1996 Copper Bowl

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1996 Copper Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Wisconsin 14 17 0 7 38
Utah 3 0 7 0 10
Date December 27, 1996
Season 1996
Stadium Arizona Stadium
Location Tucson, Arizona
MVP Ron Dayne (Wisconsin RB)
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson
Copper Bowl
 < 1995  1997

The 1996 edition to the Copper bowl was the 8th edition to the bowl game. It featured the Wisconsin Badgers, and the Utah Utes.

Game summary[edit]

Wisconsin scored first on a 38 yard touchdown run from Mike Samuel to open a 7–0 lead. Utah's Daniel Pulsipher answered with a 24 yard field goal to make it 7–3 Wisconsin. Wisconsin's Ron Dayne scored on a 40 yard touchdown run to make it 14–3 Wisconsin.

In the second quarter, Wisconsin's Cyrill Weems intercepted a Utah pass, and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, making it 21–3 Wisconsin. John Hall added a 38 yard field goal to make it 24–3. Ron Dayne added a 3 yard touchdown run to make it 31–3 Wisconsin at halftime. In the third quarter, Juan Johnson scored on a 1 yard run to make it 31–10. Ron Dayne's third touchdown run of the game, a 1 yarder, made the final score Wisconsin 38, Utah 10.

Freshman running back Ron Dayne would finish the game with a whopping 30 carries for 246 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the Copper Bowl rushing record and the Big Ten single-season rushing record with the accumulated yardage.[1] Ironically, this yardage (and the yardage gained in his other three bowl game appearances) is not included in Dayne's NCAA record-breaking career rushing total of 6,397 yards, as it would be for any back trying to break the record today. Dayne was named the MVP of the game.

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