Monday, January 2, 2017

That's a wrap on the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

It's all over but the cleaning up!
   The confetti is being swept up and the post game press conferences are winding down. It's been another successful Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. What a way to cap off a terrific 2016 football season.
   Congratulations to the victorious Wisconsin Badgers who never panicked and made the big plays needed to win. And congrats to Western Michigan on a remarkable season and representing the its fans and conference proudly.
   Safe travels home to our friends from Madison and Kalamazoo. Happy New Year!

...and Corey Davis' amazing catch

Fumagalli's amazing catch...

Final Stats

Fumagalli, Edwards named Outstanding Players

   Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli was voted the recipient of the Sanford Trophy as the Goodyear Cotton Bowl's Outstanding Offensive Player. Fumagalli, a senior from Aurora, Illinois, led the Badgers with six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
   Wisconsin inside linebacker T.J. Edwards was voted the McKnight Trophy as the Outstanding Defensive Player. Edwards, a junior from Lake Villa, Illinois, was Wisconsin's leading tackler with 10 total stops (four unassisted) and came up with a key interception.

Wisconsin closes out 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl

   Wisconsin was able to run out the final 3:27 to keep the ball out of Western Michigan's hands and avoid the upset.
   A crowd of 59,615 saw Wisconsin quarterbacks Bart Houston (11 of 12) and Alex Hornibrook (2 of 2) combine to complete 13 of 14 passes for a .928 completion percentage. That percentage ranks as second in Cotton Bowl history behind Texas' .929 (13 of 14) against Missouri in the 1946 Classic.

It's a final: Wisconsin holds off Western Michigan