GAMEDAY College Football

Las Vegas Bowl: Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 13

(AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

By DANNY WEBSTER
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS - Braelon Allen ran for 159 yards and Wisconsin drained the final 9:57 off the clock with an 18-play drive that sealed a 20-13 victory over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Allen, the 17-year-old true freshman from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, had 101 yards by halftime for his eighth 100-yard game of the season.

Graham Mertz finished 11 of 15 for 137 yards and a touchdown to senior tight end Jake Ferguson, who caught three passes for 33 yards in his final game for Wisconsin (9-4).

The Badgers started 1-3 with Big Ten losses to ranked opponents Penn State and Michigan but answered with a seven-game winning streak to earn a 20th consecutive bowl bid.

Clinging to a seven-point lead, they took over at their own 3 with just under 10 minutes remaining and drove 90 yards to run out the clock in the first bowl game at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders.

Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels accounted for 199 total yards and threw an interception for the Sun Devils (8-5), who are 3-6 in bowls since 2011.

The Sun Devils were held to 219 total yards, including 102 in the first half. Wisconsin entered with the nation's top defense, allowing 240.8 yards per game.

Arizona State has made the postseason in each full season under head coach Herm Edwards; the Sun Devils played only four games in 2020 due to the pandemic.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WiscAriSt
Wisc TD 11:40 John Chenal 8 yd run (Collin Larsh kick) 7 0
AriSt FG 4:21 Cristian Zendejas 38 yd FG 7 3
Wisc TD 1:37 Jake Ferguson 7 yd pass from Graham Mertz (Collin Larsh kick) 14 3
Second Quarter WiscAriSt
AriSt FG 11:13 Cristian Zendejas 36 yd FG 14 6
Wisc FG 5:42 Collin Larsh 48 yd FG 17 6
Wisc FG 0:02 Collin Larsh 35 yd FG 20 6
Third Quarter WiscAriSt
AriSt TD 8:52 Daniyel Ngata 3 yd run (Cristian Zendejas kick) 20 13
Team Stats
  Wisconsin Arizona State
First downs 17 14
  Rushing 7 8
  Passing 8 6
  Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-11, 45% 7-13, 54%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 43-157 33-60
Passing Yards 137 159
Return Yards 12 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-15-1 11-21-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 2--22 6--47
Punts 3 4
Punts-Average 55.3 45
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 2-10 6-27
Time of Possession 30:52 27:59
Wisconsin Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Mertz 11 15 137 1 1
Arizona State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Daniels 11 21 159 0 1
Wisconsin Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Allen 29 159 5.5 0
J. Chenal 4 9 2.3 1
J. Davis 2 7 3.5 0
J. Dunn 1 2 2.0 0
C. Dike 1 -3 -3.0 0
G. Mertz 4 -13 -3.3 0
Arizona State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Daniels 19 40 2.1 0
D. Ngata 11 23 2.1 1
G. Hart III 1 3 3.0 0
R. Pearsall 2 -6 -3.0 0
Wisconsin Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Ferguson 3 33 11.0 1
M. Allen 1 31 31.0 0
C. Dike 1 30 30.0 0
J. Chenal 2 16 8.0 0
S. Bell 1 15 15.0 0
K. Pryor 1 10 10.0 0
B. Allen 2 2 1.0 0
Arizona State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Pearsall 4 65 16.3 0
L. Bunkley-Shelton 4 48 12.0 0
J. Conyers 1 35 35.0 0
E. Badger 1 8 8.0 0
G. Hart III 1 3 3.0 0
Wisconsin Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Torchio 1 0
Arizona State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Davis 1 2
Wisconsin Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Vujnovich 3 166 55.3
Arizona State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Czaplicki 3 136 45.3
L. Tyler 1 44 44.0
Wisconsin Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Engram 2 12 6.0
Arizona State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Taylor 1 18 18.0
Wisconsin Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Arizona State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Collins 1 17 17.0
D. Taylor 1 6 6.0
Wisconsin Missed FG
Player Length
Arizona State Missed FG
Player Length




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