8th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Wisconsin 38, Utah 10

8th annual buffalo wild wings bowl
December 27, 1996

Attendance: 42,122

Stadium: Arizona Stadium

Offensive Player of the Game: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin

Defensive Player of the Game: Tarek Saleh, Wisconsin

Head Coaches: Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin Ron McBride, Utah

Weather: Partly cloudy, 60 degrees

Television: ESPN

Payout Per Team: $750,000

Bruising Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne gave everyone at Arizona Stadium a preview of what he would accomplish in his outstanding college career in the 8th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

The freshman running back amassed 246 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries to lead Wisconsin to a 38–10 win over Utah. The Badgers kept their offense simple with 349 yards rushing. The Wisconsin rushing attack was so dominant the Badgers only needed two pass completions for 16 yards

Dayne used the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl to provide a window to what fans would witness during his four-year career. “The Great Dayne” eventually left Wisconsin as the all-time NCAA rushing leader (6,397 yards) and the landslide winner of the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner.

The Badgers punished their way to a convincing 31–3 halftime lead. Quarterback Mike Samuel began the scoring on a 38-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. After Ute place kicker Daniel Pulsipher hit a 24-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7–3, the Badgers scored 24 unanswered points on two touchdown runs by Dayne, an 82-yard interception return by Cyrill Weems and a field goal.

Utah had more net yards (430–365) than the Badgers and moved inside Wisconsin’s five-yard line twice and inside the 20-yard line three other times, but they were only able to tally one touchdown and a field goal during the five trips inside the red zone.

The Utes lost star running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala to a first quarter ankle injury and turned its offense over to quarterback Mike Fouts, who completed 27-of-49 passes for 327 yards but threw four costly interceptions.

Terence Keehan and Kevin Dyson had 100 and 95 yards receiving for the Utes, respectively, and Juan Johnson scored their lone touchdown on a one-yard run late in the third quarter.

Dayne unanimously earned offensive player-of-the-game honors and Tarek Saleh was named defensive player-of-the-game.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
Wisconsin
14
17
0
7
38
Utah
3
0
7
0
10

Yardstick

WIS
UTAH
16
First Downs
26
45-349
Rushes-Yards
31-103
16
Passing Yards
327
2-6-0
Passes
27-49.4
125
Return Yards
54
2-41.0
Punts
2-31.0
2-1
Fumbles-Lost
1-0
3-31
Penalties-Yards
2-11

How They Scored

WIS
UTAH
7
0
Mike Samuel 38 yard run (John Hall kick)
7
3
Daniel Pulsipher 24 yard field goal
14
3
Ron Dayne 40 yard run (John Hall kick)
21
3
Cyrill Weems 82 yard interception return (John Hall kick)
24
3
John Hall 38 yard field goal
31
3
Ron Dayne 3 yard run (John Hall kick)
31
10
Juan Johnson 1 yard run (Daniel Pulsipher kick)
38
10
Ron Dayne 1 yard run (John Hall kick)

Individual Statistics

Rushing
WIS
Ron Dayne 30-246, Mike Samuel 5-44, Carl McCullough 5-22, Aaron Stecker 3-18, Charles Williams 1-10, Cecil Martin 1-9.
UTAH
Juan Johnson 20-88, Omar Bacon 4-9, Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala 4-5, Mike Fouts 3-1.
Passing
WIS
Mike Samuel 2-6-0-16.
UTAH
Mike Fouts 27-49-4-327.
Receiving
WIS
Donald Hayes 1-9, Demetrius Brown 1-7.
UTAH
Terence Keehan 6-100, Kevin Dyson 6-95, Rocky Henry 6-47, Dirk Christoffersen 3-26, Donny Utu 3-25, Boo Bendinger 1-21, Chris Jahries 1-10, Omar Bacon 1-3.