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,'' Badgers coach Bret Bielema said. ''They're a really, reall...