It has been 10 years since Ron Dayne brought home the Heisman Trophy to the University of Wisconsin. Who could forget his historic run against Iowa in 1999 to break the NCAA rushing record Or his performance in the 2000 Rose Bowl with 34 carries for 200 yards and a touchdown. To commemorate Daynes monumental 1999 season, UWBadgers.com will provide weekly updates with memories from the 1999 season. Today, we look back at the second game of the 1999 season.
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It took a little bit of time, but eventually, Ron Dayne and the Badger offense came alive to pummel Ball State, 50-10, in the second week of the 1999 season.
The Badgers had a 12-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, but only three of those points came courtesy of the offense. On the teams opening drive, Dayne rushed nine times. The 14-play drive ended in a 25-yard Vitaly Pisetsky field goal to put UW up 3-0.
After that, it was the defense and special teams that stepped up in the opening frame. A safety put Wisconsin ahead 5-0 and then Nick Davis returned the ensuing Ball State kickoff 77 yards for a touchdown.
The offense tallied its first touchdown of the game in the second quarter and kicked another field goal to take the 22-7 lead into halftime. Dayne was just under the 100-yard mark for the game at the break, carrying the ball 20 times for 98 yards.
Once the second half came, there was no stopping Dayne and the Badger offense. He carried the ball four times, including a 19-yard burst, on a touchdown drive to start the second half and then scored his one and only touchdown of the game late in the third quarter.
Wisconsin took a 36-7 lead into the fourth quarter and at that point the game and Daynes day were over. He ended with 31 carries for a modest 158 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
While Dayne had a respectable day, it was Davis who wowed the crowd, finishing with 227 all-purpose yards, including 91 receiving yards, 129 yards on punt/kick returns and seven rushing yards.
"It's good to take some pressure off of Ron because Ron can't carry the whole team,'' Davis said to the Wisconsin State Journal after the game. "I'm just glad I'm able to do that.''
It was an overall team effort in Wisconsins win over Ball State. Even though Dayne would stand out from the crowd the rest of the season, the Badgers had a team that was firing on all cylinders and ready to do big things the rest of the way.
"I think they are just such a complete football team,'' said Ball State head coach Bill Lynch, who now is the head coach at Indiana. "That's why they are a team playing for big things. It's the reason why they are the Rose Bowl champions and they have a great chance to do it again.
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