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Wisconsin Badgers football
2014 Wisconsin Badgers football team
University of Wisconsin Waving W.svg
First season 1889
Athletic director Barry Alvarez
Head coach Gary Andersen
1st year, 9–4  (.692)
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
Stadium capacity 80,321
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Madison, Wisconsin
Conference Big Ten
Division West
All-time record 653–481–53 (.572)
Postseason bowl record 11–14 (.440)
Unclaimed national titles 1[1]
Conference titles 14 (1896, 1897, 1901, 1906, 1912, 1952, 1959, 1962, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Heisman winners 2
Consensus All-Americans 22
Current uniform
Badgers footb uniform.png
Colors

Cardinal and White

          
Fight song On, Wisconsin!
Mascot Buckingham U. Badger
Marching band University of Wisconsin Marching Band
Rivals Iowa Hawkeyes
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Website UWBadgers.com

The Wisconsin Badgers football team is the intercollegiate football team of University of Wisconsin–Madison. The Badgers have competed in the Big Ten Conference since its formation in 1896. They play their home games at Camp Randall Stadium, the fourth-oldest stadium in college football. Wisconsin has had two Heisman Trophy winners, Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, and have had eight former players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. As of January 1, 2014, the Badgers have an all-time record of 653–481–53.[2]

Team name origin[edit]

The team's nickname originates in the early history of Wisconsin. In the 1820s and 1830s, prospectors came to the state looking for minerals, primarily lead. Without shelter in the winter, the miners had to "live like badgers" in tunnels burrowed into hillsides.[3]

Team history[edit]

The 1903 team

The early years (1889–1912)[edit]

The first Badger football team took the field in 1889, losing the only two games it played that season. In 1890, Wisconsin earned its first victory with a 106–0 drubbing of Whitewater Normal School (now the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater), still the most lopsided win in school history. However, the very next week the Badgers suffered what remains their most lopsided defeat, a humiliating 63–0 loss at the hands of the University of Minnesota. Since then, the Badgers and Gophers have met 122 times, making Wisconsin vs Minnesota the most-played rivalry in the Football Bowl Subdivision.[4]

Upon the formation of the Big Ten conference in 1896, Wisconsin became the first-ever conference champion with a 7–1–1 record. Over the next ten years, the Badgers won or shared the conference title three more times (1897, 1901, and 1906), and recorded their first undefeated season, going 9–0–0 (1901). With the exception of their second undefeated season in 1912, in which they won their fifth Big Ten title.

Moderate successes (1913–1941)[edit]

The 1912 season would be their last conference title until 1952. The team posted mostly winning seasons over the next several seasons however.

The climb back to dominance (1942–1962)[edit]

1942 was an important year for Wisconsin football. On October 24, the #6 ranked Badgers defeated the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall, catapulting Wisconsin to the #2 spot in the AP poll. Unfortunately for the Badgers, their national championship hopes were dashed in a 6–0 defeat by the Iowa Hawkeyes the following week. Nevertheless, Wisconsin won the remainder of its games, finishing the season 8–1–1 and #3 in the AP, while garnering the Helms Athletic Foundation vote for National Champion.

The Badgers experienced great success during the 1950s, finishing in the AP Top 25 eight times that decade. In 1952, the team received its first #1 ranking by the Associated Press. That season, the Badgers again claimed the Big Ten title and earned their first trip to the Rose Bowl. There they were defeated 7–0 by the Southern California, and would finish the season ranked #11 in the AP. In 1954 after a 7-2 season Wisconsin's Alan Ameche became the first badger to win the Heisman Trophy. Wisconsin returned to the Rose Bowl as Big Ten Champions in 1959, but fell to the Washington Huskies, 44-8.

In 1962, the Badgers earned their eighth Big Ten title and faced the top-ranked USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl. Despite a narrow 42–37 defeat, the Badgers still ended the season ranked #2 in both the AP and Coaches polls (post-bowl rankings were not introduced until later in the decade).

