ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- John Stocco hoped a win over Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl would help silence those who have questioned the quality of Wisconsin's schedule.
"I'm just so tired of hearing that stuff," the Badgers quarterback said.
He won't have to hear much more of it after helping No. 6 Wisconsin to a 17-14 victory over the No. 12 Razorbacks on Monday. Stocco threw for two touchdowns in the first half, and the Badgers (12-1) held on through a tense second half.
Wisconsin won 12 games in a season for the first time, a nice claim for a team overshadowed by Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Michigan. But this was the Badgers' first win over a ranked team. Their only loss was to Michigan, and Ohio State wasn't on their schedule.
"One of the biggest things we did at one of our team meetings this week was that we played some news clips from some of the news stations back in Arkansas," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. "Once again, they pointed out that we hadn't played anybody this year ... we certainly used that as a motivational factor."
Arkansas (10-4) had several chances to seize momentum, and each time, Wisconsin held the Razorbacks off.