Wisconsin's Defense Dominates Miami to Win Pinstripe Bowl, 35-3

Wisconsin's Defense Dominates Miami to Win Pinstripe Bowl, 35-3

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Wisconsin's Defense Dominates Miami to Win Pinstripe Bowl, 35-3

A disappointing regular season did not equal a disappointing postseason for the University of Wisconsin.

Sophomore Jonathan Taylor capped a remarkable 2018 season with 205 yards and a touchdown and the Badgers’ defense forced five turnovers to cap their season with a 35-3 victory over Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York’s Yankee Stadium.

It marked the fifth straight bowl win for the Badgers (8-5), who dominated every statistical category in generating 406 total yards and holding the ball for 39 minutes, 47 seconds in a wire-to-wire victory that was the biggest bowl win in school history.

After the last two years, the Hurricanes (7-6) would likely prefer to not see Taylor or Wisconsin’s defense again for a long time. In last year’s 34-24 win in the Orange Bowl, Taylor ran for 130 yards and UW picked off quarterback Malik Rosier three times, leading to a pair of Badgers rushing touchdowns.

Not only did Taylor – who was named the game’s most valuable player – surpass last year’s rushing total in the third quarter, the Badgers picked off Rosier three times in three quarters (12 pass attempts) before the Miami quarterback was benched late in the third quarter.

Taylor finished the season rushing for at least 100 yards in 12 of UW’s 13 games (tying Melvin Gordon for the school record) and rushing for 2,194 yards on the season, tops in the nation and only the third player to do it in his first two seasons (Ron Dayne, Herschel Walker).

Minus an interception on a pass he was trying to throw out of bounds, sophomore Jack Coan – a Sayville, N.Y. native – did enough to become the 10th Wisconsin quarterback in history to win a bowl game, but only the third to do so after not starting the season opener. Coan threw for 73 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kendric Pryor to cap UW’s opening drive with a rare touchdown, and ran for a 7-yard score in the fourth quarter to make it 28-3.

UW doubled down shortly after Pryor’s touchdown, as safety Eric Burrell intercepted Rosier on Miami’s first offensive play and Taylor punched into a 7-yard run on UW’s first play from scrimmage to make it 14-0 just 3:30 into the game. The Badgers left points on the board with the interception and couple missed field goals, but UW’s defense made sure it wasn’t threatened.

Seniors tailbacks Alec Ingold and Taiwan Deal also added rushing touchdowns to give UW 333 rushing yards.

Senior linebacker T.J. Edwards led the way with nine tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass in the second half, his 10th of his career to set a new benchmark for UW linebackers. Fellow senior linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel chipped in eight tackles, had a sack and forced the fumble that Edwards recovered.

The Hurricanes managed only 42 yards of total offense in the second half.

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