Limited successes (1963–1989)[edit]

Wisconsin football experienced little success for the remainder of the 1960s, reaching a low point with back-to-back winless seasons in 1967 and 1968. After languishing through the 1970s, the team had a string of seven-win seasons from 1981–84 under Dave McClain. During that time the Badgers played in the Garden State Bowl (1981), Independence Bowl (1982), and Hall of Fame Classic Bowl (1984). McClain's death during spring practice in 1986 sent the Badgers into free fall. From 1986 to 1990, the Badgers won a total of nine games.

Return to relevance with Alvarez era (1990–2005)[edit]

In 1990, Barry Alvarez became the head coach of the Badgers and, following three losing seasons (including a 1–10 campaign in his first year), Alvarez led the Badgers to their first Big Ten championship and first Rose Bowl appearance in over 30 years. On January 1, 1994 Wisconsin defeated UCLA 21–16 to claim its first Rose Bowl victory. Over his 16-year tenure as head coach, Alvarez led the Badgers to two more conference championships (one outright, one shared), eleven bowl games (going 8–3), two more Rose Bowl victories (1999 and 2000), and a #4 ranking in the final AP Poll of the '99 season.

Bret Bielema era (2006–2012)[edit]

Following the 2005 season, Alvarez resigned as headcoach in order to focus on his duties as athletic director, a position he had assumed in 2004. He named his defensive coordinator, Bret Bielema, as his successor. From 2006 to 2011, Bielema led the Badgers to six consecutive bowl appearances (going 2–4). In 2010, the Badgers won a share of the Big Ten Championship and returned to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2000. There they were defeated 21–19 by the #3 ranked TCU. In 2011, the Badgers were once again crowned Big Ten Champs when they defeated Michigan State in the first-ever conference championship game. The victory sent Wisconsin back to the Rose Bowl for a second consecutive year, where they were defeated by the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks, 38–45.

The 2012 season ended with the Badgers winning a third consecutive Big Ten title. Despite finishing with a 7-5 record and third in the Leaders Division, the Badgers advanced to the Big Ten Championship game by virtue of the fact that Penn State and Ohio State were ineligible for postseason play. A dominating rushing performance led Wisconsin to a 70-31 victory over #12 ranked Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship game. Only days later, Brett Bielema resigned to become the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks. Gary Andersen, formerly coach of Utah State University, was named head coach on December 19, 2012. At the request of the team captains, Barry Alvarez named himself interim coach for the 2013 Rose Bowl, where the Badgers lost, 20-14 to Stanford.[5]

Gary Andersen Era (2013–present)[edit]

Andersen's first win as the Badgers coach was a 45-0 win against Massachusetts. His first Big Ten football victory was a 41-10 victory over Purdue.

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position
Gary Andersen Head Coach
Dave Aranda Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Andy Ludwig Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Chris Beatty Wide Receivers Coach
Thomas Brown Running Backs Coach
Bill Busch Safties Coach
Ben Strickland Cornerbacks Coach
Jeff Genyk Tight Ends Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Chad Kauha'aha'a Defensive Line Coach
T.J. Woods Offensive Line Coach
Luke Swan Offensive Graduate Assistant

All-time records[edit]

Victories over #1 ranked teams[edit]

Year Opponent Result Site
1942 vs. Ohio State W 17–7 Madison, WI
1962 vs. Northwestern W 37–6 Madison, WI
1981 vs. Michigan W 21–14 Madison, WI
2010 vs. Ohio State W 31–18 Madison, WI

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 10/16/2010

Bowl history[edit]

The Badgers have appeared in 25 bowl games[6] and have a record of 11 wins and 14 losses (11–14). Their most recent bowl game was in the 2014 Capital One Bowl. The Badgers have participated in a season-ending bowl game 12 consecutive seasons,[7] having lost the last four games.[8]

All-time Big Ten records[edit]

