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.
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.