1976 Wisconsin Badgers football team

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1976 Wisconsin Badgers football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1976 record 5–6 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coach John Jardine (7th year)
MVP Mike Carroll
Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Michigan + 7 1 0     10 2 0
#6 Ohio State + 7 1 0     9 2 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     6 5 0
Illinois 4 4 0     5 6 0
Indiana 4 4 0     5 6 0
Purdue 4 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     5 6 0
Michigan State 3 5 0     4 6 1
Northwestern 1 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Wisconsin Badgers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 1976 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh season under head coach John Jardine, the Badgers compiled a 5–6 record (3–5 against Big Ten opponents) and finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the Big Ten.[1]

Quarterback Mike Carroll was selected as the team's most valuable player and led the Big Ten Conference with 1,773 yards of total offense.[2][1] Running back Larry Canada led the team with 993 rushing yards, the fifth highest total in the Big Ten during the 1976 season. Ira Matthews was the team's leading scorer with 42 points on seven touchdowns.[1]

David Charles was selected by the AP as a second-team wide receiver, and Dave Crossen by the UPI as a second-team linebacker, on the 1976 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[3][4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 11 at No. 2 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Atbor, MI L 27–40   101,347
September 18 North Dakota* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 45–9   62,213
September 25 Washington State* Camp Randall stadium • Madison, WI W 35–26   64,658
October 2 at No. 9 Kansas* Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS L 24–34   48,350
October 9 Purdue Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 16–18   79,111
October 16 No. 9 Ohio State Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 20–30   79,579
October 23 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 28–25   24,580
October 30 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL L 25–31   54,121
November 6 Iowadagger Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 38–21   79,521
November 13 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 14–15   27,518
November 20 Minnesota Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI (Paul Bunyan's Axe) W 26–17   60,304
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Players selected in the 1977 NFL Draft[edit]

Only one Wisconsin player was selected in the 1977 NFL Draft.[6]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
John Rasmussen Offensive tackle 10 276 New England Patriots

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "1976 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Roy Damer (December 25, 1975). "Lytle named Big 10 MVP: Purdue's Dierking is runnerup". Chicago Tribune. p. 2-1. 
  3. ^ "Michigan, Ohio State Pace All-Big Ten Team". Toledo Blade (AP story). December 3, 1976. p. 27. 
  4. ^ "Illini place two on All-Big 10". The Pantagraph. November 24, 1976. p. A11. 
  5. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers Index". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  6. ^ "1977 NFL Draft: Full Draft". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved March 1, 2017.