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Wisconsin Badgers hold off Arizona State in Las Vegas Bowl

Thursday's bowl game marked the Badgers' 20th consecutive bowl bid

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Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst celebrates after his team defeated Arizona State
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst celebrates after his team defeated Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Las Vegas. L.E. Baskow/AP Photo

Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen ran for 159 yards and Wisconsin drained the final 9:57 off the clock with an 18-play drive that sealed a 20-13 victory over Arizona State in the Las Vegas Bowl Thursday night.

Allen, the 17-year-old true freshman from Fond du Lac, had 101 yards by halftime for his eighth 100-yard game of the season.

Graham Mertz finished 11 of 15 for 137 yards and a touchdown to senior tight end Jake Ferguson, who caught three passes for 33 yards in his final game for Wisconsin.

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The Badgers started 1-3 with Big Ten losses to ranked opponents Penn State and Michigan but answered with a seven-game winning streak to earn a 20th consecutive bowl bid.

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