Cotton Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers square up against undefeated Western Michigan Broncos

Cotton Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers square up against undefeated Western Michigan Broncos”

The Wisconsin Badgers (11-3) began 2017 in winning fashion, beating the Western Michigan Broncos (13-1) 24-16 in the Cotton Bowl Classic on Monday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The hard-fought victory marked UW's third straight bowl win and its first Cotton Bowl win in program history. He was arguably the MVP of the game, catching six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. He's been a stud this year for the unbeaten Broncos, and he balled out in the Cotton Bowl, as he does. Wisconsin failed to cover in the match as a -2.5-point favorite, while 69 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

T.J. Edwards ended up rowing the boat, but it came at P.J. Fleck's and the Western Michigan football team's expense. Houston was 11-for-12 159 yards. Granted, WMU needs to play at its top possible level, but I believe that the Broncos have a legitimate shot at beating Wisconsin.

Western Michigan wasn't done and got a insane touchdown in the fourth quarter, Corey Davis - one of the top receivers in the nation - hauled in a pass Terrell lofted off his back foot, coming down with it in the end zone for a touchdown to make it 24-16. Troy Fumagalli capped the drive with a touchdown catch in the back of the end zone off a throw from redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook.

After an exciting game full of tense moments, the Broncos fell 24-16 to the Badgers.

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The 17-yard completion gave Western Michigan a first down in Wisconsin territory. On the second drive, Clement and Dare Ogunbowale made multiple plays for 20-plus-yard pickups, including Ogunbowale's 20-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0. A slow-tempo, but quick third quarter saw a Western Michigan field goal cut it to a one-possession game, but TJ Edwards- who originally committed to Western Michigan out of high school- intercepted Zach Terrell in the Broncos' red zone to help set up a Hornibrook to Fumagalli connection to push the lead back out to 14. Terrell scored a touchdown on the play.

Key Play: Needing a spark to try to slow Wisconsin's momentum, the Broncos' gamble on fourth-and-5 paid off when receiver Corey Davis caught a 10-yard pass for a first down at the Wisconsin 28. He continued to make similar catches throughout the game as he took advantage of his height over WMU defenders and their coverage scheme. Fittingly, it was the final time the duo connected, as their 51st touchdown tied the all-time FBS record. Wisconsin, however, would answer with a late field goal, pushing the score to 17-7 at the half.

With the win, the Badgers moved to 11-3 on the year, marking the second 10-win season under head coach Paul Chryst in as many years.

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