Each week, we'll revisit the corresponding game from the University of Wisconsin's most recent Big Ten championship team, which produced Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne.
Outcome: The Badgers (8-2, 6-1 Big Ten) gained control of their destiny in the chase for a second straight league title with a down-to-the-wire victory in West Lafayette, Ind., combined with Penn State's stunning home loss to Minnesota. UW could clinch at least a share of the Big Ten crown with a win over Iowa the following week at Camp Randall. Should the Nittany Lions lose either of their remaining two games, at home vs. Michigan and at Michigan State, the Badgers would head back to the Rose Bowl.
The skinny: The tide of the game turned on UW safety Bobby Myers' interception in the end zone early in the fourth quarter of an odd play-call; Purdue coach Joe Tiller went with a questionable double-reverse pass. Ron Dayne scored eight plays later on a 41-yard run and Jamar Fletcher added a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown, the second time in as many years he went to the house against Brees and the Boilermakers.
The backstory: The Boilermakers had to feel like they had let one slip away. In addition to the sequence with the double-pass, Purdue had two turnovers and three missed field goals -- including a 38-yard attempt that was blocked by Badgers' defensive tackle Wendell Bryant.
Dayne's day: Brees won the statistical battle in the duel of Heisman contenders, throwing for 350 yards and rushing for 85 yards and two touchdowns. But the Purdue QB endorsed Dayne for the Heisman after watching him run 32 times for 222 yards and the pivotal touchdown of the game, a 41-yard scamper down the right sideline on the classic UW stretch play, behind blocks from tight end Dague Retzlaff and fullback Chad Kuhns. Dayne headed into the Iowa game needing 99 yards to surpass Ricky Williams as college football's all-time rushing king.
Notable: Nick Davis snapped a seven-game drought without a return touchdown, scoring on a 91-yard kickoff return in the first half to give UW a 14-7 lead. It was the fifth career touchdown on a return for Davis. Wisconsin has returned just one kickoff for a score in the 10 years since then -- and that came on an onsides kick in 2000, when Lee Evans bolted 34 yards for a score.
Quotable: "Anybody who watched TV, if they didn't have an opportunity to see the greatest back in the country, I don't know what they were watching," UW coach Barry Alvarez said. "And if every Heisman voter wasn't influenced, there's something wrong."
To review past editions of the 1999 Flashback, click here for the entire archive or select individual games below.
|Sept. 4||MURRAY STATE||9/-||W||49-10||77,527|
|Sept. 11||BALL STATE||9/-||W||50-10||75,807|
|Sept. 18||at Cincinnati||8/-||L||17-12||27,721|
|Oct. 2||at Ohio State||-/12||W||42-17||93,524|
|Oct. 9||at Minnesota||20/25||W||20-17 (OT)||63,108|
|Oct. 23||MICHIGAN STATE||16/11||W||40-10||78,469|
|Oct. 30||at Northwestern||11/-||W||35-19||42,292|
|Nov. 6||at Purdue||10/17||W||28-21||67,308|
|Jan. 1||vs. Stanford (Rose Bowl)||4/22||W||17-9||93,731|