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 third game of the 1999 season.
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It wasnt the outcome the Badgers wanted, but somehow, Ron Dayne still managed to provide a bright spot despite the dim 17-12 loss to Cincinnati.
Dayne was slowed by an ankle injury for much of the game but still amassed 231 yards to become the Big Tens career rushing leader. He carried the ball 28 times to break former Ohio State running back Archie Griffins previous record.
The ninth-ranked Badgers took to the road for the first time that season when they visited the unranked Bearcats. After demolishing their first two opponents by a combined score of 99-20, the Badgers had high expectations heading into that game on Sept. 18, 1999.
Wisconsin got on the board first with a Vitaly Pisetsky 45-yard field goal in the first quarter. Cincinnati took the 7-6 lead into halftime though after Robert Cooper ran 51 yards for a touchdown.
The Bearcats added to their lead in the third quarter with another touchdown to put the score at 14-6. Then Dayne scored his first touchdown of the game on an 18-yard run. The Badgers attempted to even the score, but Scott Kavanaghs pass was incomplete as the Bearcats kept the 14-12 lead with 4:44 left in the third.
Cincinnati then added to its lead in the fourth quarter by kicking a final field goal with 5:01 remaining to make the score, 17-12.
Wisconsin had a chance at the end as Kavanagh found then-freshman Lee Evans for a touchdown on a fourth-down play with just 11 seconds remaining. Unfortunately for the Badgers, it was called back due to a penalty, which was one of two touchdowns called back that day.
"We obviously didn't play the type of game that we normally play," head coach Barry Alvarez said following the game. "We are normally a mistake-free team, a team that doesn't beat itself."
One of the most stinging mistakes on the day was Daynes fumble inside the Cincinnati 10-yard line in the fourth quarter. This caused for a bittersweet day for Dayne, the new conference rushing leader.
"What a great competitor he was today," UW offensive coordinator and running backs coach Brian White said. "He's a champion. He's the best. No one feels worse than Ron Dayne. He played his butt off today."
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