1972 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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1972 Wisconsin Badgers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1972 record 4–7 (2–6 Big Ten)
Head coach John Jardine (3rd season)
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 6 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 1 0
No. 9 Ohio State + 7 1 0     9 2 0
Purdue 6 2 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 5 2 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     4 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa 2 6 1     3 7 1
Wisconsin 2 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     2 9 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
UW Band forms an elephant at halftime of the Northwestern game

The 1972 Wisconsin Badgers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach John Jardine, the Badgers compiled a 4–7 record (2–6 against conference opponents) and finished in ninth place in the Big Ten Conference.[1]

Rufus Ferguson led the team with 1,004 rushing yards, was selected as the team's most valuable player, and was chosen by the Associated Press (AP) as a first-team running back, and by the United Press International (UPI) as a second-team running back, on the 1972 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[2] Three other Wisconsin players received All-Big Ten honors: center Mike Webster (UPI-2); offensive guard Keith Nosbusch (AP-2, UPI-2); linebacker Dave Lokanc (AP-1, UPI-2).[2][3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 16 Northern Illinois* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 31–7   62,710
September 23 Syracuse* Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 31–7   67,234
September 30 at LSU* Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA L 7–27   69,142
October 7 Northwestern Camp Randal Stadium • Madison, WI W 21–14   74,595
October 14 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 7–33   50,122
October 21 at Michigan State Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 0–31   62,638
October 28 No. 4 Ohio State Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 20–28   78,713
November 4 Iowadagger Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 16–14   78,723
November 11 at Purdue Ross-Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 6–27   53,507
November 18 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 7–27   45,703
November 25 Minnesota Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) L 6–14   60,746
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Players in the 1973 NFL Draft[edit]

The following Wisconsin players were selected in the 1973 NFL Draft.[5]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Robert Storck Defensive Tackle 12 297 Los Angeles Rams
Rufus Ferguson Running Back 16 404 Atlanta Falcons

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1972 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Wells named to All-Big Ten team". The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois). November 28, 1972. 
  3. ^ "UM, State, Buckeyes Dominate UPI's All Big Ten Team". Ludington Daily News (UPI story). November 28, 1972. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers Index". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  5. ^ "1972 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved March 1, 2017.