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 earned their first outright Big Ten title in 37 years and a second straight Rose Bowl berth with a 41-3 thrashing of the Hawkeyes at Camp Randall Stadium. The victory was Wisconsin's seventh straight in conference play, and gave UW back-to-back Big Ten championships for the first time since 1896-97, the first two years the conference existed (then known as the Western Conference).
The skinny: With all eyes understandably on Ron Dayne, freshman quarterback Brooks Bollinger quietly had one of his best games of the season. He threw for 144 yards and three touchdowns -- including a pair to wide receiver Chris Chambers -- and also ran for 113 yards and a score.
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Dayne's day: Playing at Camp Randall for the final time, Dayne rushed for 216 yards on 27 carries with one first-quarter touchdown. More notably, he became the NCAA's all-time career rushing leader with a 31-yard rumble in the second quarter, and his name and number were unveiled on the stadium's upper deck facade after the game. For more on Dayne's day, see our '33' Flashback package that ran on the 10-year anniversary of the Great Dayne's record run.
Quotable: "I mean, this is my fourth year here and I really have never seen the fans like this," redshirt junior guard Dave Costa said. "It was amazing, and what better story could you have: Ron breaking the record, us winning the Big Ten title outright and going to the Rose Bowl. It was a perfect day."
|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|