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Wisconsin wins Cotton Bowl 24-16, only Western Michigan loss

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Troy Fumagalli had highlight catches for Wisconsin even before the big tight end's leaping 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and his 26-yard gain on third down that effectively wrapped up the Cotton Bowl victory.

The game's offensive MVP also had a nifty one-handed grab on third down with his left hand - the one missing an index finger since right after his birth - to extend the eighth-ranked Badgers' opening touchdown drive. There was another leaping two-handed catch in the first half of a 24-16 victory Monday that denied Western Michigan a perfect season.

''It's special,'' said Fumagalli, a junior. ''It's a great feeling to come out on top.''

Fumagalli had seven passes thrown his way, and the 6-foot-6 junior caught six of them. The last two clinched the third consecutive bowl victory for the Big Ten runner-up Badgers (11-3).

After his TD catch between two defenders in the back of the end zone with 12:26 left made it 24-10, Western Michigan (13-1) took 9 minutes to score. Wisconsin was able to run out the clock after Fumagalli's big play on third-and-8.

''He's unbelievable,'' Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck said.

With their ''Row The Boat'' mentality inspired by Fleck, the 12th-ranked Broncos (13-1) went from one win during his first season in Kalamazoo three years ago to the last FBS team other than No. 1 Alabama this season with a chance to be undefeated.

''Told them I was very proud of them, how much I love them, and the effort they gave,'' Fleck said about what he told his team on the sideline just before the end of the game. ''We will continue to learn from this. We will embrace our past to create our future, and it just wasn't enough tonight.''

The Badgers, who finished with 11 wins for the fourth time in seven seasons, were clearly bigger and stronger - especially up front. Their offensive line averaged about three inches and 45 pounds more than the WMU defensive front.

Wisconsin set the tone early, with rushing touchdowns on its first two drives to lead 14-0 against the Group of Five team.

Fumagalli's TD came three plays after a rare interception by senior Zach Terrell, who finished with 33 touchdowns and four picks - the last by Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards.

''It kind of left a bad taste in our mouth after the Big Ten championship game,'' Edwards said. ''We just wanted to get back out there and prove ourselves again.''

Terrell combined with All-America receiver Corey Davis for 51 career touchdowns, tying the FBS record on an 11-yarder on fourth down with 3:27 left . Even with cornerback Sojourn Shelton's arms wrapped around him in the back of the end zone, Davis broke free to make the catch.

''It doesn't matter if the defender is grabbing you or whatever it is. Go make a play on the ball if it's in the air, and go attack it,'' Davis said. ''My four years at Western have been phenomenal. We've been through so much and I've learned so many lessons on the field, and off the field.''

TAKEAWAY

Western Michigan: The Broncos never backed down and Fleck has set a solid foundation for them to keep rowing forward, even with the loss of guys like Davis and Terrell, who were part of that one-win season in 2013. Western Michigan had only 280 total yards, 217 below its season average.

Wisconsin: The only losses by the Badgers were to Big Ten foes Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State, the last in the Big Ten title game. All also played in New Year's Six games. Freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who started nine games before a concussion forced him to miss the Big Ten title, was 2-of-2 passing with the TD pass to Fumagalli. Senior Bart Houston was 11 of 12 for 159 yards.

STAR NUMBERS

After five consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Corey Clement was held to 71 yards on 22 carries. But he put the Badgers ahead to stay with a 2-yard TD on the opening drive. ... Davis finished with six catches for 73 yards. His 5,285 career receiving yards are an FBS record.

UP NEXT

Western Michigan knows it has to continue play Power Five teams to have chances for more New Year's Six games, and maybe eventually a playoff appearance. The Broncos open next season Sept. 2 at USC, a week before they play Michigan State, another Big Ten opponent.

