Gary Anderson’s first bowl game as the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers
didn’t go according to plan.
The 19th ranked Badgers had no answer for (8) South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw, who completed 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns. Shaw also caught a touchdown pass and rushed for a fifth as the Gamecocks beat another Big Ten team in a bowl game and won an 11th game for the third straight season.
The Badgers ended their season with two straight defeats and finished 9-4. That’s four straight bowl defeats for the Badgers, which means the current group of 22 seniors has never finished a season at Wisconsin with a victory.
In Wisconsin’s regular season ending loss to Penn State, they didn’t get enough from their passing game. That was the case again yesterday. Joel Stave left with a shoulder injury late in the third quarter, but even when he was in the game, the Badgers offered little threat down field. Stave finished 9 of 13 for 80 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. [Read more…]