(Arlington, TX) -- The Wisconsin defense found the redemption it sought when the Badgers beat Western Michigan 24-16 in Monday's Cotton Bowl near Dallas.
The U-W erased the stigma of letting Penn State score five straight times in the Big Ten title game by holding Broncos' quarterback Zach Terrell to 157 yards, one pick, and one T-D to Corey Davis -- a projected N-F-L first rounder who was held to 73 yards on six catches as Western Michigan finished 13-1 while the Badgers went 11-3. Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli was named the Cotton Bowl's outstanding offensive player with six catches for 83 yards and a T-D early in the fourth quarter that put the U-W up by 14. Senior Bart Houston started at Q-B for Wisconsin and completed 11 of 12 passes for 159 yards -- but it was freshman Alex Hornibrook who threw the T-D to Fumagalli, and running back Corey Clement ended his Wisconsin career with 22 carries for 71 yards. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst is a perfect 2-0 in bowls in his two years as the head coach.