Badgers' Andersen has experienced bowl success

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By Jeff Potrykus
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thursday, December 26, 2013

ORLANDO, Fla.--The bowl record of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez is impressive.

Alvarez went 8-3 in bowl games as UW’s head coach (1990-2005) but suffered a 20-14 loss to Stanford in the 2013 Rose Bowl while serving as UW’s interim head coach.

Gary Andersen, the man Alvarez hired to succeed Bret Bielema, has experienced only one bowl loss in his coaching career.

Andersen went 1-1 in bowl games as the head coach at Utah State. The Aggies suffered a 24-23 loss to Ohio in the 2011 Idaho Potato Bowl, the program’s first bowl game since 1997. The Aggies routed Toledo, 41-15, in the 2012 Idaho Potato Bowl, only the second bowl victory in program history.

Andersen was 7-0 as an assistant at Utah, with two of the victories coming in BCS bowls.

“Winning a bowl game is a one-game series for a championship,” Andersen said Wednesday night after UW arrived in Orlando to continue preparing to face South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl. “When you win it, it is something that is going to be in a trophy case forever.

“That trophy is going to be there when those kids come back 20 years from now and bring their kids in. It is a great feeling.

“There is a dramatic difference between winning and losing. I’ve been fortunate to be in a few bowl games and have only lost one. It is tough when you lose a bowl game. It puts a sour taste in your mouth.”

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