Wisconsin always gets a chance to prove itself in the Big Ten. So the Badgers can ease into their season, and will Sept. 1 at home against Utah State.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 3:27
37-B.Hampton extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
16
24
Touchdown 3:27
11-Z.Terrell complete to 84-C.Davis. 84-C.Davis runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
17
plays
85
yds
08:59
pos
16
24
Point After TD 12:26
37-A.Endicott extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
24
Touchdown 12:26
12-A.Hornibrook complete to 81-T.Fumagalli. 81-T.Fumagalli runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
12
yds
01:26
pos
10
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:05
37-B.Hampton 27 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
10
yds
04:55
pos
10
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:22
37-A.Endicott 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
15
yds
05:05
pos
7
17
Point After TD 5:27
37-B.Hampton extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 5:27
11-Z.Terrell runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
17
plays
70
yds
08:45
pos
6
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:23
37-A.Endicott extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 3:23
23-D.Ogunbowale runs 1 yard for a touchdown. Team penalty on WMC Offside declined.
7
plays
88
yds
03:52
pos
0
13
Point After TD 8:52
37-A.Endicott extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 8:52
6-C.Clement runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
80
yds
06:08
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 18 18
Rushing 9 9
Passing 9 9
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 5-11 7-11
4th Down Conv 2-2 0-0
Total Net Yards 292 372
Total Plays 59 52
Avg Gain 4.9 7.2
Net Yards Rushing 123 184
Rush Attempts 31 38
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 4.8
Net Yards Passing 169 188
Comp. - Att. 16-28 13-14
Yards Per Pass 6.0 13.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-12 2-10
Penalties - Yards 2-15 5-35
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 3-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 3-40.7 3-41.7
Return Yards 16 0
Punts - Returns 1-1 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 1-15 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 2/3 4/4
Extra Points 1/2 3/3
Field Goals 1/1 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
15 W. Michigan 13-1 073616
8 Wisconsin 11-3 1430724
169 PASS YDS 188
123 RUSH YDS 184
292 TOTAL YDS 372
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Terrell 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 157 1 1 108.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.8% 3533 33 4 175.2
Z. Terrell 16/28 157 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Bogan 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 58 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
179 923 8
J. Bogan 16 58 0 9
J. Franklin 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 53 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
248 1353 12
J. Franklin 7 53 0 23
Z. Terrell 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 14 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 249 7
Z. Terrell 7 14 1 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Davis 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 73 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
97 1500 19
C. Davis 6 73 1 22
J. Franklin 31 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 288 2
J. Franklin 4 33 0 18
C. Thompson 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 637 6
C. Thompson 4 32 0 10
M. Henry 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
63 779 4
M. Henry 2 19 0 11
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Brown 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 1 0.0
A. Brown 11-1 0.0 0
S. Beal 18 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
S. Beal 7-1 0.0 0
N. Braster 53 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
N. Braster 5-1 0.0 0
C. Bailey 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 1.0
C. Bailey 5-0 1.0 0
D. Ginwright 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Ginwright 5-1 0.0 0
R. Spillane 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 3 1.0
R. Spillane 4-2 1.0 0
J. Tranquill 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Tranquill 2-1 0.0 0
D. Phillips 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 4 0.0
D. Phillips 1-0 0.0 0
A. Turner 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Turner 1-0 0.0 0
K. Adams 1 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Adams 1-1 0.0 0
D. Curle 68 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Curle 1-0 0.0 0
O. Jackson 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
O. Jackson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Hampton 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/2
SEASON FG XP
19/24 71/73
B. Hampton 1/1 27 1/2 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Coleman 57 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 40.7 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 40.7 3
J. Coleman 3 40.7 3 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Phillips 4 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
37 22.5 15 1
D. Phillips 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Phillips 4 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 1.0 1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 11.7 1 1
D. Phillips 1 1.0 1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Houston 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
91.7% 159 0 0 203.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
91.7% 159 0 0 203.0
B. Houston 11/12 159 0 0
A. Hornibrook 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 19 1 0 344.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 19 1 0 344.8
A. Hornibrook 2/2 19 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
C. Clement 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 71 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
314 1375 15
C. Clement 22 71 1 23
J. Peavy 11 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 50 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 318 1
J. Peavy 3 50 0 51
Q. Cephus 87 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 34 0
Q. Cephus 2 34 0 20
D. Ogunbowale 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 22 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 506 5
D. Ogunbowale 5 22 1 20
A. Ramesh 20 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 58 3
A. Ramesh 1 10 0 10
T. Deal 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 164 0
T. Deal 2 9 0 9
B. Houston 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -10 0
B. Houston 2 -10 0 -1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Fumagalli 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 83 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
47 580 2
T. Fumagalli 6 83 1 28
C. Clement 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 132 0
C. Clement 2 28 0 23
D. Ogunbowale 23 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 208 1
D. Ogunbowale 2 28 0 24
G. Rushing 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 136 0
G. Rushing 2 27 0 16
R. Wheelwright 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 448 1
R. Wheelwright 1 12 0 12
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Edwards 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 3 0.0
T. Edwards 9-1 0.0 1
D. Dixon 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 4 0.0
D. Dixon 5-1 0.0 0
L. Musso 19 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
L. Musso 5-3 0.0 0
R. Connelly 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
R. Connelly 5-0 0.0 0
L. Jacobs 32 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
L. Jacobs 4-1 0.0 0
T. Watt 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 1.0
T. Watt 4-0 1.0 0
S. Shelton 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Shelton 3-0 0.0 0
V. Biegel 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
V. Biegel 3-1 1.0 0
C. Obasih 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Obasih 2-0 0.0 0
D. Tindal 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 3 0.0
D. Tindal 1-1 0.0 0
G. Dooley 5 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Dooley 1-0 0.0 0
N. Jamerson 12 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
N. Jamerson 1-1 0.0 0
O. Sagapolu 65 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
O. Sagapolu 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Endicott 37 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
13/19 35/37
A. Endicott 1/1 30 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Lotti 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 41.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 41.7 1
A. Lotti 3 41.7 1 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peavy 11 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
J. Peavy 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:47 WMICH 15 1:24 4 24 Punt
3:23 WMICH 25 2:04 6 42 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:12 WMICH 35 8:45 17 65 TD
0:18 WMICH 25 0:00 1 -2
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WMICH 25 4:55 11 10 FG
5:42 WMICH 35 2:49 5 16 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:26 WMICH 25 8:59 17 75 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WISC 25 6:08 12 75 TD
7:15 WISC 12 3:52 7 88 TD
1:11 WISC 12 0:38 2 -2
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WISC 10 0:40 1 11 Punt
5:27 WISC 25 5:05 10 63 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:00 WISC 25 4:07 7 20 FUMBLE
2:44 WISC 12 2:43 6 56
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WMICH 32 0:46 2 -28 Punt
13:52 WMICH 12 1:26 3 12 TD
3:27 WMICH 48 2:53 7 40