This chart includes both the overall record the University of Wisconsin Badgers have with the all-time Big Ten members, as well as the matchups that counted in the Big Ten standings. Wisconsin has been a member of the Big Ten since its creation in 1896. Michigan rejoined the league in 1917 after leaving in 1906. Chicago withdrew after 1939, and then Michigan State (1953), Penn State (1993), and Nebraska (2011) joined afterwards. (As of December 1, 2013)

Team Big Ten Wins Big Ten Losses Big Ten Ties Pct. Overall Wins Overall Losses Overall Ties Pct. Streak First Meeting Last Meeting
Chicago Maroons 18 15 5 .539 19 16 5 .538 Won 1 1894 1937
Illinois Fighting Illini 37 36 6 .513 37 36 7 .513 Won 4 1895 2013
Indiana Hoosiers 39 18 2 .678 39 18 2 .678 Won 9 1907 2013
Iowa Hawkeyes 42 42 2 .500 43 42 2 .506 Won 2 1894 2013
Michigan Wolverines 10 49 1 .175 14 49 1 .227 Won 2 1894 2010
Michigan State Spartans 18 29 0 .383 22 30 0 .423 Lost 1 1913 2012
Minnesota Golden Gophers 55 54 8 .504 56[9] 59[9] 8 .488 Won 10 1890 2013
Nebraska Cornhuskers 1 1 0 .500 4 4 0 .500 Won 1 1901 2012
Northwestern Wildcats 53 32 4 .618 57 33 5 .626 Won 2 1890 2013
Ohio State Buckeyes 18 56 5 .259 18 56 5 .259 Lost 3 1913 2013
Penn State Nittany Lions 7 8 0 .467 9 8 0 .529 Lost 2 1953 2013
Purdue Boilermakers 41 27 8 .592 42 29 8 .582 Won 8 1892 2013
339 366 41 .482 361 378 43 .489

All Data from The Wisconsin Football Fact Book[10]

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Record Conference
Record
Conference
Titles
Bowl Appearances Bowl Record NCAA
Championships
NCAA
Runner Up
Alvin Kletsch 1889 0–2
Ted Mestre 1890 1–3
Herb Alward 1891 3–1–1
Frank Crawford 1892 4–3
Parke H. Davis 1893 4–2
Hiram O. Stickney 1894–1895 10–4–1
Philip King 1896–1902 58–9–1 16–6–1 1896, 1897, 1901
Arthur Curtis 1903–1904 11–6–1 0–6–1
Philip King 1905 8–2 1–2
Charles P. Hutchins 1906–1907 8–1–1 6–1–1 1906
J. A. Barry 1908–1910 9–4–3 5–4–2
John R. Richards 1911 5–1–1 2–1–1
William Juneau 1912–1915 18–8–2 10–7–2 1912
Paul Withington 1916 4–2–1 1–2–1
John R. Richards 1917 4–2–1 3–2
Guy Lowman 1918 3–3 1–2
John R. Richards 1919–1922 20–6–2 12–6–2
John J. Ryan 1923–1924 5–6–4 1–5–3
George Little 1925–1926 11–3–2 6–3–2
Glenn Thistlethwaite 1927–1931 26–16–3 10–14–2
Clarence Spears 1932–1935 13–17–2 7–13–2
Harry Stuhldreher 1936–1948 45–62–6 26–45–4
Ivy Williamson 1949–1955 41–19–4 29–13–4 1952 1 0–1
Milt Bruhn 1956–1966 52–45–6 35–37–5 1959, 1962 2 0–2 1962
John Coatta 1967–1969 3–26–1 3–17–1
John Jardine 1970–1977 37–47–3 25–38–1
Dave McClain 1978–1985 46–42–3 32–34–3 3 1–2
Jim Hilles 1986 3–9 2–6
Don Morton 1987–1989 6–27 3–21
Barry Alvarez 1990–2005 118–73–4 65–60–3 1993, 1998, 1999 11 8–3
Bret Bielema 2006–2012 68–24 37–19 2010, 2011, 2012 6 2–4
Barry Alvarez 2012 0–1 1 0–1
Gary Andersen 2013–Present 9–4 6–2 1 0–1
Total 1889–present 653–480–51 344–367–41 14 24 11–13 0 1

