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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Badgers Outlast Tar Heels 14-5

Brian Calhoun did it again for Wisconsin, rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a gritty 14-5 victory over penalty-prone North Carolina on Saturday night.

The Badgers hardly put up the gaudy numbers they have become accustomed to this season, but it was enough to make them 3-0 for the third time in four seasons. Calhoun carried the ball 38 times and continued his impressive start, giving him 471 yards so far in his first season after transferring from Colorado.

Few of his runs were pretty, yet they were effective enough to hand the Tar Heels (0-2) another close loss. Calhoun's best efforts came on consecutive plays midway through the fourth quarter, a 26-yard run to move the Badgers down to the North Carolina 32, and a 14-yarder to get it even closer.

Three plays later, he scampered in from the 4 for his final TD to make it 14-3 and put the game out of reach. The Tar Heels tried to rally, driving to 4-yard line in the final 2 minutes before Matt Bakers' pass on fourth down fell incomplete.

Wisconsin punter Ken DeBauche then stepped out of the end zone on the final play to account for the final score


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