Former Riders assistant coach Paul Chryst guides Wisconsin to Orange Bowl win

Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press

Paul Chryst spent one season with the Ottawa Rough Riders and another in Saskatchewan and he’s risen to the elite in American college football.

Chryst’s University of Wisconsin Badgers capped off the winningest season in school history by topping No. 11 Miami 34-24 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night.

The Big Ten – shut out of the College Football Playoff after Wisconsin lost to Ohio State in the conference title game – moved to 7-0 in bowls this season.

“You play the whole season and you earn what you get and I’m proud of this team,” Chryst, Wisconsin’s head coach, said. “They can call themselves Orange Bowl champions. That’s pretty big.”

Jonathan Taylor ran for 130 yards on 26 carries for the Badgers (13-1), who rallied from an early 14-3 deficit. Taylor finished the year with an FBS-freshman-record 1,977 yards. A.J. Taylor also had a scoring catch for Wisconsin.

“I take as much responsibility as anybody, actually more because I’m in charge of everything,” Miami head coach Mark Richt said. “I didn’t coach good enough and we will get better. I can promise you that.”

The Badgers dominated time of possession, holding the ball for nearly 40 minutes. Hornibrook completed 23 of 34 passes for 258 yards, going 20 for 25 in the final three quarters.

Travis Homer and Deejay Dallas had rushing scores for Miami (10-3), which lost on its home field for the first time in 2017. Lawrence Cager had a touchdown catch for the Hurricanes, while quarterback Malik Rosier was 11 for 26 passing for 203 yards – with three interceptions.

The Hurricanes had a chance to get within a touchdown midway through the fourth, but Michael Badgley’s chip-shot field goal went off the right upright. By the time Miami got the ball back, most of their fans were gone and only 1:37 remained. Rosier was picked off for the third time 18 seconds later, and the Badgers ran out the clock.

“They did a really good job making me throw balls into tight coverage,” Rosier said.

Homer went in from five yards out to give Miami the early lead, and Dallas’ 39-yard scamper for a score out of the wildcat formation pushed the Hurricanes’ edge to 14-3 late in the first quarter.

Miami was rolling.

It was temporary.

Rosier’s pass was intercepted by Wisconsin’s Andrew Van Ginkel on the first play of the second quarter, and the game quickly changed. Alex Hornibrook threw touchdown passes on three consecutive possessions – two to Danny Davis, one to A.J. Taylor – and the Badgers held the ball for more than 11 minutes in that quarter alone on the way to taking a 24-14 lead into the half.

Richt was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct just before the third of those scores, after losing his cool while arguing with officials about what replays showed was a missed holding call that would have pushed Wisconsin back. He grabbed at head linesman Gus Morris – part of the SEC crew on the game – while pleading his case, as Miami security personnel unsuccessfully tried to keep him calm.

“Apologies to anyone who can read lips,” Richt said.

The Hurricanes got within three points twice in the second half, the first coming when Rosier bought some time and lobbed the ball to a wide-open Cager for a 38-yard score. Rosier tried to connect with Cager again later in the third, but got intercepted again on a play where the Hurricanes thought Cager got held as he neared the end zone.

Hornibrook and Davis connected on a scoring play for the third time with 7:44 left, Hornibrook threw four touchdown passes, three to Davis. The Badgers weren’t threatened again and started talking about a title run in 2018.

“We’re all coming back,” Hornibrook said. “But nothing is going to happen if we don’t put in the work.”


Wisconsin: Hornibrook became just the third Badgers quarterback in the last 15 years to have multiple games with at least four touchdown passes in the same season. Scott Tolzien had a pair of four-TD games in 2009, and Jim Sorgi had games of four and five TDs in consecutive weeks back in 2003. From 2012 through 2016, the Badgers never had a quarterback throw for four scores in a game.

Miami: The Hurricanes were on a four-game losing streak last season, then started what became a 15-game winning streak that ended in the regular-season finale against Pitt, and now will take a three-game slide into 2018. The four touchdown passes allowed matched the most allowed by Miami in any game since Oklahoma threw for six TDs in a 2007 romp over the Hurricanes.


Rosier’s third-quarter touchdown pass to Cager was the 31st touchdown he’s accounted for this season, a Miami single-season record. The previous mark was 30, set by Vinny Testaverde in 1986.


Hornibrook is the great-nephew of former Miami quarterback John Hornibrook, who was under centre for a memorable play in Hurricanes history. John Hornibrook ran in for a touchdown against Florida in 1971, on a play dubbed the Gator Flop _ one where every Florida defender fell to the ground in order to let Miami score and get the ball back so Gators quarterback John Reaves could break the NCAA career passing record. The ploy worked.


Wisconsin: Hosts Western Kentucky on Aug. 31.

Miami: Plays LSU in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 1.


3 Comments on Former Riders assistant coach Paul Chryst guides Wisconsin to Orange Bowl win

  1. Regular Season Champs // December 31, 2017 at 10:49 am //

    Good to see him succeeding

  2. Why would Miami be playing LSU in Texas next year?

  3. Good to see as CFL trained coach do so well after making various stops north and south of the border. Maybe a few of his Badger players will be CFL bound to carry on the tradition.

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