ORLANDO, FL (WHBL) - Wisconsin has now lost four straight bowl games after falling to 8th-ranked South Carolina 34-24 at Wednesday's Capital One Bowl in Orlando. The 19th-ranked Badgers had trouble controlling Gamecocks' quarterback Connor Shaw. The senior ended his college career with three touchdown passes, a rushing T-D, and a receiving score. Shaw completed 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards, and seemed to have no problem slicing through the Badgers' secondary. Wisconsin had a one-point lead at the half, and a 35-yard field goal from Jack Russell gave the Badgers a 17-13 lead after the first drive of the second half. South Carolina then scored twice to go up by 10. Kenzel Doe then ran back a kickoff 91 yards to get Wisconsin back to within three. It was the Badgers' first kickoff touchdown return since 2010. Shaw responded with a one-yard T-D run, and South Carolina never looked back. Bruce Ellington was the Gamecocks' top receiver with six catches for 140 yards and two scores. Shaq Roland had 112 receiving yards on six receptions. Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said the Badgers lost way too many contested catches to the Gamecocks' fast receivers. He called it a "defining moment" which the Badgers must address. Wisconsin's two top running backs rushed for a combined 250 yards. Melvin Gordon had 143 yards on 25 carries, and James White had 12 runs for 107 yards. Badgers' quarterback Joel Stave completed 9of 13 passes for 80 yards and two scores before he left with a right shoulder injury. His backup, Curt Phillips, completed 7 of 12 for 37 yards with two late picks. Wisconsin ended its first season under coach Andersen at 9-4. South Carolina finished 11-2. After the game, Gamecocks' defensive end Jadeveon Clowney told a T-V reporter he would skip his senior year and enter the N-F-L Draft.
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