A home crowd of 78,864, the third largest in school history, witness the
Badgers snap an 18 game losing streak to Iowa on Saturday with a 13-10
victory. Despite losing star tailback Ron Dayne to a sprained ankle on
the game's first drive the Badgers built up a 13-0 lead on a four yard
TD run by Eddie Faulkner and field goals of 37 and 43 yards by Matt
Davenport. The Hawkeyes pulled to within 13-10 midway through the
fourth quarter following a 41 yard field goal by Zach Bromert.
The Hawkeyes would battle back again late in the game. Tavian Banks
rushed down the sideline for a 73 yard gain, to set Iowa up for another
potential score. But, on a fourth and ten they gained only nine yards
and came up short. Barry Alvarez was quoted after the game as saying,
"that this was probably the best defensive effort by a Badger team
since I've been here."
The win gives the Badgers an 8-2 overall mark and a 5-1 Big Ten record.
It now almost assures them of a major New Years Day Bowl. Next week,
the Michigan Wolverines come to Camp Randall fresh from their big
triumph on Saturday at Penn State.