2006 Capital One Bowl
1234 Total
Wisconsin 10707 24
Auburn 0037 10
DateJanuary 2, 2006
StadiumFlorida Citrus Bowl
LocationOrlando, Florida
MVPRB Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin
FavoriteAuburn by 10.5
RefereeRon Cherry (ACC)
PayoutUS$4.25 million
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersGary Thorne, Ed Cunningham, Jerry Punch
Capital One Bowl
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The 2006 Capital One Bowl was a post-season college football bowl game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Auburn Tigers on January 2, 2006, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Despite the odds against them, Wisconsin defeated the higher ranked Tigers, 24-10.[2]

Prior to the bowl game, Barry Alvarez announced that he would be stepping down as head coach of Wisconsin after 16 seasons and eight bowl victories in order to focus his attention on his duties as the athletic director at the University.

Brian Calhoun, the MVP of the game, rushed 30 times for 213 yards and a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the game for the Badgers. This would turn out to be his last collegiate football game as Calhoun opted to forgo his senior year in favor of entering the NFL Draft. Badgers QB John Stocco threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Wisconsin wide receiver Brandon Williams caught six passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in addition to 35 yards rushing.

Despite having the top offense in the Southeastern Conference, Auburn was not able to establish themselves against the Badgers defense. In the 2005 season, Auburn had not been shut out in the first half. Overall, Auburn's offense was outgained by Wisconsin by over two to one.


Statistics Wisconsin Auburn
1st Downs 24 19
Total Yards 548 236
Passing Yards 301 137
Rushing Yards 247 99
Penalties 7-56 5-35
3rd Down Conversions 7–15 4-14
4th Down Conversions 0-0 2-2
Turnovers 1 2
Time of Possession 30:48 29:12

Scoring summary

Scoring Play Score
1st Quarter
WIS – Brandon Williams 30 Yd Pass from John Stocco (Taylor Mehlhaff kick), 7:55 WIS 7-0
WIS – Taylor Mehlhaff 19 Yd FG, 0:21 WIS 10-0
2nd Quarter
WIS – Owen Daniels 13 Yd Pass From John Stocco (Taylor Mehlhaff kick), 7:19 WIS 17-0
3rd Quarter
AUB – John Vaughn 19 Yd FG, 11:54 WIS 17-3
4th Quarter
AUB – Courtney Taylor 9 Yd Pass From Brandon Cox (John Vaughn kick), 14:49 WIS 17-10
WIS – Brian Calhoun 33 Yd Run (Taylor Mehlhaff kick), 13:22 WIS 24-10


  1. ^ "Capital One Bowl History".[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Badgers win Capital One Bowl in Alvarez's final game".