2017 Orange Bowl: Live updates, No. 10 Miami Hurricanes vs. No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: A detailed view of Capital One Orange Bowl signage on pylon before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers at Hard Rock Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS — Keep it locked here for updates from the 2017 Orange Bowl, where the 10th-ranked Hurricanes (10-2) will play the sixth-ranked Badgers (12-1) in one of college football’s marquee bowl games.

FINAL: No. 6 Wisconsin 34, No. 10 Miami 24

Miami interception (1:19 4Q)

Malik Rosier’s third. This one’s over.

Miami missed FG (4:34 4Q)

Woah. Miami’s all-time leading scorer, senior kicker Michael Badgley, doinked the right post from 23 yards out, down 10 with 4:34 left.

Jeff Thomas caught a 48-yard deep ball to get Miami to the 10, but Malik Rosier couldn’t find anyone on third-and-goal from the 8.

Wisconsin 34, Miami 24 (7:44 4Q)

Alex Hornibrook marched down the field, going 6-for-6 for 74 yards and a 6-yard touchdown to Danny Davis. UM seemingly couldn’t cover anyone.

Wisconsin 27, Miami 24 (11:34 4Q) 

From 41 yards out, Michael Badgley got the Canes within three. Lawrence Cager had catches of 13 and 14 yards on that drive, both on third downs.

END 3Q: No. 6 Wisconsin 27, No. 10 Miami 21

Miami punt (1:56 3Q) 

A Badgers touchdown might spell doom for the Canes. UM must have a stop here. A pick-six would be even better for the hometown squad.

Wisconsin 27, Miami 21 (3:39 3Q)

Badgers hit a 47-yarder. Opposing kickers are now 21-for-21 against Miami this year.

Miami interception (8:48 3Q) 

Good times over, for now. Malik Rosier threw an interception in the end zone. Wisconsin cornerback Derrick Tindal, who was hurt early in the game, got in front of Lawrence Cager to haul in a low and short throw from Rosier.

Also, UM fans pointing out a missed holding call may have a point (again):

Braxton Berrios made a pair of outstanding diving catches to get UM downfield. He picked up 16 and 21 yards on successive receptions.

Record book update (9:40 3Q)

The touchdown pass gave Malik Rosier a Miami record. After throwing his 25th touchdown pass this season, he is responsible for 31 touchdowns total, breaking the record set in 1986 by Vinny Testaverde.

Wisconsin punt (9:40 3Q) 

Shaq Quarterman nearly came down with an interception on first down, Michael Pinckney made a second-down stuff and Wisconsin’s Kendric Pryor dropped a crossing pass — the play that’s been hurting UM all game — on third down. Braxton Berrios hauled in the punt at the enemy 45.

Wisconsin 24, Miami 21 (10:52 3Q) 

After Miami and Wisconsin traded punts to start the half, the Hurricanes scored a critical six.

Malik Rosier extended the play long enough for Lawrence Cager to get behind the defense for a 38-yard score. Cager was all alone. Rosier hit him with an gentle floater. Looked easy, and what good timing for the Canes.

HALF: No. 6 Wisconsin 24, No. 10 Miami 14

During a pre-scheduled halftime interview with ESPN’s Molly McGrath, a heated Mark Richt was asked what got him hot. His reply:

“If you watch the tape, you’ll see.”

Then he jogged away.

Richt was evidently miffed over a missed holding call before UM allowed a touchdown to fall behind 24-14 with 3:59 left in the half.

ESPN’s Joey Galloway, on the network’s halftime show, professed there was “no doubt he should be ejected from this game.” The broadcast crew pointed out that Richt “forcibly grabbed” and “bumped” an official. The video backed that up.

In the locker room, Richt would try to figure out what was going wrong with his offense, which lost three net yards on nine plays over four drives after the Hurricanes went up 14-3 with 3:18 left in the first quarter. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, meanwhile, had to figure out what happened to a unit that was burned for 21 unanswered points in the second quarter, letting the Badgers take control.

Wisconsin led the Orange Bowl 24-14 at halftime. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who started 3-of-9 for 23 yards, closed the half 10-of-11 for 116 yards and three touchdowns. Seven of those throws went for 10 yards or longer. Freshman running back Jonathan Taylor had 16 carries for 85 yards.

