Originally created 01/03/06

Badgers stars send Alvarez out on top



ORLANDO, Fla. - Barry Alvarez leaves Wisconsin with a win. His offensive stars and a surprisingly stingy defense made sure of that.

Brian Calhoun rushed for 213 yards, John Stocco passed for 301 and Brandon Williams had 173 yards receiving, lifting the 21st-ranked Badgers to a 24-10 victory over No. 7 Auburn in the Capital One Bowl on Monday.

It was a fitting farewell for Alvarez, who led Wisconsin to eight bowl wins in 16 seasons and now will focus on his duties as athletic director. The Badgers (10-3) were 1-5 all-time in the postseason before his arrival but sent him off with his fourth 10-win season.

They dominated the Tigers (9-3) throughout, amassing 311 yards and a 17-0 lead in the first half.

Alvarez's players rushed over to hug him as he ran onto the field celebrating another big win. Architect of numerous firsts for Wisconsin, Alvarez became the first Wisconsin coach to win his finale since Milt Bruhn in 1966. Defensive coordinator Bret Bielema takes over as head coach.

Calhoun, a junior pondering a leap to the NFL, rushed 30 times and scored on a 33-yard run in the fourth quarter. Stocco was 15-for-27 with two touchdown passes, a 30-yarder to Williams and a 13-yarder to Owen Daniels.

Williams also had four carries for 35 yards as the Badgers dismantled a defense that came in allowing just 294 yards per game.

The Tigers edged back into the game, but the Southeastern Conference's top offense never got going. They were held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season and finished with just 236 yards. Wisconsin gained 548.