Coming up with a list of former Badger running back Ron Daynes most memorable games at Wisconsin is like trying to name the most memorable of the Boston Celtics 16 NBA titles or the most noteworthy of the New York Yankees 26 World Series titles. First, there are too many from which to choose. And, secondly, how do you compare one to another
Nonetheless, were a society that loves to compare and rank players, teams and performances. So, as we count down toward The Great Daynes official number retirement at Camp Randall Stadium on Nov. 10, we thought wed have a little fun with this and try to come up with a list of a dozen of the 1999 Heisman Trophy winners Most Memorable Performances as a Badger.
Starting today (once a day), well post a summary of each performance, in reverse order, counting down from No. 12 to No. 1. Wed love to hear your take on our list and welcome your comments. Here we go
No. 12: Wisconsin 31, Iowa 0
Oct. 24, 1998 at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City
Wisconsins first win at Iowa since 1974 was typical of many of the Badgers victories in 1998: stifling defense, solid special teams and a punishing ground game that featured RB Ron Dayne.
Dayne carried 39 times for 164 yards and the only touchdown (a two-yard run with 3:29 remaining in the first quarter) the Wisconsin defense needed to pitch a shutout of the Hawkeyes. Dayne, whose longest run of the afternoon was just 21 yards, was a key factor in the Badgers holding a 15-minute advantage in time of possession over Iowa. Wisconsin QB Mike Samuel, in fact, threw only eight passes all day as the Badgers rolled up a 280-30 edge in rushing yardage.
This victory, which gave Wisconsin an 8-0 record for the first time since 1901 and kept the squads Big Ten title hopes alive, was salted away with three field goals by Matt Davenport, along with rushing touchdowns from Samuel and RB Eddie Faulkner. The Badger defense limited Iowa to just 138 yards of total offense.
Dayne rushed for more than 100 yards for the seventh straight game. His first-quarter score was his 46th career touchdown, tying Billy Mareks school record. In addition, he moved past Minnesotas Darrell Thompson for fourth place on the all-time Big Ten rushing list with 4,564 yards. It wasnt necessarily the flashiest of Daynes performances as a Badger, but it certainly typified the hard-nosed, workmanlike nature of Coach Barry Alvarezs team that season.