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
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.