January 1, 2007

Happy ending

ORLANDO, Fla. - John Stocco was just happy he could suit up one final time and conclude his career at the University of Wisconsin where he belongs, on the field with his teammates.

After sitting out the Badgers' final two regular season games with an injury to his ribs and throwing arm, the senior quarterback made his return to the field, guiding No. 6 Wisconsin (12-1) to a 17-14 victory over No. 12 Arkansas Monday at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

In Stocco's opinion, a more fitting final chapter could not have been written. The Badger signal-caller finished the game with two touchdown passes on 14-of-34 attempts for 206 yards and was awarded MVP honors at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

"This is the way I wanted to go out," said Stocco, who is now second among Wisconsin's all-time leaders in passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions, completion percentage and passing touchdowns. "Being on the field with my teammates and finishing my career as a Badger on such a high not, I couldn't get any better."

Much was put on Stocco's shoulder's early in the game. The Razorback defensive line outplayed UW's front five and were in the backfield much of the afternoon, tallying six sacks. In addition, the Badger running game was non-existent as sophomore P.J. Hill had a season-low 36 yards on 19 carries.

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