American Football Database
1996 Copper Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
University of Wisconsin 14 17 0 7 38
University of Utah 3 0 7 0 10
Date December 27, 1996
Season 1996
Stadium Arizona Stadium
Location Tucson, Arizona
MVP Ron Dayne (Wisconsin RB)
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson
Copper Bowl
 < 1995  1997

The 1996 edition to the Copper bowl was the 8th edition to the bowl game. It featured the Wisconsin Badgers, and the Utah Utes.

Game summary

Wisconsin scored first on a 38 yard touchdown run from Mike Samuel to open a 7–0 lead. Utah's Daniel Pulsipher answered with a 24 yard field goal to make it 7–3 Wisconsin. Wisconsin's Ron Dayne scored on a 40 yard touchdown run to make it 14–3 Wisconsin.

In the second quarter, Wisconsin's Cyrill Weems intercepted a Utah pass, and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, making it 21–3 Wisconsin. John Hall added a 38 yard field goal to make it 24–3. Ron Dayne added a 3 yard touchdown run to make it 31–3 Wisconsin at halftime. In the third quarter, Juan Johnson scored on a 1 yard run to make it 31–10. Ron Dayne's third touchdown run of the game, a 1 yarder, made the final score Wisconsin 38, Utah 10.

Freshman running back Ron Dayne would finish the game with a whopping 30 carries for 246 yards and three touchdowns, breaking the Copper Bowl rushing record and the Big Ten single-season rushing record with the accumulated yardage.[1] Ironically, this yardage (and the yardage gained in his other three bowl game appearances) is not included in Dayne's NCAA record-breaking career rushing total of 6,397 yards, as it would be for any back trying to break the record today. Dayne was named the MVP of the game.


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