Hornibrook's 4 TDs carry Badgers over Miami, 34-24 in Orange

Miami head coach Mark Richt watches the game during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

Joe Skipper

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Miami Hurricanes took an early 11-point lead over Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl and lost it.

Then coach Mark Richt lost it, too.

Angry that Wisconsin wasn't flagged for holding on a pivotal play, Richt grabbed head linesman Gus Morris by the arm during a sideline tirade and drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Badgers scored on the next play en route to a 34-24 victory Saturday night.

Richt yelled at length at three officials, even after being restrained by Miami strength coach Gus Felder. Referee Matt Loeffler stepped in to separate Richt from Morris.

Richt was still yelling as he walked through the tunnel at the end of the first half, and his mood didn't improve thereafter. The No. 10 Hurricanes (10-3) finished the season with three consecutive losses and were dominated in time of possession on their home field by No. 6 Wisconsin (13-1).

The play that triggered Richt's outburst came with Wisconsin leading 17-14 but facing a third and 11 in the final minute of the first half. Right tackle David Edwards grabbed defensive end Trent Harris' right arm, giving Alex Hornibrook time to throw a 21-yard completion to the 10.

In a brief TV interview at the end of the half, Richt wasn't specific about what made him mad.

"If you watch the tape, you'll see," he said.

Following the penalty, Hornibrook threw a touchdown pass on the next play to make it 24-14. Again Edwards appeared to hold Harris, and again there was no flag.

Richt's tantrum was part of a meltdown by the Hurricanes, who led 14-3 after 13 minutes. They totaled 153 yards in their first three possessions, and 3 yards in their next four series.

Another non-call came in the third quarter, when Miami's Malik Rosier's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Derrick Tindal. The cornerback appeared to hold intended receiver Lawrence Cager before the ball was thrown.

The officiating crew was from the Southeastern Conference, where Richt coached at Georgia in 2001-15.

Rosier threw an interception in the second quarter that jump-started the Badgers' comeback. The Hurricanes' last chance to rally ended when Michael Badgley's 24-yard field goal attempt clanked off the right upright with 4:34 left and Wisconsin leading 34-24.

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