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Bowled over: Badgers fall to South Carolina in Capital One

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Wisconsin 8 South Carolina 34, 19 Wisconsin 24
2014 Capital One Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium • Orlando, Fla. • Attendance: 56,629

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South Carolina


1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
0 14 3 0 17
 South Carolina
7 6 7 7 27
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Lucas: Opportunity missed, but foundation laid
 Statistical Leaders
 • Rushing: Gordon - 25 Car, 143 Yds
 • Passing: Stave - 9-13, 80 Yds, 2 TD, INT
 • Receiving: Pedersen - 3 Rec, 50 Yds
 • Defense: Borland - 9 Tkl, FF, QB hurry
 Scoring Summary
 First Quarter
SCAR 0:41 Ellington 39 TD pass from Shaw
(Fry kick)
 Second Quarter
WIS 12:45 Arneson 1 TD pass from Stave
(Russell kick)
SCAR 6:48 Shaw 9 TD pass from Ellington
(Fry kick)
WIS 0:13 Duckworth 3 TD pass from Stave
(Russell kick)
 Third Quarter
WIS 11:19 Russell 35 FG
SCAR 3:29 Ellington 22 TD pass from Shaw
(Fry kick)
 Fourth Quarter
SCAR 11:05 Adams 3 TD pass from Shaw
(Fry kick)
WIS 10:54 Doe 91 kick return TD (Russell kick)
SCAR 5:48 Shaw 1 TD run (Fry kick)
 Stats at a Glance
 First Downs 21 20
 Total Offensive Yards 410 438
 Rushing Attempts-Yards 43-293 34-117
 Passing 16-26-3 23-26-0
 Passing Yards 117 321
 Penalties-Yards 2-15 4-23
 Turnovers 4 2
 Punts-Avg. 0-0.0 3-33.7
 Punt Returns-Avg. 0-0.0 0-0.0
 Kick Returns-Avg. 5-32.0 4-13.5
 3rd-Down Conversions 6-14 4-9
 4th-Down Conversions 1-4 2-2
 Time of Possession 29:26 30:34
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Jan. 1, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla.  -- Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday.

The Gamecocks' senior was named the game's MVP after completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. Shaw also had rushing and receiving scores.

 Fast Facts
• White, Gordon set NCAA record for rushing yards by teammates
• Doe scores Badgers' first kickoff return TD in a bowl

The Badgers (9-4) lost their fourth straight bowl game, failing to capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White, and struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.

White and Gordon broke the Football Bowl Subdivision record for rushing yards by teammates in a single season, with their combined total 3,053 yards better than the mark of 3,004 set by Nevada's Cody Fajardo and Stefphon Jefferson in 2012.

They also became the first pair of teammates from an FBS team to each rush for 1,400 yards in the same season. Gordon finished his sophomore season with 1,609 rushing yards -- the eighth-best total in UW history -- while White amassed 1,444 in his senior year.

While the Gamecocks struggled to contain the Badgers' rushing attack for most of the game, Shaw and Ellington did plenty to keep South Carolina productive on offense.

Trailing 17-13 in the third quarter, Ellington reeled in a juggling reception near the sideline on a fourth-and-7 play. Then, two plays later Shaw found Ellington for 22-yard touchdown strike to put the Gamecocks up by three.

The Badgers lost Stave on the next series, and with Phillips taking over, were stopped short on fourth down run inside the Gamecocks 30.

South Carolina took advantage, and needed just six plays for Shaw to find Jerrell Adams for a 3-yard touchdown that made it 27-17 with 11:05 to play in the game.

Wisconsin wasn't done. Kenzel Doe took the ensuing kickoff and ran it back 91 yards for a score to get the Badgers back within a field goal.

But then Shaw went back to work.

Pinned inside his own 15 to start the drive, he used a combination of runs and passes to set up his 1-yard touchdown plunge to cap a nine-play, 81-yard drive that made it 34-24.

Wisconsin appeared to be done after Phillips was intercepted by Kaiwan Lewis with less than five minutes to play. But the Gamecocks gave it right back on a Brandon Wilds fumble on the next series, with Chris Borland dislodging the ball for the 15th forced fumble of his career to set a Big Ten record and the No. 2 mark in FBS history.

The Badgers picked up a few first downs, but then Phillips was intercepted again by Skai Moore with 3:14 left to end the threat.

Wisconsin got the ball back one more time, but Gordon fumbled inside the South Carolina 20 to help the Gamecocks secure the win.

Wisconsin led 14-13 at the half, scoring on a pair of touchdown passes by Stave.

But the Badgers did most of their damage on the ground, piling up 159 rushing yards and 7.2 yards per carry in the opening 30 minutes.

Both scoring drives were over 70 yards against a South Carolina defense that entered the game ranked second in the Southeastern Conference, giving up just 142 yards per game.

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