For Miami, Malik Rosier was 3-of-7 for 41 yards and an interception, but the combination of DeeJay Dallas (four carries, 57 yard,s, touchdown), Travis Homer (seven carries, 37 yards, touchdown) and Rosier (five carries, 20 yards including a 16-yarder) averaged 7.1 yards per carry.

Wisconsin 24, Miami 14 (0:19) 

Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook is 10-for-his-last-11 for three touchdowns, as the Badgers have taken total control of the Orange Bowl. UM had the place rocking at one point. No longer.


UM forced a third-and-7 at Wisconsin’s 41, but Alex Hornibrook hit A.J. Taylor over the middle for a first down. Trajan Bandy was late on the coverage.

Mark Richt was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, and if not for strength-and-conditioning coach Gus Felder, may have gotten a little too close to the officials (see below). The penalty moved the ball to the . Moves the ball 5 yards to the 5. Wonder if the word “holding” came out of Richt’s mouth in his chat with officials.

Miami punt (3:59 2Q) 

The Canes need a stop here, bad.

A three-and-out, which ended with Malik Rosier swallowed up by a pair of defensive linemen and a “let’s go Badgers” chant from the traveling fans in red, forced a punt. It was long enough (49 yards) but low, and after a 10-yard return the Badgers will start at their 38.

Wisconsin 17, Miami 14 (5:49 2Q) 

On a drive that included a 255-pound fullback hurdling a Hurricanes cornerback in the open field, the Badgers retook the lead.

A.J. Taylor’s 16-yard touchdown catch, on which he got behind safety Sheldrick Redwine on a fade, was the second touchdown throw of the night for sophomore Alex Hornibrook. He is 9-of-15 for 91 yards, and UM hasn’t forced enough mistakes.

The aforementioned hurdled came when fullback Austin Ramesh, listed at 6-1 and 255 pounds, jumped over Dee Delaney. Miami’s defense didn’t provide enough resistance beyond some decent pressure from the defensive line.

Also, Wisconsin did a chain-snatching celebration:

Record book update (around 8:00 2Q)

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, with 10 carries and 79 yards already, has the most rushing yards by a freshman in FBS history. He broke Adrian Peterson’s record (1,925), set in 2004 at Oklahoma.  Taylor entered the game with 1,847 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Miami punt (12:27 2Q)

Miami began the drive with Tyree St. Louis false start. Wisconsin’s Olive Sagapolu sacked him on second down for a loss of 4. On fourth-and-11, Zach Feagles produced a quality, 47-yard punt — a major sigh of relief, since the true freshman has struggled this year — and set up the Badgers at their own 29.

Miami 14, Wisconsin 10 (13:36 2Q)

A Malik Rosier interception burned Miami. Wisconsin scored three plays later. Badgers receiver Danny Davis made a 20-yard touchdown catch over Dee Delaney, who wasn’t able to get a hand on the ball.

Miami interception (14:56 2Q)

Malik Rosier threw it right into the hands of Wisconsin linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, who had a huge pick-six in the Big Ten Championship loss to Ohio State. He’s a playmaker. But Rosier made an off-target throw, trying to get it to Braxton Berrios on a quick out.

END 1Q: No. 10 Miami 14, No. 6 Wisconsin 3

Wisconsin punt (0:07 1Q

Big-time D-line pressure from Miami there. Trent Harris, Chad Thomas, Joe Jackson, RJ McIntosh, Jonathan Garvin all factored in in a big way.

Two breaks of the zebra variety: Wisconsin avoided a sack via a late timeout, and Miami avoided a long gain on a great catch by Kendric Pryor (who got behind Jhavonte Dean) on a holding call. Yes, a Miami opponent was called for a hold.

This is great

Miami 14, Wisconsin 3 (2:49 1Q) 

DeeJay Dallas took a direct snap and raced 39 yards for a touchdown, after gaining 6 yards on the first play of the drive. Short and sweet. Dallas punctuated the TD by mimicking a brushing-off of any dirt on the front of his uniform. He has a career-high 57 yards and a touchdown on four carries, and a 22-yard catch.

As the touchdown was happening live, ESPN’s TV broadcast — which of course is on a delay — was showing a graphic about Miami injuries. Photos of Mark Walton, Ahmmon Richards and Chris Herndon, three major offensive weapons who were previously lost for the season, were shown.

