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With his team trailing 19-0 late in the third quarter and facing fourth-and-4 in Wisconsin territory, Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley called a timeout.
At that point, kicking a field goal would at least put some points on the board and salvage some pride.
The only way to start an unlikely comeback, though, was going for it.
''We called the timeout and I was just looking at the eyes,'' Farley said. ''They believed. They wanted it. If they want it, it's on them to make the play and they made the play.''
The Panthers hit a long pass to convert, went on to score - then gave the 12th-ranked Badgers all they could handle the rest of the way in a wild 26-21 loss at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.
Northern Iowa might play in the second tier of major college football. But they showed again on Saturday, the Panthers are anything but an early season cupcake.
''There's a lot of FBS schools that I'd rather play than those guys,''...
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As I celebrated last night, enjoying the first glimpse of college football in what seemed like an eternity, I decided that I should make some bold predictions for the upcoming season like Jerod did recently for the NFL.
Some of these might seem crazy, even ludicrous; but they all will make perfect sense when the season comes to an end this winter.
No. 12 Wisconsin opens the season at home Saturday against Northern Iowa.
All eyes are on Badgers running back Montee Ball, who was attacked and beaten up near campus a month ago, leaving him with a concussion that caused him to miss part of camp. Three men were arrested in connection with the incident this week.
Ball scored 39 touchdowns to tie Barry Sanders' NCAA record last...
MADISON, Wis. Only Bret Bielema can know whether his words reflected well-crafted spin or genuine delight.But Bielema, Wisconsin's seventh-year football coach, sure sounded like a politician attempting to sell something on Saturday evening. Yes, 12th-ranked Wisconsin won its season opener against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Northern Iowa. It also narrowly escaped...
MADISON, Wis. You can harp on the blown coverages, missed tackles, dropped passes and field goal tries instead of touchdown drives.
Those miscues weren't particularly pretty during Wisconsin's 26-21 season-opening victory against Northern Iowa on Saturday. They also are correctable issues, according to coach Bret Bielema, which left him in relatively good spirits despite...
MADISON, Wis. There have been prettier displays of Wisconsin football in recent years, but the result was familiar on Saturday.No. 12 Wisconsin escaped with a 26-21 victory against Northern Iowa of the Football Championship Subdivision. The Badgers have now won 33 consecutive regular-season non-conference games. Here are five things we learned:1. Danny O'Brien is a quality replacement...
MADISON, Wis. No. 12 Wisconsin narrowly escaped with a 26-21 victory against Northern Iowa at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. Although it wasn't particularly pretty, there were some positive signs to emerge for the Badgers.
Of course, there are plenty of things that need work too.
Handing out grades for Wisconsin's season-opening performance:
Passing offense: B
The Wisconsin Badgers season opener against the Northern Iowa Panthers didnâ€™t go quite as planned, but they did pull out the 26-21 win. All things considered, the Panthers (0-1) had a legitimate shot to take the lead late in the fourth quarter until the Badgers (1-0) defense buckled down and saved the game.
Last season, former quarterback Russell Wilson and offensive coordinator...
Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and No. 12 Wisconsin needed a big defensive play to survive a fourth-quarter scare from Northern Iowa in a 26-21 victory Saturday.
Wisconsin's defense didn't allow Northern Iowa on its side of the 50-yard line until the 4:27 mark in the third quarter - but then the Badgers nearly melted down.
Leading 26-7 in the fourth quarter...
-Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, threw for a career-high 354 yards and matched his high with five TD passes to lead the No. 17 Cornhuskers to a 49-20 victory over Southern Mississippi.
-Mike Gillislee, Florida, had a career-high 148 yards rushing and two TDs to help the No. 23 Gators edge Bowling Green 27-14.
-Montee Ball, Wisconsin, rushed for 120 yards and a TD in the No. 12...
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Okay, so this is just a little late. Minnesota has already gone toe-to-toe with UNLV in the desert and pulled out a 3-OT victory. Still, thereâ€™s a lot of action about to take place around the Big Ten and Iâ€™m here to give you a heads-up on whatâ€™s about to transpire on the gridiron this weekend.
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Each week, weâ€™ll update the list with new stats and information as some players make their way into the Heisman conversation and others drop out of the race.
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It may not have been pretty, but Saturday's 26-21 win over Northern Iowa saw the Badgers and several of their players make new entries into the record books.
The victory marked the 15th consecutive time Wisconsin has won its season opener. It is the third longest streak in all of the FBS behind Nebraska (27) and Florida (23).
The Badgers have now won 17 consecutive...