Updated on: January 1, 2014 All Data from The Wisconsin Football Fact Book[10]

Rivalries[edit]

Current rivalries[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Badgers celebrating their win by carrying Paul Bunyan's Axe around the stadium after the 2009 game

The UW-UM series is the nation’s most-played rivalry in Division I football and has been played continuously since 1907. Much prestige was always associated with the game, and the significance was emphasized with its place on the schedule. Between 1933 and 1982, the Wisconsin-Minnesota game was always the final regular-season contest for each school. The series took an added twist in 1948 when more than state bragging rights were on the line. After a 16-0 setback that season, the Wisconsin lettermen's group, the National 'W' Club, presented Minnesota with an axe wielded by Paul Bunyan. He was the mythical giant of Midwestern lumber camps. Each year since, the winner of the annual battle between the Big Ten rivals is presented with the axe, complete with scores inscribed on the handle, for display on its campus. Minnesota leads the series 59-56-8.[9]

Iowa[edit]

Iowa is Wisconsin's other arch rival. Although the rivalry started in 1894, the Heartland Trophy was inaugurated in 2004 and goes each year to the winner. The trophy was designed and crafted by artist and former Iowa football player Frank Strub. The trophy, which is a bull mounted on a walnut base (native to both Wisconsin and Iowa), has been inscribed with the scores of all games in the long-time series. With Big Ten expansion, the Wisconsin and Iowa football teams were placed in separate divisions, thus ending their annual rivalry. However, with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers, Iowa and Wisconsin will be placed back in the same division in 2014. Wisconsin leads the series at 43-42-2.

Inactive rivalries[edit]

Marquette[edit]

From 1904 to 1960 Wisconsin forged an intense rivalry with the Marquette Golden Avalanche. During this time these two schools were the only two Division I football in the state of Wisconsin (Marquette being located in Milwaukee). These two schools played every year from 1932 to 1960 until Marquette terminated their football program. The Badgers won the series record 32-4. Marquette no longer has a Division I football program.

Individual school records[edit]

Rushing records[edit]

  • Most rushing attempts, career: 1220, Ron Dayne (1996–99)
  • Most rushing attempts, season: 356, Montee Ball (2012)
  • Most rushing attempts, game: 50, Ron Dayne (November 9, 1996 vs. Minnesota)
  • Most rushing yards, career: 7,125, Ron Dayne (1996–99)*
  • Most rushing yards, season: 2,109, Ron Dayne (1996)
  • Most rushing yards, game: 339, Ron Dayne (November 30, 1996 vs. Hawaiʻi)
  • Highest average yard per carry, career (min 300 att.): 6.24, James White (2010–13)
  • Highest average yard per carry, season (min 100 att.): 7.81, Melvin Gordon (2013)
  • Highest average yard per carry, game (min 10 att.): 14.9, Ken Starch (September 28, 1974 vs. Minnesota)
  • Most rushing touchdowns, career: 77, Montee Ball (2009-2012)*
  • Most rushing touchdowns, season: 33, Montee Ball (2011)*
  • Most rushing touchdowns, game: 5, Billy Marek (November 23, 1974 vs. Minnesota), Anthony Davis (November 23, 2002 vs. Minnesota), and Brian Calhoun (September 3, 2005 vs. Bowling Green and October 29, 2005 vs. Illinois)
  • Most games with at least 100 rushing yards, career: 33, Ron Dayne (1996–99)
  • Most games with at least 100 rushing yards, season: 11, Brent Moss (1993)
  • Most games with at least 200 rushing yards, career: 14, Ron Dayne (1996–99)
  • Most games with at least 200 rushing yards, season: 5, Ron Dayne (1996)

