Freshman tailback Ron Dayne concluded his remarkable rookie season with a 246-yard, three-touchdown performance in Wisconsins 38-10 win over Utah in the Copper Bowl.
Dayne was named the games Most Valuable Player. He totaled 152 yards by halftime as the Badgers opened up a commanding 31-3 lead. QB Mike Samuel got the UW on the board with a 38-yard run. After Utah kicked a field goal, Dayne scored (two carries for 77 yards) to give the Badgers a 14-3 lead.
The Utes were driving again when Cyrill Weems intercepted a pass and returned it 82 yards for a TD and a 21-3 bulge. The Badgers secondary picked off four Mike Fouts passes.
The featured matchup between Dayne and Utahs Chris Fuamatu-Maafala, the nations two largest runners, never materialized, as the Ute ballcarrier hurt his ankle early in the game.
Badger defensive end Tarek Saleh was game defensive MVP with six tackles, one for a loss, one pass broken up and a blocked field goal. It was the Badgers third bowl win in four seasons.