By Cynthia Germain
The Badgers join the elite rank as one of the only Big Ten teams to win 13 games in a season. Wisconsin also won its fourth consecutive bowl game, doing so for the second time in school history. Adding in last year’s victory in the Cotton Bowl, the Badgers have won back-to-back New Year’s Six bowls. Most notable in the game was Hornibrook’s four touchdown passes, three of them to Danny Davis, topping the season against Miami 34-24 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night.
Hornibrook’s performance marked the fourth of his career and also set a Wisconsin bowl game record. He threw for 24 touchdowns this season to rank second on UW’s single-season list. Hornibrook also improved to 20-3 as the Badgers’ starter, the best win percentage of any QB in school history.
Taylor capped his record-setting freshman season with 130 rushing yards on 26 carries for the Badgers, rallying from an early 14-3 deficit. Taylor finished the year with an FBS-freshman-record 1,977 yards, the fourth-best single-season total in UW history.
After a slow start in the first quarter, the Badgers took control and dominated time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes. Hornibrook completed 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards, going 20 for 25 in the final three quarters. Hornibrook became just the third Badgers quarterback in the last 15 years to have multiple games with at least four touchdown passes in the same season.