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Badgers clash with Hurricanes in Champs Sports Bowl

ON WISCONSIN <b>Senior Chris Maragos will be playing in his final game as a Badger in the Champs Sports Bowl.</b>
Senior Chris Maragos will be playing in his final game as a Badger in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Dec. 29, 2009

MADISON, Wis. -- The 2009 college football season culminates for the No. 24/22 Wisconsin Badgers (9-3, 5-3 Big Ten) on Tuesday night as they take on the No. 14/15 Miami Hurricanes (9-3, 5-3 ACC) in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

It has been a busy and activity-filled week for the Badgers. See what the team has been up to with our Champs Sports Bowl blog.

This will be the fourth meeting all-time between the two schools. The Hurricanes own a 2-1 lead in the series by winning the last two matchups. Tuesday’s game will be the first neutral site contest between the teams.

All-time, Wisconsin is 10-10 in bowl games, while Miami owns a 19-15 record.

Tuesday’s matchup will air live on ESPN, with Brad Nessler providing the play-by-play, Todd Blackledge serving as analyst and Holly Rowe reporting from the sidelines.

The game will also be streamed online at ESPN360.com.

On the radio, Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas will be calling the action statewide on the Wisconsin Radio Network, including WIBA (1310 AM) in Madison. Fans can also listen to the game online for a fee with InsideBadgerSports.com. In addition, the game will be carried on Westwood One Radio with Chuck Cooperstien and Eddie George as the announcing team.

Make UWBadgers.com your destination for all aspects of Badger football this season. Full coverage includes an in-game blog, game story, feature stories on key aspects and players, coach and player quotes, game notes, statistics, highlights and more.

Sophomore running back John Clay leads the team with 1,396 rushing yards, a mark that is 12th-best at Wisconsin for a single season. His 16 rushing touchdowns are tied for fifth-best at UW for one season. Junior quarterback Scott Tolzien has thrown for 2,445 yards and 16 touchdowns, while completing 63.6 percent of his passes this season. His yardage total and completion percentage rank third-best at UW for a single-season, while his touchdown total is eight-best.

Tolzien’s top target this year has been sophomore wide receiver Nick Toon. The two have combined for 52 completions, 779 yards and four touchdowns. Senior tight end Garrett Graham leads the team with seven receiving touchdowns, while junior wideout Isaac Anderson is tops with 16 yards per catch.

Defensively, senior defensive end O’Brien Schofield has wreaked havoc on opposing teams, leading the Big Ten and tying for second in the NCAA with 22.5 tackles for loss. His 10 sacks this season are tied for third in the Big Ten.

Senior linebacker Jaevery McFadden paces the team with 69 tackles, while senior safety Chris Maragos has a team-high four interceptions. Freshman linebacker Chris Borland has been all over the field with five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception.

Miami opened its season with four straight games against ranked opponents. The Hurricanes emerged with a 3-1 start to the season with wins over No. 18 Florida State, No. 14 Georgia Tech and No. 8 Oklahoma. UM then won four its next six games and is currently riding a two-game winning streak.

Three different running backs have gained at least 491 yards this season for the Hurricanes. Graig Cooper leads the way with 666 yards, while Damien Berry has 587 and Javarris James has 491. Berry leads the team with 6.6 yards per carry and eight rushing touchdowns this year.

 Jacory Harris has thrown for 3,164 yards this year with 23 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions. He has completed 59.9 percent of his throws. Harris’ go-to receiver has been Leonard Hankerson, who leads the team with 44 catches for 773 yards, six touchdowns and 17.6 yards per catch.

On defense, the Hurricanes are led by Darryl Sharpton and his 91 tackles. Jared Campbell has also been a top defender, leading Miami with 11 TFLs and seven sacks. Brandon Harris and Randy Phillips each have two interceptions on the year, while Harris leads the team with 14 pass breakups.

For all the information you’ll need for Tuesday night’s game, check out the game notes for Wisconsin.

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