Badgers Fall to Tennessee 28-21 in Garden State Bowl




Tennessee scored 18 straight points in the first half and held on to defeat Wisconsin 28-21 in the Garden State Bowl.

The Badger defense limited UT to 89 yards rushing, but Volunteer QB Steve Alatorre unleashed a potent passing attack. Alatorre threw for 315 yards. WR Anthony Hancock caught 11 passes for 196 yards.

After Fuad Reveiz booted a field goal in the first quarter, Wisconsin assumed its only lead of the game on a three-yard run by Jess Cole. Willie Gault returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards to give Tennessee a lead it never lost.

Reserve quarterback Randy Wright came off the bench to throw a pair of second-half touchdown passes for the Badgers. Wright hit Jeff Nault and Thad McFadden on scoring tosses in the final period.

The game featured two high-powered offenses that combined for 49 points, 793 total yards and 49 first downs.

Wisconsins fourth bowl in school history and first non-Rose Bowl drew a crowd of 53,220.

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