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2014 Capital One Bowl: South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24

The Badgers hung tough for the majority of the game, but the injury to Joel Stave and a gassed defense proved too much to overcome.

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Podcast: B5Q roundtable on 2013 season

We return to our weekly format starting this week with recapping the NFL playoffs and discussion on the Badgers' 2013 football season.

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Defense review: Shaw, Ellington too much for UW

In the end, Connor Shaw and South Carolina's potent duo of receivers were too much for a defense susceptible to dangerous passing attacks.

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Final polls: Wisconsin finishes Nos. 21, 22

Florida State, Auburn, Michigan State, South Carolina and Missouri round out the top fives.

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Offense review: Stave injury, turnovers hurt UW

A promising first half with a lead over a top-10 team diminished in the second half, where the injury to Joel Stave and a flurry of late turnovers sealed Wisconsin's fate in Orlando.

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Capital One Bowl grades: Not a pretty picture

A position-by-position look at Wisconsin's latest postseason failure. Links lead to ESPN highlights.

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The five lessons of 2013

Getting reflective with the end of a year and a season.

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Bowl game once again unkind to Wisconsin

Well, that didn't go as planned. Let's assess the damage following Wisconsin's fourth straight bowl loss.

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Halftime: Wisconsin 14, South Carolina 13

Roughly, I'd say that first half was 70 percent good Wisconsin, 30 percent bad Wisconsin. As expected, the Badgers have enjoyed great success on the ground, totaling 159 rushing yards on 22 attempts (7.2 yards per). Melvin Gordon has been the star, gaining 78 yards on 13 carries (6.0 yards per), while James White has 41 yards on seven carries (5.9 yards per). Corey Clement also got his earliest burn of the season, gaining 32 yards on a nifty play that saw White receive the direct snap in a Wildcat formation before handing off to the freshman.

The bad? Anyone with an eye on the TV and/or Twitter would tell you Joel Stave and some iffy defense. South Carolina has 183 yards at halftime (Wisconsin has 223), but quarterback Connor Shaw has been brilliant in torching the Badgers' secondary with his ability to keep plays alive with his feet. Shaw is 11-of-13 for 133 yards and a touchdown, plus 17 yards off 8 carries. That rushing total is unremarkable, but the number of plays he either kept alive or made something out of very little was too much to count.

Stave, meanwhile, is 7-of-11 for 64 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. That pick, though, was fairly unlucky:

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Otherwise, Wisconsin has limited South Carolina's rushing attack to 17 yards on three carries from Mike Davis and 8 yards on two carries from Brandon Wilds.

The other star, aside from Gordon and Shaw, is certainly Gamecocks wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who has hauled in three catches for 91 yards, including this:

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Can Wisconsin hang onto the lead in the second half? Come watch along with us in the game thread!

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GAME THREAD: Capital One Bowl

Happy New Year! Perhaps the Badgers can ring it on a solid note with a win in Orlando.

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5th Quarter Consensus: UW will get win in Orlando

Will Wisconsin bounce back from an uncharacteristic home loss to Penn State to pick up its first bowl victory since 2009? Our staff thinks so.

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Capital One Bowl Q&A with Garnet And Black Attack

Our SB Nation brethren are here to dig deeper into the New Year's Day affair. What's in store for Wisconsin vs. South Carolina?

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Capital One Bowl preview

There are plenty of reasons that the potential big-boy football of the bowl season is going to entertain you.

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Melvin Gordon to return for junior season

Gordon tested the waters by seeking evaluation from the NFL draft advisory board, but has elected to return to Madison.

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Notebook: DBs supporting Jakarrie Washington

After Thursday's practice, Wisconsin's defensive backs discussed how Washington's handled his dismissal from the team. Plus, coaches and players talk about defending South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and making sure they represent the Big Ten well in the Capital One Bowl.

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Wisconsin announces 2013 football award winners

After a remarkable senior season, Chris Borland was named the Jimmy Demetral Team MVP.

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Dallas Lewallen questionable for South Carolina

After missing the last four games of the regular season, starting center Dallas Lewallen remains "very limited" in practice and may not play New Year's Day. Plus, A.J. Jordan works at defensive back, and recruits visit the Badgers' practice Friday.

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Wisconsin defense motivated for Capital One Bowl

Wisconsin's defense feels like it didn't represent itself well during the team's regular-season finale against Penn State. The Badgers plan on taking advantage of one more opportunity to end the season on a high note.

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2014 Capital One Bowl: Return of the Pac-12 Refs

WELL I JUST GOT WORD THAT THIS STINKS.

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Jadeveon Clowney cited for going 110 in a 70

"This is why you don't give college football players a million weeks off before the bowl game!" said nobody.

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Getting to know South Carolina

Now that the Badgers know who they will play in the Capital One Bowl, what should we know about South Carolina?

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UW playing South Carolina in Capital One Bowl

As expected, the Badgers have landed in the Capital One Bowl. There, they'll face No. 9 South Carolina.

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