Oct. 9, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- When Barry Alvarez took over the Badger football program in 1990, UW had won just nine games in the previous four seasons. Following a 1-10 mark in his rookie campaign, few could have imagined the heights Alvarez would take Wisconsin.
That thinking changed in 1993. Wisconsin began the season with six-straight wins and climbed all the way to No. 15 in the national rankings. A loss to Minnesota didn’t stop the Badgers’ momentum as they went undefeated in their last four Big Ten games, including a 14-14 tie with No. 3 Ohio State. After beating Michigan State, 41-20, on Dec. 4 in Japan, Wisconsin clinched its first conference title since 1962 and a trip to the Rose Bowl. In Pasadena, UW treated the thousands of Badger fans who made the journey west to a 21-16 win over UCLA.
On offense, the 1993 Badgers averaged more than 450.0 yards per game and were led by by RB Brent Moss, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and QB Darrell Bevell, a first-team all-conference choice. Defensively UW allowed just 16.3 points per game and forced 34 turnovers.
Badger fans will want to tune in to BTN for “Big Ten Elite” on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. CT. The 1-hour program takes a look back at that magical 1993 season with highlights and interviews from Alvarez, Bevell, Moss, OL Joe Panos and others.