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Rapid Recap- Hornibrook/Badgers out match Hurricanes in Orange Bowl

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One of the big questions going into the Orange Bowl Saturday night was whether Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook could lead them to victory over the Miami Hurricanes, if needed. Question, answered.

Hornibrook threw an Orange Bowl tying four TD passes as the Badgers knocked off Miami 34-24.

The night at Hard Rock Stadium started off great enough for Miami, as they jumped Wisconsin in the first quarter for a 14-3 lead.

Travis Homer capped a 75 yard drive with a five yard TD run for a 7-3 lead and when fellow running back Deejay Dallas ran 39 yards for another easy score, the Canes appeared to be in command.

But, that’s when Hornibrook and the Badgers offense took over. Throwing three TDs in the second quarter, two to freshman Danny Davis, as Wisconsin built a 24-14 halftime lead.

The Hurricanes immediately got back in the game after the break, when QB Malik Rosier hit Lawrence Cager with a 38 yard TD strike, it was only a 24-21 deficit.

But after both teams kicked field goals, Wisconsin marched on another critical 75 yard drive in eight plays and Hornibrook capped it with his fourth overall and third TD of the night to Davis from six yards out, and again led by 10 points at 34-24.

Miami had one last hope, but after getting a long pass completion to freshman Jeff Thomas of 48 yards inside the Badgers 10, the Canes could not capitalize. And when the Badgers forced fourth down, kicker Michael Badgley missed a chip shot 23 yard field goal, and it basically sealed their fate.

Wisconsin controlled the ball and ran most of the clock down, and when the Badgers defense picked off Rosier for the third time of the night with 1:19 to go, it was over.

It’s Wisconsin’s school record 13th win of the 2017 season.

It also kept the Big Ten conference perfect in the bowl season through the Orange Bowl at 7-0, as a conference.

Badgers star running back Jonathan Taylor, who ran for over 1,800 yards coming into the Orange Bowl, did not disappoint tallying 130 yards in the victory.

The loss, especially playing in their home stadium, was a bitter pill for the Hurricanes to swallow. They lost their regular season finale at Pitt and then, were beaten badly by Clemson in the ACC Championship Game.

So, the loss, after a 10-0 start was the third straight to end the year.

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