1944 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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1944 Wisconsin Badgers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1944 record 3–6 (2–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Harry Stuhldreher (9th year)
MVP Clarence Esser
Captain Allan Shafer
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
Seasons
← 1943
1945 →
1944 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Ohio State $ 6 0 0     9 0 0
#8 Michigan 5 2 0     8 2 0
Purdue 4 2 0     5 5 0
Minnesota 3 2 1     5 3 1
Indiana 4 3 0     7 3 0
#15 Illinois 3 3 0     5 4 1
Wisconsin 2 4 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 0 5 1     1 7 1
Iowa 0 6 0     1 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1944 Wisconsin Badgers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1944 Big Ten Conference football season. The team compiled a 3–6 record (2–4 against conference opponents) and finished in seventh place in the Big Ten Conference. Harry Stuhldreher was in his ninth year as Wisconsin's head coach.[1][2] This was the first season since 1905 that the Badgers started the season away from home.

On November 11, 1944, Allan Schafer, a 17-year-old freshman quarterback, died at Wisconsin General Hospital from a hemorrhage to the lung after a hit sustained in the second half of Wisconsin's 26-7 victory over Iowa.[3] His jersey number (No. 83) was retired, and his name appears on the Camp Randall Stadium facade.[4][5]

Tackle Clarence Esser received the team's most valuable player award.[6] Allan Shafer was the team captain.[7] Jug Girard, a 17-year-old freshman, was selected by Look magazine as a first-team halfback on the 1944 College Football All-America Team.[8]

The team played its home games at Camp Randall Stadium. During the 1944 season, the average attendance at home games was 22,010.[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 30 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 7–6  
October 7 Marquette* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 21–2  
October 14 No. 8 Ohio Statedagger No. 19 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 7–20  
October 21 at No. 1 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, Indiana L 13–28  
October 28 No. 16 Great Lakes Navy* Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 12–40  
November 4 at Purdue Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 0–35  
November 11 Iowa Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 26-7  
November 18 at No. 5 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0–14  
November 25 Minnesota Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 26–28  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Central Time.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1944 Wisconsin Badgers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. March 13, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book" (PDF). University of Wisconsin. 2016. pp. 212, 219. 
  3. ^ "Allan Shafer, Badger Gridder, Fatally Injured in Iowa Tilt: Youthful Quarterback Sustains Hemorrhage; Wisconsin Wins, 26-7". Green Bay Press-Gazette. November 13, 1944. p. 12. 
  4. ^ Flaherty, Tom (November 13, 1994). "Never A Star, No. 83 Left Mark At Wisconsin". Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Shafer's Jersey Number to be Retired". University of Wisconsin. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, p. 181.
  7. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, p. 185.
  8. ^ Hal Sayles (November 30, 1944). "Speaking of Sports". Abilene Reporter-News. p. 7. 
  9. ^ Wisconsin Football 2016 Fact Book, p. 258.