TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Freshman Thomas Brown made sure David Greene and David Pollack went out as winners for Georgia.
Brown rushed for 49 of his 111 yards on Georgia's final possession as the seventh-ranked Bulldogs held off No. 16 Wisconsin, 24-21, in the Outback Bowl.
Unable to generate much offense for nearly three quarters against Georgia's stingy defense, the Badgers mounted a late rally after falling behind, 24-6.
Wisconsin (9-3) closed within a field goal when freshman linebacker Andy Crooks, celebrating his 19th birthday, returned an interception 11 yards for a touchdown with 4:30 remaining.
But the Bulldogs (10-2) were able to run out the clock behind Brown, who carried six times on the ensuing drive.
"I just tried to keep my feet moving and get positive yards," Brown said.
"Brown's extremely quick," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez added. "We missed a lot of tackles, but I think he had a lot to do with our missed tackles. He's always moving north and south. He's a very impressive runner."
With 1:38 remaining, Brown sealed the win by gaining 11 yards on 4th-and-1 from the Wisconsin 15.
"Thomas Brown's effort and ability was really the difference in us being able to finish that game the way that we did," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "This (10 wins) makes it a great season. It wasn't a perfect season, though. We're still looking for perfection."
Greene, the winningest quarterback in Division I-A history, threw two touchdowns, including one to Jeremy Thomas in the third quarter that caromed off a Wisconsin defender.
"It's not the guy that throws the hardest or runs the fastest," Green said. "Hopefully I'll be remembered as a guy who found a way to win games."
Greene concluded his career with a 42-10 record, surpassing Peyton Manning's previous mark of 39 wins. He also leaves Georgia as the Southeastern Conference's leader in career passing yards and total offense.
Pollack, who joins Herschel Walker as Georgia's only three-time All-Americans, registered four tackles, including three sacks. Pollack appeared to deliver the knockout punch when he sacked John Stocco and recovered a fumble on the same play.
"He just ripped it out," Richt said. "That may have been the difference in the ballgame. I'm proud of David and all our seniors."
The seniors finished with 42 victories, the second most in school history behind the class of 1983 (43-4-1).
Crooks made things interesting by picking off Greene on the first play of the next possession, but the Bulldogs were able to run out the clock by keeping the ball on the ground.
"That drive showed the character of the team when it gets tight," Greene said. "We stuck together when we had to."
Anthony Davis led the Badgers with 79 yards rushing on 21 carries. Quarterback John Stocco threw for 170 yards, but was sacked seven times as the Badgers ended the season with a three-game losing streak.
"We made too many mistakes, I'm not pleased with that," Alvarez said. "We had our chances in the second half. We got some turnovers and had momentum, but we missed a field goal and turned it over in the red zone. Overall, I think we overachieved this season. We weren't consistent on offense all year."