Wisconsin Post-Game Notes
2008 Champs Sports Bowl
Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
Dec. 27, 2008
Wisconsins team captains were FB Chris Pressley, OL Kraig Urbik, DL Mike Newkirk and LB DeAndre Levy
Wisconsin won the coin toss and elected to defer, just the second time that has happened this season (Minnesota was the other game)
Todays attendance was 52,692, the highest for the Champs Sports Bowl when its been held in Orlando.
Wisconsins record falls to 10-10 all-time in bowl games.
UW ran for more than 200 yards for the fourth time this season. It was the eighth time UW had rushed for at least 200 yards in a bowl game. Florida State had entered the game allowing just 126.8 yards per game on the ground.
RB P.J. Hill rushed for 140 yards, the seventh-best rushing performance by a Badger in a bowl game and the 10th time a UW running back has cracked the 100-yar plateau in a bowl game. It was also Hills 20th career 100-yard rushing game, third-best in UW history. It was the second straight bowl game he has gained 100 yards after rushing for 132 yards vs. Tennessee in the 2008 Outback Bowl.
It was Hills second-best rushing total of the season, sixth 100-yard rushing game this season and fourth in the last five games. He finishes the season with 1,191 yards, the 17th best single-season total in UW history. Hill has rushed for 3,996 yards during his three-year Wisconsin career, third on the UW list behind only Ron Dayne (7,125) and Anthony Davis (4,676).
Hills 46-yard run matched his longest this season and tied for the second-longest run in Champs Sports Bowl history. He also had a 43-yard run in the third quarter.
K Philip Welch kicked two field goals today his 19th and 20th of the season. That ties him for third place on UWs single-season list. Welch finishes the season 20-of-24 (.833) on field goals. That is the third-best single-season field goal percentage in school history.
OL Kraig Urbik started his 50th career game.
TE Garrett Grahams 43-yard reception in the first quarter was the second-longest of his career. He had a 45-yard catch vs. Illinois earlier this season.
QB Dustin Sherers 29-yard run in the third quarter was the second-longest of his career. He has a 30-yard run vs. Illinois earlier this season.
T.J. Theus fourth-quarter touchdown reception was the first of his career.