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Dayne shines as Badgers cruise past Utah in Copper Bowl


ON WISCONSIN <b>In earning game MVP honors, freshman Ron Dayne picked up 246 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries as Wisconsin crushed Utah, 38-10, in the 1996 Copper Bowl.</b>
ON WISCONSIN
In earning game MVP honors, freshman Ron Dayne picked up 246 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries as Wisconsin crushed Utah, 38-10, in the 1996 Copper Bowl.
ON WISCONSIN

Dec. 27, 1996

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Freshman tailback Ron Dayne concluded his remarkable rookie season with a 246-yard, three-touchdown performance in Wisconsin’s 38-10 win over Utah in the Copper Bowl.

Dayne was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. He totalled 152 yards by halftime as the Badgers opened up a commanding 31-3 lead. QB Mike Samuel got the UW on the board with a 38-yard run. After Utah kicked a field goal, Dayne scored (two carries for 77 yards) to give the Badgers a 14-3 lead.

The Utes were driving again when Cyrill Weems intercepted a pass and returned it 82 yards for a TD and a 21-3 bulge. The Badgers’ secondary picked off four Mike Fouts passes.

The featured matchup between Dayne and Utah’s Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala, the nation’s two largest runners, never materialized. The Ute ballcarrier hurt his ankle early in the game.

Badger defensive end Tarek Saleh was game defensive MVP with six tackles, one for a loss, one pass broken up and a blocked field goal. It was the Badgers’ third bowl win in four seasons.

Scoring        1    2    3    4    F
Wisconsin    14    17    0    7    38
Utah    3    0    0    7    10

Team statistics    UW    Utah
First downs    16    26
Rushing yards    45-349    31-103
Passes    2-6-0    27-49-4
Passing yards    16    327
Total offense    365    430
Punts-avg    2-41    2-31
Fumbles-lost    2-1    1-0
Penalties-yards    3-31    2-11

Individual Leaders
Rushing: Dayne (W) 30-246, Samuel (W) 5-44, Johnson (U) 20-88. Passing: Samuel (W) 2-6-0-16, Fouts (U) 27-49-4-327). Receiving: Hayes (W)1-9, Keehan (U) 6-100, Dyson (U) 6-95.

Attendance: 42,122

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