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Wisconsin wallops Miami in Pinstripe Bowl

Field Level Media Sophomore Jonathan Taylor rushed for 205 yards and a touchdown as Wisconsin routed Miami 35-3 on Thursday in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York. Wisconsin's defense forced five turnovers, and the Badgers' offense r...

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Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor (23) runs with the ball against the Miami Hurricanes during the third quarter in the 2018 Pinstripe Bowl Thursday, Dec. 27, at Yankee Stadium. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

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Sophomore Jonathan Taylor rushed for 205 yards and a touchdown as Wisconsin routed Miami 35-3 on Thursday in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Wisconsin's defense forced five turnovers, and the Badgers' offense rushed for 333 yards.

Taylor, the Doak Walker Award-winner as the nation's top running back, averaged 7.6 yards per carry. For the season, Taylor rushed for 2,194 yards. For his two-year career, Taylor has 4,171 yards -- an NCAA record for a sophomore -- and 29 touchdowns.

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Wisconsin (8-5) won its fifth consecutive bowl game, including two postseason wins in a row over Miami. The Badgers beat the Hurricanes 34-24 in the Orange Bowl last year.

Miami (7-6) is 1-8 in its past nine bowl games.

The Hurricanes benched quarterback N'Kosi Perry, who had led the team to back-to-back victories. Instead, coach Mark Richt started senior Malik Rosier, who struggled all night, completing just 5 of 12 passes for 46 yards with three interceptions.

Perry was finally inserted into the game with Miami trailing 21-3 late in the third quarter. He didn't fare better, completing 1 of 5 attempts for 2 yards with one interception.

Badgers sophomore quarterback Jack Coan played in place of starter Alex Hornibrook, who was out due to a concussion. Coan led Wisconsin to the win despite completing just 6 of 11 passes for 73 yards with one TD and one interception.

Wisconsin scored touchdowns on its first two possessions, racing to a 14-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

First, the Badgers drove 65 yards on six plays, cashing in on Coan's 35-yard pass to Kendric Pryor, beating Miami on a third-and-9 play.

Rosier's first pass resulted in an interception by safety Eric Burrell, who ran 30 yards to the Miami 7. On the next play, Taylor ran for a touchdown.

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Miami, using a 62-yard run by Rosier, cut its second-quarter deficit to 14-3 on a 33-yard field goal by Bubba Baxa.

However, that was as close as it got for the Hurricanes. Wisconsin went up 21-3 in the third quarter on Alec Ingold's 2-yard run. The score was set up by Rosier's third interception of the game, this one by linebacker T.J. Edwards.

The Badgers led 28-3 after Coan's 7-yard bootleg run with 9:59 left in the fourth quarter. Caesar Williams' interception of Perry led to the 34-yard drive.

Taiwan Deal scored on a 1-yard run with eight seconds left for the final margin.

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