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NCAA FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD: Recap
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Wisconsin 21, UCLA 20
Posted: Friday December 29, 2000 06:29 PM ET
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EL PASO, Texas (Ticker) -- Michael Bennett's six-yard touchdown run with 8:55 to play lifted Wisconsin to a come-from-behind 21-20 victory over UCLA in the Sun Bowl.

Having beaten the Bruins in Pasadena on January 1, 1999 for the first of back-to-back Rose Bowl titles, the Badgers (9-4) trailed 17-7 at halftime this afternoon before Bennett and quarterback Brook Bollinger went to work.

Bennett ran for 50 of his 83 yards after intermission, including the winning score. It capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive that began when UCLA kicker Chris Griffith was stopped short of a first down on a fake field goal.

Bollinger completed 8-of-16 passes for 107 yards and ran for 55 yards on 16 carries, tossing touchdown passes in each half. He opened the scoring when he found Lee Evans with a 54-yard TD strike just 1:44 into play.

But the Bruins struck back immediately as Cory Paus found Freddie Mitchell for a 64-yard TD pass on the ensuing drive, knotting the score at 7-7.

Griffith kicked a 31-yard field goal and DeShaun Foster's seven-yard run with 3:53 left in the first half gave UCLA a 10-point cushion.

Griffith's second field goal, a 25-yarder 5:49 into the third quarter, extended the Bruins' lead to 20-7, but Bollinger hit Chris Chambers with a three-yard TD toss with 4:38 left in the period to spark the Badgers' comeback.

Mitchell caught nine passes for 180 yards but was unable to get open on the Bruins' final drive, which ended near midfield when All-American cornerback Jamal Fletcher picked off Scott McEwan with just over a minute left.

Mitchell was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he turned to taunt Wisconsin defenders on his way to the end zone on the tying score. Although he set a Sun Bowl record for receiving yards, he could not prevent Wisconsin from pulling out its sixth victory in the last seven bowl appearances.

UCLA leads the series, 7-4, but the Badgers have won the last three meetings, all in bowl games.

The Bruins failed to score at least 27 points for the first time in eight games as Wisconsin's defense tightened after yielding 239 yards in the first half.

Foster rushed for 107 yards on 26 carries and Paus was 8-of-15 for 135 yards. McEwan came on and completed 12-of-18 passes for 135 yards but thwarted the Bruins' last gasp with an interception.

UCLA outgained Wisconsin, 396 yards to 307.

Trailing 20-7 midway through the third quarter, the Badgers clearly were sparked when Bennett returned Griffith's kickoff 54 yards to the Bruins' 43. The ensuing nine-play march resulted in Bollinger's TD toss to Chambers, pulling the Badgers within six points.

 

   
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