They were the game changers. The 1993 Wisconsin Badgers football team is widely considered to be the squad that established the University of Wisconsin as a national contender after years of mediocrity. Led by coach Barry Alvarez, the Badgers finished that season with the highest win total in school history: 10-1-1. The team also capped its season with a 21-16 victory over UCLA in the 1994 Rose Bowl – UW’s first appearance in the prestigious bowl game in over 30 years. Here's a recap of that spectacular season, seen as a turning point that ushered in a new era.
UW vs. Nevada, 35-17
Badgers cornerback Kenny Gales (3) grabs a player from the University of Nevada during a game Sept. 4, 1993, at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers won, 35-17.
UW vs. SMU, 24-16
University of Wisconsin quarterback Darrell Bevell (11) is hit from behind while passing the ball by Southern Methodist University defensive end Chad Patton (89) during the first half of the game on Sept. 11, 1993, in Dallas. SMU recovered the ball on the play. The Badgers won, 24-16.
UW vs. Iowa State, 28-7
Iowa State Cyclones safety Cedric Linwood grabs Badgers junior tailback Brent Moss' face mask. Moss (33) rushed for 104 yards on Sept. 18, 1993, in Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers won the game, 28-7.
UW vs. Indiana, 27-15
The UW Badgers' Lee DeRamus (2) outleaps Indiana's Jason Orton in the fourth quarter on Sept. 25, 1993, in Bloomington. DeRamus' 42-yard reception set up UW's final touchdown. The Badgers won the game, 27-15.
UW vs. Northwestern, 53-14
UW Badgers' player Mike Thompson (66) celebrates after sacking Northwestern University quarterback Len Williams on Oct. 9, 1993, in Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers won the game, 53-14.
UW vs. Purdue, 42-28
UW's Matt Nyquist (31) catches a pass in the end zone to put the Badgers up 35-0 in the third quarter of the game against Purdue on Oct. 16, 1993, in West Lafayette. The Badgers won the game, 42-28.
UW vs. Minnesota, 21-28
Wisconsin split end Lee DeRamus (2) sits alone on the bench as jubilant Minnesota players celebrate their win over the previously undefeated Badgers, 28-21, on Oct. 23, 1993, in Minneapolis.
UW vs. Michigan, 13-10
Badgers junior tailback Terrell Fletcher (41) eludes Michigan Wolverines safety Steve King on his way to a 12-yard second-quarter touchdown run on Oct. 30, 1993, in Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers won, 13-10.
UW vs. Ohio State, 14-14
The UW Badgers tied Ohio State 14-14 in a game on Nov. 6, 1993, in Camp Randall Stadium.
UW vs. Illinois, 35-10
UW-Madison tight end Mike Roan (81) celebrates a touchdown with cornerback Kenny Gales (3) in the game against University of Illinois on Nov. 20, 1993, in Champaign. UW won the game, 35-10.
UW vs. Michigan State, 41-20
Tailback Terrell Fletcher (41) stays one step ahead of Michigan State's Aldi Henry to score on a 40-yard run in the second quarter of the game Dec. 4, 1993, in the Coca-Cola Classic in Tokyo, Japan. The Badgers won, 41-20.
UW vs. UCLA in Rose Bowl, 21-16
Badgers quarterback Darrell Bevell jumps for joy after his 21-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the 1994 Rose Bowl that clinched UW's victory over UCLA. The final score in Pasadena was 21-16 at the game on Jan. 1, 1994.
State Journal front page Jan. 2, 1994