It’s almost getting to be like clockwork for the Wisconsin Badgers. Play a New Year’s Day bowl game, come away with a loss. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw seemed to be able to do whatever he wanted to the Badgers defense as the Gamecocks defeated the Badgers 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl.
Shaw was named game MVP after completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns. The senior quarterback also ran for a score and caught, yes caught, a touchdown.
It seemed like no matter who Shaw was throwing to and how covered that receiver was, it was a completion and usually a long one at that. The Badgers poor secondary was brutally exposed once again, just like it was against Penn State in the season finale.
Sure the Badgers were able to rack up plenty of yards on the ground, as Melvin Gordon (143 yards) and James White (107 yards) became the all-time FBS single-season rushing duo, running for 3,053 yards. But neither were able to find the end zone.
Quarterback Joel Stave did not have a very good game, even though he did throw for two touchdowns. But he also had one interception (a very fluke play) and only 80 yards on 9 of 13 passing before going out of the game in the third quarter due to a shoulder injury. After that the game took a different feel and you could tell it turned in the Gamecocks favor.
While South Carolina (11-2) won its third consecutive bowl game, the Badgers (9-4) have dropped four straight and six of their last seven bowl games.