Here's a quick look at Wisconsin's 20-14 upset of the Hurricanes:
How the game was won: Wisconsin established the run early and made great use of its tight ends, and Miami’s safeties couldn’t do much about it. Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien was very efficient, and made timely key throws for four quarters. Miami quarterback Jacory Harris, on the other hand, was out of sync the whole game, overthrew balls, and didn’t get the protection he needed to get comfortable. He limped through the game and spent much of it on the ground. The Canes couldn’t get their ground game going, and it didn’t help that leading rusher Graig Cooper was injured late in the first half. Wisconsin played a complete game in all four phases, while Miami was on its heels the whole time. The Badgers put pressure on Harris through the Canes very last drive, which is why winning the onside kick in the final two minutes couldn't help.
Turning point: With 7:49 left in the fourth quarter, Harris was sacked and lost the ball, and defensive tackle J.J. Watt recovered it. The Badgers were able to get a field goal on the ensuing possession, taking a 20-7 lead and making it a two-touchdown game. It was Miami’s first and only turnover of the game, but it was costly, as the Canes' final score of the game wasn't enough.
Stat of the game: Of the 19 passes Tolzien completed, 13 of them went to tight ends. Wisconsin was labeled as a power running team heading into this game – and it was – but the pinpoint accuracy off of Tolzien off of play-action to wide open tight ends Lance Kendricks and Garrett Graham proved to be the difference.
Co-Players of the game: Call it a cop-out if you must, but it was too tough to choose between Tolzien and his tight end, Lance Kendricks. Tolzien made some impressive throws to sustain drives and finished with 260 yards and one interception on 19 of 26 completions. Kendricks had seven catches for 128 yards.
What it means: Miami has now lost back-to-back bowl games and will have to earn its way into the national spotlight again next year instead of starting the 2010 season there. The Hurricanes looked unimpressive in their loss, and unable to generate the offense they needed, even with their combination of speed and athleticism and multitude of options. The offensive line will miss Jason Fox next year, and has to learn to play without him.