Wisconsin Beats Hawaii in Final Game of Regular Season
Nov. 26, 2005
HONOLULU (AP) - Brian Calhoun ran for 149 yards, including 133 in the first half, and a touchdown to lead No. 24 Wisconsin to a 41-24 victory over Hawaii on Friday night in coach Barry Alvarez's final regular-season game with the Badgers.
Wisconsin (9-3) snapped a two-game skid and now waits to find out which bowl it will play in.
It was the 117th victory and secured the sixth nine-win season for Alvarez, who is retiring from coaching after 16 years. He will continue as Wisconsin's athletic director, a position he has held since April 2004.
Wisconsin's ground attack, led by the quick and shifty Calhoun, wore down Hawaii and opened up the passing game.
Badgers quarterback John Stocco was nearly flawless, going 12-of-16 for 191 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also had a 1-yard scoring run on fourth-and-goal late in the third quarter to put the Badgers up by 17.
Stocco connected with Jonathan Orr on a 17-yard touchdown pass to put the Badgers up 24-7.
The duo also teamed up in the opening quarter. Orr got past a defender and caught a 23-yard TD pass to give Wisconsin a 14-7 lead.
The Badgers totaled 440 yards of offense, including 292 in the first half, on a muggy night at Aloha Stadium.
The Warriors (4-7), who have one more regular-season game next weekend, couldn't get their high-powered offense fully going.
Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan was 33-of-53 for 403 yards and three touchdowns, but had problems with Wisconsin's aggressive defense. He has now thrown for 3,975 yards and 32 TDs in his first year with the Warriors.
The Badgers sacked Brennan five times, intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and forced him to fumble on Hawaii's 9, which was converted to a 24-yard field goal by Taylor Mehlhaff, giving Wisconsin a 27-10 lead.
Brennan had touchdown tosses of 3 and 8 yards to freshman Davone Bess, who had four receptions for 34 yards and saw his string of 100-yard receiving games end at five.
Fellow freshman Ryan Grice-Mullen had 11 receptions for 140 yards and joined Bess in the 1,000-yard receiving club. Grice-Mullen has 1,062 yards this season.
Calhoun, who wrapped up the regular season with 1,423 yards rushing, scored Wisconsin's first touchdown on a 10-yard sweep to the left side, knocking down the pylon. The score was setup by a 38-yard, play-action pass to Brandon Williams.
Hawaii quickly tied it 7-7 on a short pass from Brennan to a leaping Bess, just in front of the thousands of red-clad Wisconsin fans in attendance.
That was as close as it got, as Wisconsin proceeded to run over Hawaii.
Booker Stanley rushed 15 times for 78 yards and had a 6-yard TD run in the final quarter.