No. 20 Wisconsin Rallies To Top Wildcats 9-7
Sept. 18, 2004
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Booker Stanley ran for a career-high 135 yards on 30carries, including a 7-yard run for Wisconsin's only touchdown, and the20th-ranked Badgers rallied for a stormy 9-7 victory over Arizona on Saturday.
The game was delayed for 88 minutes in the second quarter because oflightning.
Mike Allen, who missed a conversion try, kicked a 23-yard field goal with3:47 to play for what proved to be the game winner.
Arizona drove to the Wisconsin 25 on its last possession, but a false startpenalty pushed the Wildcats back. Nick Folk, who earlier missed a 43-yarder tothe right, missed one from 47 to the left with 43 seconds to play.
Kris Heavner's 44-yard scoring pass to Mike Jefferson put Arizona up 7-0with 32 seconds left in the first half, the only touchdown Wisconsin (3-0) hasallowed this season.
The Wildcats (1-2), who lost to a nationally ranked team for the 16thstraight time, recovered two Wisconsin fumbles and stopped the Badgers onfourth-and-1 at the Arizona 4.
However, Wisconsin converted on its three other fourth-down tries, includingone each on both of its scoring drives.
The Badgers used up 7:26 to drive 72 yards to the Arizona 5 and set upAllen's field goal. On fourth-and-5 from the Wildcats 35, John Stocco threw sixyards to Owen Daniels to the 29. Stanley followed with a 16-yard run to the 12.
Stanley is filling in for star tailback Anthony Davis, who missed his secondstraight game with an eye injury.
Coaches for both teams agreed to skip half time because of the long delay,which came with 6:13 left in the second quarter and the game scoreless.
During and after the unscheduled break, heavy rain from Tropical StormJavier drenched the grass field at Arizona Stadium.
When play resumed, Wisconsin moved from its 8 to its 27, then had to punt.Arizona got a first down at the Wisconsin 45, then on third-and-9, defender JimLeonhard slipped on the muddy turf when Jefferson made his move. Heavner'sthrow was short, but Jefferson was so wide open he came back to catch it, thenmade it to the end zone.
The Badgers went 56 yards in 10 plays for their touchdown. On fourth-and-3from the Arizona 27, Stocco faked a handoff up the middle, then ran outside tohis left eight yards to the 19. A 9-yard pass to Matt Bernstein set upStanley's 7-yard touchdown run up the middle that made it 7-6 with 14:21 toplay.
However, the snap on the conversion was high, and holder Ken DeBauche barelygot the ball down. Allen's kick was wide right.
Even before the storm hit, there was little offense from either team.
After a Wisconsin sack of Heavner forced Arizona to punt from its 14 on itsfirst possession, Leonhard's tackle-breaking 23-yard return gave the Badgersthe ball at the Arizona 34.
Stocco's keeper on fourth-and-1 at the Arizona 15 gave the Badgers a firstdown on the 13. But on fourth-and-1 at the 4, Bernstein was stopped for a2-yard loss.