Badgers beat Western Michigan in Cotton Bowl


The for senior members of the Wisconsin Badgers football team, today is a day they won’t ever forget. The Badgers just took on Western Michigan, who was on their way to a perfect season, with 13 wins on the season.

The Badgers won with stunning defensive plays, 24-16.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports

“I think we’ve got a lot of guys who are the heart of the team,” senior linebacker Vince Biegel said before the game. “There’s not just one guy. What makes our team special is we’re a collective group.

“I think not just myself but our whole team was hurt after the Penn State game. And the best thing for us to kind of overcome those things is to get back to work.

“And that’s what we did right away. Getting prepared, doing those things get you prepared to turn the page and move forward. That’s what we’ve done. All eyes on Western Michigan.”

Senior Bart Houston got the start over Hornibrook, who started all nine Big Ten regular-season games but missed the league title game (concussion).

Houston completed 11 of 12 passes for 159 yards. His only incompletion came on a an end-zone drop by Fumagalli.

Fumagalli more than made up for the mistake. He caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. He was named the Outstanding Offensive Player.

For more on the Badgers win, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel