Tennessee Gets Past Wisconsin
by Mike Mitchell
January 1, 2008
Tennessee held off Wisconsin 21-17 in the Outback Bowl as Erik Ainge threw for 365 yards and 2 TD's. The Vols finished 10-4 with the victory in their second consecutive Outback Bowl appearance.
The Badgers were driving for the winning score in the final minute when Antonio Wardlow intercepted Tyler Donovan in the endzone.
Wisconsin was playing in its fourth straight New Year's Day bowl game in Florida with two Outback losses sandwiched around a pair of Capital One Bowl victories.
Tennessee needed every yard it could get from the passing game as Wisconsin held the Vols to a paltry 68 yards rushing on a 2.4 yard per carry average.
P.J. Hill ran for 132 yards on 16 carries for Wisconsin. Tyler Donovan threw for a touchdown and added a rushing score as he completed 14-of-24 for 154 yards.
The Vols built a 21-7 in the second quarter on Ainge's 31-yard touchdown pass to Brad Cottam. That score came just 3-and-half minutes after Ainge hit Josh Briscoe for a 29-yard touchdown.
Wisconsin made it 21-14 on the next series when Donovan's 4-yard TD pass to Andy Crooks capped a 9-play 70-yard drive with 1:03 left in the first half.
The only score of the second half came on Terry Mehlhaff's 27-yard field goal with 9 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. The Badgers blocked a Tennessee field goal left in the game, and then drove to the Tennessee 10-yard line where they turned the ball over on downs with 6:30 remaining.