1944 Wisconsin Badgers football team
|1944 Wisconsin Badgers football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1944 record||3–6 (2–4 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Harry Stuhldreher (9th year)|
|Home stadium||Camp Randall Stadium|
|1944 Big Ten football standings|
|#2 Ohio State $||6||–||0||–||0||9||–||0||–||0|
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. 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. His jersey number (No. 83) was retired, and his name appears on the Camp Randall Stadium facade.
Tackle Clarence Esser received the team's most valuable player award. Allan Shafer was the team captain. 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.
The team played its home games at Camp Randall Stadium. During the 1944 season, the average attendance at home games was 22,010.
|September 30||at Northwestern||Dyche Stadium • Evanston, IL||W 7–6|
|October 7||Marquette*||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 21–2|
|October 14||No. 8 Ohio State||No. 19||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||L 7–20|
|October 21||at No. 1 Notre Dame*||Notre Dame Stadium • Notre 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 Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||L 0–35|
|November 11||Iowa||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 26-7|
|November 18||at No. 5 Michigan||Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI||L 0–14|
|November 25||Minnesota||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||L 26–28|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. All times are in Central Time.|
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