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Big East: Badgers' Sorgi wins start at last

By Associated Press
Published August 31, 2003

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Jim Sorgi ran off the field waving his index finger, showing everyone that he finally won as a starter.

Sorgi brought Wisconsin back from 10 points down in the second half and Anthony Davis' 1-yard touchdown run with 2:57 left gave the Badgers a 24-17 win over West Virginia on Saturday.

"That was for victory No.1, and hopefully one of many this year," Sorgi said. "This was a confidence builder to get a quality win on the road."

Sorgi was 0-5 as a starter dating to 2000, though he earned comeback wins as a three-year backup to Brooks Bollinger.

Last year, Wisconsin quarterbacks had great pass protection and found open receivers in beating West Virginia 34-17 at home. This time Badger receivers weren't always easy targets, so Sorgi improvised. He ran nine times for 47 yards.

"He's no Bollinger or (Michael) Vick, but he can move," Mountaineer linebacker Grant Wiley said.

Sorgi was 20-of-34 for 215 yards, including a 20-yard score to Lee Evans that tied the score at 17 early in the fourth quarter.

Early in the third quarter, Quincy Wilson slipped a tackle at the line for a 36-yard gain to the Badger 5. Two plays later, he bounced off a defender for a 2-yard score to put West Virginia ahead 17-7.

A short punt by West Virginia's Todd James and Jim Leonhard's 18-yard return early in the fourth set up Sorgi's score to Evans. Evans, Wisconsin's career receiving leader, was playing for the first time since injuring his left knee in the 2002 spring game.

WAKE FOREST 32, BC 28: Boston College took another late hit from the Atlantic Coast Conference, losing on Cory Randolph's 43-yard touchdown pass with 1:47 left.

In June, the ACC changed its plan to add Big East teams BC and Syracuse and chose Virginia Tech instead, starting with the 2004 season. The ACC already had added Miami.

Just as host BC's early hopes faded then, they disappeared this time after the Eagles took a 21-12 lead into the fourth quarter.

Trailing 28-25, Wake got the ball with 2:24 left. Just 37 seconds later, Randolph ended a 75-yard drive with a pass to Chris Davis.

On the ensuing possession BC drove to the Demon Deacon 24 but Quinton Porter fumbled the snap, picked the ball up and threw a pass that was batted back at him. He caught it and it was jarred loose for a fumble recovered by Wake's Quintin Williams, ending BC's chances.

RUTGERS 24, BUFFALO 10: Tres Moses scored on a 66-yard punt return and a 15-yard catch in the first quarter for the host Scarlet Knights, who broke a nine-game losing streak.

Ryan Hart had a career-high 225 yards passing and a touchdown and freshman Justise Hairston scored on a 6-yard run for Rutgers, which led 21-0 at halftime and sent the Bulls to their 11th consecutive loss.

[Last modified August 31, 2003, 01:47:13]


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