MADISON, Wis. -- Seven minutes, 30 seconds remained in a game that was over for all intents and purposes, when Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen pulled his offensive starters from the field.
Quarterback Curt Phillips, who narrowly lost out on the starting job to Joel Stave, was Andersen's man for what would be the final drive. Phillips, meanwhile, had other plans. The sixth-year senior approached Andersen with a simple question: Why not let Bart Houston take those snaps?
And so Houston, a redshirt freshman who had never played in a college game, trotted out to the huddle. The third-string signal caller completed his only pass attempt for eight yards and led Wisconsin on a 12-play drive that ended at the UMass 1-yard-line as time expired during a 45-0 victory.
Afterward, Andersen called Phillips' selflessness a "defining moment with this football team" and praised Phillips for being "a tremendous kid."
"That was all Curt," Andersen said. "Thats a pretty powerful thing for me anyway. ...