Allen's kick gives Wisconsin win

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- Mike Allen was just a walk-on kicker when the Alamo Bowl started. His Wisconsin teammates were ready to carry him off on their shoulders when it was all over.

Allen's 37-yard field goal in overtime sent the Badgers to a 31-28 win over No. 14 Colorado on Saturday night.

The sophomore had to shake some jitters before his winning kick.

"I haven't been automatic from 37," said Allen, who was 11-of-18 this season with a long of 48 yards. "Luckily today I was."


Brooks Bollinger threw two touchdown passes and ran for the tying score with 51 seconds left in regulation for Wisconsin. The Badgers (8-6) improved to 7-1 in bowl games under coach Barry Alvarez.

Colorado (9-5) got the ball first in overtime but Patrick Brougham missed a 45-yard field goal attempt.

Wisconsin then gained 5 yards on three straight runs to set up the winning kick by Allen, who was mobbed by his teammates on the field.

Bollinger passed for 163 yards and ran for 82 more in the senior's ninth career fourth-quarter comeback. He completed a key 4th-down pass to keep the game-tying drive alive and was named outstanding offensive player of the game.

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