Flashback: Wild Night Game at Wisconsin

With the Big Ten and conference football fans abuzz over Nebraska’s game at Wisconsin this weekend, we went back into our archives and dug up this classic night game in Madison from 1998. Remember Drew Brees and his incredible 83 passes, 55 completions and 494 yards with two touchdowns? Recall the¬†Badgers forcing five turnovers, including four interceptions? Can the Huskers and the Badgers match this thriller?

Of course, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez was the coach of that Badgers team. After the game he told reporters, “”I don’t think I’ll have to answer any more questions about whether our young secondary has been tested. They had a lifetime of tests today.”

On that day Wisconsin (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) earned just its second 6-0 start since 1913. Purdue went to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Brees had thrown for a school-record 522 yards the previous week in a win over Minnesota so he had tossed for a total of 1,016 over those two weeks.

Watch a clip from this incredible game here and watch the entire thing on BTN2Go.com. What’s BTN2Go.com? Find out now.

Also, Dave Heller from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been doing a great roundup of links on the Nebraska-Wisconsin game all week. Here’s what he has for Thursday.

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Charlie Taylor on 10/18/2011 @ 4:40pm EDT Said:

Please add Iowa v. Pittsburgh 2011 to your list of Big Ten Greatest Games. It was a remarkable game for a number of reasons:

1. Greatest comeback in Iowa football history (21 pt deficit)
2. Close and exciting, with Iowa scoring on 3 long TD passes in the 4th quarter
3. Lots of dramatic plays by Pitt as well, with several trick plays going for TDs.

This is a “must game” on your list. Plus, there really aren’t that many Iowa games on your list!!!

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