Western Michigan: QB Zach Terrell, 3,376 yards, 32 TDs passing, three interceptions; 236 yards, six TDs rushing.
Wisconsin: The Badgers had a six-game winning streak to make it to the Big Ten championship game, where the West Division champs had a 28-7 lead but lost 38-31 while giving up their most points all season.
Western Michigan: The Mid-American Conference champion Broncos are the only FBS team other than No. 1 Alabama to be undefeated. The Broncos beat two Big Ten teams early this season, 22-21 at Northwestern and 34-10 at Illinois.
Wisconsin 19, Western Michigan 7; Aug. 31, 2000.
Wisconsin: 28th bowl game, 18th played on Jan. 1 or 2. First time to play in Cotton Bowl. This is the 15th season in a row with bowl game, and 20th in 21 seasons.
Western Michigan: Eighth bowl game, but first time playing in one of the New Year's Six bowls. Only bowl win was 45-31 over Middle Tennessee State in last year's Bahamas Bowls.