Passing records[edit]

Receiving records[edit]

Scoring records[edit]

Kickoff/Punt return records[edit]

  • Most kickoff return yards, career: 3,025, David Gilreath (2007–10)
  • Most kickoff return yards, season: 967, David Gilreath (2007)
  • Most kickoff return yards, game: 201, Jared Abbrederis (January 2, 2012 vs. Oregon)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns, career: 2, Danny Crooks (1969–71), Ira Matthews (1975–78), and Nick Davis (1998–2001)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns, season: 2, Ira Matthews (1976) and Nick Davis (1999)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns, game: 1, many times, most recent - Kenzel Doe (January 1, 2014 vs. South Carolina)
  • Highest average per kickoff return, career (min 30 ret.): 25.8, Jared Abbrederis (2010–13)
  • Highest average per kickoff return, season (min 10 ret.): 29.6, Ira Matthews (1976)
  • Highest average per kickoff return, game (min 3 ret.): 42.7, Selvie Washington (September 21, 1974 vs. Nebraska)
  • Most punt return yards, career: 1,347, Jim Leonhard (2001–04)
  • Most punt return yards, season: 470, Jim Leonhard (2003)
  • Most punt return yards, game: 158, Earl Girard (November 8, 1947 vs. Iowa)
  • Most punt return touchdowns, career: 4, Ira Matthews (1975–78)
  • Most punt return touchdowns, season: 3, Ira Matthews (1978)
  • Most punt return touchdowns, game: 2, Earl Girard (November 8, 1947 vs. Iowa)
  • Highest average per punt return, career (min 25 ret.): 13.7, Brandon Williams (2002–05)
  • Highest average per punt return, season (min 15 ret.): 16.9, Ira Matthews (1978)
  • Highest average per punt return, game (min 3 ret.): 52.7, Earl Girard (November 8, 1947 vs. Iowa)

Defensive records[edit]

  • Most interceptions, career: 21, Jamar Fletcher (1998–2000) and Jim Leonhard (2001–04)
  • Most interceptions, season: 11, Jim Leonhard (2002)
  • Most interceptions, game: 4, Clarence Bratt (November 20, 1964 vs. Minnesota)
  • Most interceptions returned for a touchdown, career: 5, Jamar Fletcher (1998–2000)
  • Most interceptions returned for a touchdown, season: 3, Jamar Fletcher (1998)
  • Most interceptions returned for a touchdown, game: 2, Bob Radcliffe (October 15, 1949 vs. Navy)
  • Most tackles, career: 451, Pete Monty (1993–96)
  • Most tackles, season: 181, Dave Lokanc (1972)
  • Most tackles, game: 28, Dave Crossen (November 5, 1977 vs. Purdue)
  • Most tackles for loss, career: 58, Tarek Saleh (1993–96)
  • Most tackles for loss, season: 31, Tom Burke (1998)
  • Most tackles for loss, game: 6.5, Alex Lewis (October 18, 2003 vs. Purdue)
  • Most quarterback sacks, career: 33, Tarek Saleh (1993–96)
  • Most quarterback sacks, season: 22, Tom Burke (1998)
  • Most quarterback sacks, game: 6, Tim Jordan (October 19, 1985 vs. Northwestern)
  • Most fumbles forced, career: 14, Chris Borland (2009–13)*
  • Most fumbles recovered, career: 9, Scott Erdmann (1975–78)
  • Most fumbles recovered, season: 5, Ed Bosold (1972)
  • Most fumbles recovered, game: 3, Michael Reid (November 16, 1985 vs. Ohio State)
  • Most passes defended, career: 62, Mike Echols (1998–2001)
  • Most passes defended, season: 25, Mike Echols (2000) and Jim Leonhard (2002)
  • Most passes defended, game: 6, Mike Echols (November 6, 1999 vs. Purdue)
  • Most blocked kicks, career: 8, Richard Johnson (1982–84)
  • Most blocked kicks, season: 6, Richard Johnson (1984)
  • Most blocked kicks, game: 3, Richard Johnson (September 15, 1984 vs. Missouri)

