Wisconsin vs. USC: Holiday Bowl Recap, Score, Key Stats

    Wisconsin vs. USC Holiday Bowl recap, score, and key stats for the Badgers and Trojans

    December 30, 2015


    Holiday Bowl recap, score and key stats for the Badger and Trojans.


    Holiday Bowl Recap

    Score: Wisconsin 23, USC 21

    Prediction: Wisconsin 27, USC 24, Line: USC -3, o/u: 50.5

    And You Care Because … Rafael Gaglianone hit three field goals including a 29-yarder to give the Badgers a 23-21 lead with 2:27 to play, and then the defense held on with two stops. USC just missed on a big pass down the field, but couldn’t get into field goal range missing on a fourth down play. Corey Clement ran for a six-yard score for the Badgers, and Austin Traylor caught a four-yard touchdown pass for a 20-7 lead, but Justin Davis came up with his second short score of the day and Darreus Rogers caught a seven-yard touchdown pass for a 21-20 USC lead late. The Badgers were able to hang in with a strong late 42-yard drive for the game-winning score.

    What Else?

    – Wisconsin DE Jack Sichy made nine tackles, three sacks (on three straight plays), and created the pressure to force a key interception – all in one half.

    – USC QB Cody Kessler completed 18-of-32 passes for 221 yards and a score with a pick, and ran five times for 17 yards.

    – Wisconsin RB Corey Clement ran 19 times for 66 yards and a score before leaving the game hurt.

    – Wisconsin QB Joel Stave completed 18-of-27 passes for 217 yards and a score.

    – Time of Possession: Wisconsin 37:17 – USC 22:43

    – Total Yards: Wisconsin 394 – USC 286

    Game Rating: A. There was controversy, a thrilling finish, lots of big moments, and it was a well-played game overall. It was a fight between two teams that each had chances and misfires, but in the end, the Badger D came through.

    MORE: BOWLNANZA: Bowl highlights, previews and analysis

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