|Written by Admin|
|Tuesday, 01 January 2008 10:57|
The guys from the ``Show-Me State'' made their case for having deserved a chance in one of the elite bowl games, routing Darren McFadden and Arkansas 38-7 Tuesday in the Cotton Bowl to cap a magical season.
The biggest surprise is that the damage was done by running back Tony Temple, not quarterback Chase Daniel, a Heisman Trophy finalist like McFadden.
Temple, a 5-foot-9 senior who is often overlooked in Missouri's pass-heavy offense, broke long-standing Cotton Bowl records with 281 yards and four touchdowns. Both records fell on his last run, a spinning, tackle-breaking, 40-yarder into the end zone.
Mizzou (12-2) was ranked No. 1 after beating Kansas in the regular-season finale, then lost badly to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.
Arkansas played like a team ready to move on to next season.
The No. 25 Razorbacks (8-5) made a horrible impression on incoming coach Bobby Petrino, from the defense allowing the most yards rushing by a single player to the sloppiness of five turnovers.
No. 16 Tennessee 21, Wisconsin 17
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Erik Ainge ensured No. 16 Tennessee wouldn't leave the Outback Bowl with another disappointing loss.
The Volunteers star threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns to keep No. 18 Wisconsin from joining Michigan as the only Big Ten teams to beat Southeastern Conference opponents in bowl games three consecutive seasons.
Ainge completed 25 of 43 passes without a turnover to win MVP honors and help the Vols (10-4) erase unpleasant memories of a 10-point loss to Penn State in last year's Outback game.
Antonio Wardlow sealed Tennessee's first 10-win season since 2004 when he intercepted Tyler Donovan's deep throw intended for Paul Hubbard in the end zone in the final minute.
Receiver Gerald Jones took a direct snap from center and scored on a 3-yard run, then Ainge tossed TD passes of 29 yards to Josh Briscoe and 31 yards to Brad Cottam to help Tennessee build a 21-7 lead.
Donovan's 4-yard TD throw to Andy Crooks trimmed Wisconsin's deficit to 21-14 at the half. The Badgers (9-4) pulled within four points on Taylor Mehlhaff's 27-yard field goal in the closing seconds of the third quarter.
Donovan completed 14 of 24 passes for 155 yards. P.J. Hill returned to Wisconsin's offense after sitting out two games and missing part of two others, running for 132 yards on 16 carries.