones 7-42, Konrad 9-41, K. McIntosh 5-27, Morris 4-22, Maddox 1-13, Brown 1-4, team 1-(minus 3). Houston, A. Smith 19-119, Sanford 6-32, Wheeler 1-0, team 1-(minus 27).

PASSING-Syracuse, McNabb 4-10-0-76. Houston, Clements 14-28-1-217.

RECEIVING-Syracuse, Maddox 2-47, Williams 1-16, Sinceno 1-13. Houston, A. Smith 5-44, Wheeler 3-43, Johnson 2-16, Bryant 1-51, Regimbald 1-51, West 1-12, Sanford 1-0.

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