Note *-indicates NCAA FBS Record

All Data from The Wisconsin Football Fact Book[11]

Honors[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Wisconsin Badgers retired numbers
No. Player Position
33 Ron Dayne RB
35 Alan Ameche FB
40 Elroy Hirsch RB, WR
80 Dave Schreiner E
83[12] Allan Shafer 1 QB
88 Pat Richter E, WR, P

1 Shafer only played 6 games for the team before his death of injuries received in a game on November 11, 1944. He was 17 years old.[13]

College Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Gabe Carimi, currently plays tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, seen here playing for Wisconsin
Name Position Year Inducted
Barry Alvarez Head Coach 2010
Alan Ameche Fullback 1975
Marty Below Tackle 1988
Bob Butler Tackle 1972
Ron Dayne Running Back 2013
Pat Harder Fullback 1993
Elroy Hirsch Running Back/Wide Receiver 1974
Phillip King Head Coach 1962
George Little Head Coach 1955
Pat O'Dea Punter/Kicker 1962
Pat Richter Wide Receiver 1996
Dave Schreiner Tight End 1955[14]

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Name Position
Arnie Herber Quarterback
Elroy Hirsch Wide Receiver
Mike Webster Center

Individual award winners and finalists[edit]

The following players have been nominated for national awards. Players highlighted in yellow indicate winners:

National Jewish Sports Hall of Famers[edit]

Current NFL players[edit]

Wisconsin Badgers in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 261
First picks in draft: 0
1st Round: 28
NFL achievements
Hall of Famers: 3
Pro Bowlers 24
Name Position Current Team
Montee Ball Running Back Denver Broncos
Jake Byrne Tight End San Diego Chargers
Gabe Carimi Offensive Tackle Atlanta Falcons
Jonathan Casillas Linebacker Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Marcus Cromartie Cornerback San Diego Chargers
Owen Daniels Tight End Houston Texans
Bradie Ewing Fullback Atlanta Falcons
Travis Frederick Center Dallas Cowboys
Garrett Graham Tight End Houston Texans
Nick Hayden Defensive Tackle Dallas Cowboys
Shelton Johnson Safety Oakland Raiders
Peter Konz Guard Atlanta Falcons
Lance Kendricks Tight End St. Louis Rams
Jim Leonhard Safety Buffalo Bills
DeAndre Levy Linebacker Detroit Lions
Chris Maragos Safety Seattle Seahawks
Brad Nortman Punter Carolina Panthers
Chris Pressley Fullback Cincinnati Bengals
O'Brien Schofield Linebacker Seattle Seahawks
Matt Shaughnessy Defensive End Arizona Cardinals
Devin Smith Cornerback Pittsburgh Steelers
Joe Thomas Offensive Tackle Cleveland Browns
Scott Tolzien Quarterback Green Bay Packers
Nick Toon Wide Receiver New Orleans Saints
Kraig Urbik Guard Buffalo Bills
Ricky Wagner Offensive Tackle Baltimore Ravens
J.J. Watt Defensive End Houston Texans
Russell Wilson Quarterback Seattle Seahawks
Kevin Zeitler Guard Cincinnati Bengals

Current Arena Football League players[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
at LSU* vs. Alabama* vs LSU* at BYU vs BYU vs Virginia Tech at Virginia Tech
vs Western Illinois vs Miami (Ohio) vs Washington at Washington
vs Bowling Green
vs South Florida

* The 2014 game against LSU will be played at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
* The 2015 game against Alabama will be part of the Cowboys Classic held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.[16]
* The 2016 game against LSU will be played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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