1993 Wisconsin Badgers football team
The 1993 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin during the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were led by fourth year head coach Barry Alvarez and participated as members of the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers played their home games at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
|1993 Wisconsin Badgers football|
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1993 record||10–1–1 (6–1–1 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Barry Alvarez (4th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Brad Childress (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Dan McCarney (4th season)|
Camp Randall Stadium|
|1993 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 6 Wisconsin +||6||–||1||–||1||10||–||1||–||1|
|No. 11 Ohio State +||6||–||1||–||1||10||–||1||–||1|
|No. 8 Penn State||6||–||2||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 21 Michigan||5||–||3||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
Over the course of the season, Wisconsin was the top team in the Big Ten in terms of passing efficiency, with QB Darrell Bevell recording an impressive 155.2 in that category. RB Brent Moss ran for 1,637 yards on 312 carries, winning Big Ten Player of the Year Honors, the first Wisconsin player to receive this award since Ron Vander Kelen in the 1962 season.
After starting the season 3–0, including a win in their Big Ten opener against Indiana, team co-captain Joe Panos was asked by a reporter whether he thought Michigan or Ohio State would win the conference, to which Panos sharply responded, "Well, why not Wisconsin?" Panos' words served to inspire the team and the school, using the rally cry of "Why Not Wisconsin?" for the rest of the season.
The Badgers lost in a stunning upset to a mediocre Minnesota team in their annual rivalry game for their first and only loss of the season. Footage from this game held at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was used in the television series Coach to represent the fictional Minnesota State and West Texas Universities in the "Pioneer Bowl" at the Alamodome.
However, in the next game, Wisconsin defeated Michigan for the first time since 1981. After a tie against Ohio State, the Badgers needed to win their final game of the year against Michigan State and an Ohio State loss to Michigan to secure their first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1963. Michigan's 28–0 shut out of Ohio State opened the door, and then Wisconsin defeated #25 Michigan State in the last Coca-Cola Classic in Tokyo, Japan to win a share of Big Ten Conference title and the invitation to the 1994 Rose Bowl.
The Badgers finished their most successful season since 1962, highlighted by their first Rose Bowl win, as they defeated the UCLA Bruins 21–16. Unfortunately, the season is also remembered for the tragic "Camp Randall Crush" where several people were severely injured during a field rush after the Badgers defeated Michigan.
Individual awards and honorsEdit
- Brent Moss, Big Ten Player of the Year
- Barry Alvarez, Big Ten Coach of the Year
Schedule and resultsEdit
|September 4||1:05 PM||Nevada*||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 35–17||66,557|
|September 11||7:00 PM||at SMU*||Ownby Stadium • Dallas, TX||W 24–16||19,013|
|September 18||1:05 PM||Iowa State*||No. 24||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 28–7||77,745|
|September 25||11:30 AM||at Indiana||No. 23||Memorial Stadium • Bloomington, IN||ESPN||W 27–15||34,306|
|October 9||1:05 PM||Northwestern||No. 21||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||W 53–14||77,745|
|October 16||11:30 AM||at Purdue||No. 16||Ross–Ade Stadium • West Lafayette, IN||ESPN||W 42–28||37,112|
|October 23||6:00 PM||at Minnesota||No. 15||Metrodome • Minneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe)||L 21–28||64,798|
|October 30||11:35 AM||No. 24 Michigan||No. 21||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ESPN||W 13–10||77,745|
|November 6||2:30 PM||No. 3 Ohio State||No. 15||Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI||ABC||T 14–14||77,745|
|November 20||2:30 PM||at Illinois||No. 14||Memorial Stadium • Champaign, IL||ABC||W 35–10||48,083|
|December 4||9:00 PM||vs. No. 25 Michigan State||No. 10||Tokyo Dome • Tokyo, Japan (Coca-Cola Classic)||ESPN||W 41–20||51,500|
|January 1||4:00 PM||vs. No. 13 UCLA*||No. 9||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)||ABC||W 21–16||101,237|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
|1993 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster|
Team players selected in the 1994 NFL DraftEdit
|Player||Position||Round||Overall Selection||NFL Team|
|Joe Panos||Center||3||77||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Mark Montgomery||Running Back||7||206||Philadelphia Eagles|
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