Wisconsin Defeats Arizona State 20-13 in Las Vegas Bowl

This is the first Las Vegas Bowl played at Allegiant Stadium

The 2021 SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl has a new Champion.

On Thursday, December 30, 2021, the Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils, 20-13. Both teams represented their conferences in this year’s Las Vegas Bowl.

It marked the first year that the Las Vegas Bowl was hosted at Allegiant Stadium.

First Half

Wisconsin fullback John Chanel scored on an eight-yard touchdown run. He put the Badgers up 7-0. Arizona State kicker Christian Zendejas booted a 38-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3.

Tight end Jake Ferguson scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Graham Mertz.

An extra point by kicker Collin Larsh made the score 14-3 at the end of one.

Zendejas hit another field goal for Arizona State, opening the score for the Sun Devils. The lead was cut to 14-6.

Wisconsin led 14-6 early in the second quarter. Back-to-back field goals by Collin Larsh gave the Badgers a 20-6 lead at the end of the first half.

The Badgers did a great job controlling the clock with their ground and pound run game. They kept the Sun Devils off the field for the remainder of the first half.

Tribute to John Madden @ Halftime

On Tuesday, the football world lost an NFL legend as John Madden passed away at age 85. For older fans, Madden was remembered first as one of the Raiders most successful head coaches during the team’s time in Oakland.

From 1969 to 1978, Madden posted an astounding record of 103 wins, 32 losses and 7 ties. He led his team to a win in Super Bowl XI over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, January 9, 1977. The final score was 32-14.

During the tribute, ESPN announcers Beth Mowins and Kirk Morrison reminisced about how Madden meant so much to the football world. Morrison mentioned how he loved being featured in Madden’s football games and just appreciated his legacy.

second Half

The Badgers continued to hold on to their 20-6 lead until 8:32 left in the third quarter.

Arizona State running back Daniyel Ngata ran the ball in for a three-yard touchdown to make it a one score game heading into the fourth quarter.

Both teams were playing well and it was time to see which team would come out the winner!

Nobody scored in the fourth quarter and the Wisconsin Badgers won the 2021 SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl 20-13.

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At only 17-years old, freshman Braelon Allen stole the show. He was named the games MVP, and for good reason.

He ran for 159-yards on 29 carries, 101 of the yards by half-time. He had eight 100-yard games and averaged 6.8 yards a carry this season.

“Being able to have the season that I ended up having. I can’t thank the guys enough for the support,” Allen told yahoo.news.com, selected the game’s MVP. “Keeping my head on straight and keep on encouraging me, just telling me my time was going to come. All the credit goes to the O-line and all the guys in the room.”

Coaches Thoughts

“Really proud of this group,” Badgers coach Paul Chryst told yahoo.news.com. “Took a lot of guys to get us that victory. It’s really what this season’s been. It’s a special team.”

“Disappointing outcome for us,” Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards told yahoo.news.com. “We got off to a bad start, I thought. Fell behind, and you don’t want to fall behind to a team like this. They chew a lot of time of the clock with the running game.”

Next Season

Wisconsin: September 3, 2022 to host Illinois

Arizona State: September 1, 2022 to host Northern Arizona

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