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Rally falls short as Badgers fall to Georgia in Outback Bowl

ON WISCONSIN <b>Brandon Williams caught three passes for 56 yards in Wisconsin's 24-21 loss to Georgia in the 2005 Outback Bowl.</b>
Brandon Williams caught three passes for 56 yards in Wisconsin's 24-21 loss to Georgia in the 2005 Outback Bowl.

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Jan. 1, 2005

TAMPA, Fla. -- A late rally came up just short as the 16th-ranked Wisconsin football team dropped a hard-fought 24-21 loss to No. 7 Georgia in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
The Bulldogs extended their 10-6 lead early in the third quarter by tallying a pair of touchdowns to make it 24-6 with 6:33 left.

One of those TDs came after David Greene’s pass deflected off a Bulldog player and into the hands of fullback Jeremy Thomas, who took it in 24 yards for the score.

Wisconsin countered as John Stocco capped a scoring drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Darrin Charles, and linebacker Andy Crooks jumped a screen pass and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown with 4:13 remaining.

Stocco completed a pass to Jonathan Orr for a two-point conversion to pull Wisconsin within 24-21.

That was as close as the Badgers would get, though, as Georgia was able to run out the clock to earn the win.

Wisconsin had 230 yards of total offense, compared to 460 for the Bulldogs. Anthony Davis rushed 21 times for 79 yards for the Badgers to finish his career in fifth place on the Big Ten’s all-time rushing list. Stocco completed 12-of-27 passes for 170 yards and one TD.

Scoring        1    2    3    4    F
Wisconsin    3     3     7     8    21
Georgia    3     7     14     0    24

Team statistics    UW    Georgia
First downs    21    14
Rushing yards    37-196     35-60   
Passes    19-41-2     12-27-0
Passing yards    264    170
Total offense    460    230
Punts-avg    6-33.2     7-44.3
Fumbles-lost    1-1    2-2
Penalties-yards    8-85     7-45   

Individual Leaders
Rushing: Davis (W) 21-79, Brown (G) 16-111. Passing: Stocco (W) 12-27-0-170, Greene (G) 19-38-2-264. Receiving: Davis (W) 4-19, Brown (G) 4-44, Gibson (G) 4-42.

Attendance: 62,414

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