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Game 12

Wisconsin 38, Utah 10 - Copper Bowl

Tucson, Ariz. - Dec. 27, 1996
Arizona Stadium - Att. 42,122

TUCSON, Ariz. - The battle between the nation's two biggest collegiate running backs never materialized, as Utah lost star runner Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala to a first-quarter ankle injury. Wisconsin's Ron Dayne held up his end of the bargain, however, rushing for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-10 Wisconsin win.

Offensively, the Utes rang up more net yards (430-365) and more first downs (26-16) than the Badgers, moved inside UW's 5-yard line twice and inside the 20-yard line another three times, but four interceptions spelled their doom. In his final game, U. quarterback Mike Fouts completed 27 of 49 passes for 327 yards, but was picked off four times. Terence Keehan and Kevin Dyson had big receiving nights--each catching six passes for 100 and 95 yards, respectively. Juan Johnson collected Utah's only TD of the day on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter. Johnson accounted for 88 of Utah's 103 rushing yards.

Utah held Wisconsin to just 16 passing yards, but the defense could not stop the run--allowing 349 yards.

Wisconsin   14  17   0   7 - 38
Utah         3   0   7   0 - 10

Scoring Summary
UW--Samual 38 run (Hall kick), 10:11, 1st
UU--Pulsipher 24 field goal, 3:53, 1st
UW--Dayne 40 run (Hall kick), 3:11, 1st
UW--Weems 82 interception return (Hall kick), 13:28, 2nd
UW--Hall 38 field goal, 2:02, 2nd
UW--Dayne 3 run (Hall kick), 0:42, 2nd
UU--Johnson 1 run (Pulsipher kick), 4:14, 3rd
UW--Dayne 1 run (Hall kick), 12:31, 4th

Team Statistics            UU       UW
First Downs                26       16
Net Rushing            31-103   45-349
Passing               48-27-4   16-6-2
Passing Yards             327       16
Total Offense          80-430   51-365
Fumbles                   1-0      2-1
Penalties                2-11     3-31
Interceptions         4-125-1      0-0
Punting                  2-62     2-82
Punt Returns              1-8      0-0
Kickoff Returns          2-46     3-59
Time of Possession      34:18    25:42
Third Down Conversions  11-17      5-9
Fourth Down Conversions   0-1      1-1
Sacks By                  0-0      1-6

Individual Leaders
Rushing (Att-Yds-TD)--Utah: Johnson 20-88-1, Fuamatu-Ma'afala 4-5-0, Bacon 4-9-0. Wisconsin: Dayne 30-246-3, Samuel 5-44-1, McCullough 5-22-0.

Passing (Att-Comp-Yds-TD)--Utah: Fouts 49-27-4-327-0. Wisconsin: Samuel 6-2-0-16-0.

Receiving (Rec-Yds-TD)--Utah: Keehan 6-100-0, Dyson 6-95-0, Henry 6-47-0. Wisconsin: Hayes 1-9-0, Brown 1-7-0.

Kickoff Returns--Utah: Dyson 2-46. Wisconsin: Stecker 3-59.

Punt Returns--Utah: Dyson 1-8. Wisconsin: none.

Utah Defensive Leaders--Tackles: Lave 8, Boglin 6, Love 6. Sacks: none. Interceptions: none.

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