No matter. Dallas, the freshman, was celebrating in the end zone. Former walk-on receiver Malik Mayweather and formerly little-used receiver Darrell Langham, both of whom provided blocking on the play, were in the end zone with him, celebrating Miami’s lead.

Also should note: Braxton Berrios continues to be an excellent blocker, especially for someone listed at 5-9 and 185 pounds.

Wisconsin punt (3:18 1Q) 

Outstanding defensive series, and Miami just swung the field position battle in a big way.

After a 39-yard punt from the end zone, the Hurricanes will start at the Badgers’ 45.

Wisconsin started at its own 9 after a holding call on the kickoff. Miami forced third-and-9 at the 10. Zach McCloud made a tackle in space for a 4-yard loss.

Injury update:

Will be monitoring this …

Miami 7,  Wisconsin 3 (5:21 1Q)

Travis Homer dragged Wisconsin linebacker Garrett Dooley into the end zone on a 5-yard touchdown run, putting the hometown Hurricanes on top.

After failing to impress with its opening salvo, Miami put together a highly effective drive. The Canes used 2:37 of clock and went 75 yards in seven plays.

To start, Malik Rosier picked up 16 yards on a sneak, then threw in the flat to DeeJay Dallas, who burst up the sideline for 22. Rosier and Dallas picked up 9 and 8 yards, respectively, showing their balance as runners. Homer bounced outside and lowered his shoulder for 11 yards, getting UM to the 5. Homer bulled his way in from there.

Injury note: Wisconsin cornerback Derrick Tindal, a South Florida native, jogged off after laying on the turf for a brief moment.

Wisconsin 3, Miami 0 (7:58 1Q)

We have points. A 45-yard field goal by Rafael Gaglianone put the Badgers on the board, after an eight-play, 47-yard drive and a stand by Miami.

Jonathan Taylor opened things by rushing for 14 yards. Alex Hornibrook hit Kendrick Pryor on a crossing route for another first down. Badgers coach Paul Chryst used a tricky move: having Taylor stand up straight for a moment and pause after taking the handoff, and having him burst ahead. He got 19 yards on that delay tactic, and no Miami defender was able to hit him while he stood in the backfield with the ball. UM forced a third-and-8 at its own 17, and Trajan Bandy wasn’t tall enough to come down with a high Hornibrook fade to the end zone.

Miami missed FG (11:16 1Q)

Miami couldn’t capitalize on a turnover, even though Travis Homer’s 31-yard rush got the Hurricanes to the Wisconsin 38. The Badgers’ D stopped Malik Rosier and Homer for gains of a yard each, and kicker Michael Badgley was short and wide right on a 53-yard attempt. Still scoreless here.

Turnover Chain, Pt. I (13:11 1Q)

Dee Delaney wore the gold, stunting a drive that appeared bound for a Wisconsin touchdown. Delaney, the fifth-year Miami cornerback, jumped on a loose ball at the UM 31 after star Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor lost his grip.

Joe Jackson chased Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook into a throwaway on the first play of the game, but Hornibrook hit A.J. Taylor on third-and-9 to get beyond midfield. Taylor was wide-open on an 18-yard pickup.

Jonathan Taylor got loose for a gain of 14 on the next play and appeared to fumble. The play was originally ruled down, but referees overturned the call.


Coin toss

Miami won and deferred. This is a common occurrence for the Canes, who have won nearly every toss this year (and deferred).

Pregame updates

7:47 p.m. — Videos and photos from the field:


6:23 p.m. — The Post (well, this Post writer, anyway) is predicting a Hurricanes win. Click here for the matchup breakdown and my pick.

Walking into the stadium (check my live story at instagram.com/mattyports for more), the tailgates were overwhelmingly Miami-flavored, with wafting cigar smoke and the aroma of grilled meats, adult beverages aplenty and orange-and-green colors everywhere.  There’s a buzz out there. UM people are expecting a strong home crowd.

Injured Hurricanes Ahmmon Richards, Demetrius Jackson and Charles Perry just walked onto the field. Perry and Herndon are using one crutch. Richards, wearing a brace on his left knee, and Jackson were not. Evidence Njoku, sans crutch, stood with them as they chatted and joked around for a bit.

Miami is wearing its all-black uniforms, completed by black helmets. Wisconsin, it appears, will be in all-white.

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