2001 Wisconsin Badgers Football Team
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2001 Wisconsin Badgers Football Team
2001 Wisconsin Badgers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2001 record5–7 (3–5 Big Ten)
Head coachBarry Alvarez (12th season)
Offensive coordinatorBrian White
Defensive coordinatorKevin Cosgrove
Home stadiumCamp Randall Stadium
(Capacity: 76,634,[1] Astroturf)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 12 Illinois $   7 1         10 2  
No. 20 Michigan   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   4 4         6 6  
Penn State   4 4         5 6  
Indiana   4 4         5 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 5  
Wisconsin   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   2 6         4 7  
Northwestern   2 6         4 7  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 251:00 p.m.vs. Virginia*No. 22
FSNW 26-1776,740[3]
September 17:00 p.m.at No. 7 Oregon*No. 22ABCL 28-3145,919[3]
September 811:00 a.mNo. 19 Fresno State*No. 23
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ESPNL 20-3278,506[3]
September 2211:00 a.mat Penn StateABCW 18-6107,253[3]
September 291:00 p.mWestern Kentucky*
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
W 24-675,662[3]
October 61:00 p.mIndiana
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
L 32-6379,264[3]
October 132:30 p.mat No. 21 Ohio StateABCW 20-17103,520[3]
October 2011:00 a.mat IllinoisESPNL 35-4270,904[3]
October 2711:00 a.mMichigan Statedagger
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ESPN+L 28-4279,108[3]
November 311:00 a.mIowa
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI (rivalry)
ESPN+W 34-2879,421[3]
November 172:30 p.mNo. 11 Michigan
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
ABCL 17-2079,633[3]
November 2411:00 a.mat MinnesotaESPN2L 31-4255,890[3]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Season summary

After an 8–4 regular season and a Sun Bowl win in 2000, the Badgers looked for their third Rose Bowl trip in 4 years. However, Wisconsin would be defeated in Autzen Stadium by Oregon and Camp Randall by Fresno State.

After those two losses, the Badgers won their next 2 games. But any dreams of Pasadena were dashed after Wisconsin's first Big Ten home game of the season. The Badgers lost 63–32 to Indiana, one of the worst losses in school history. While they managed to upset a ranked Ohio State team in Ohio Stadium the next week, the Badgers found themselves unable to pull off a significant win after; losing four of their final five to close out the season. While the Badgers managed to keep it close against both Illinois and Michigan, they were unable to pull off an upset of either team, losing another close game to Michigan, 20–17.

Despite a disappointing season, the Badgers had some bright spots. WR Lee Evans had an amazing season, as he would catch 75 passes for 1,545 yards and 9 touchdowns,[4] despite having 3 different QBs during the year (Brooks Bollinger, Jim Sorgi, and Matt Schabert). RB Anthony Davis also turned in an outstanding season, with 1,466 yards rushing[4] Davis would have 10 games of 100 or more yards rushing, including a season high 200 against Penn State.

Despite these great efforts from skill position players, the Badgers had injuries at the QB position, as well as difficulties on defense all season long. The Badgers were 2–3 in games decided by 7 points or less and would lose 7 games on the year, missing the postseason entirely.

Roster

Regular starters

Team players in the 2002 NFL Draft

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Wendell Bryant Defensive Tackle 1 12 Arizona Cardinals
Mike Echols Cornerback 4 110 Tennessee Titans
Nick Greisen Linebacker 5 152 New York Giants
Mark Anelli Tight End 6 201 San Francisco 49ers

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References

  1. ^ http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/college_football_2001_schedules/wisconsin.htm
  2. ^ Martzke, Rudy (August 24, 2001). "Little League Hits It Big: Prime Time". USA Today. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Game-by-Game Statistics". University of Wisconsin Department of Athletics. Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-22. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2002.htm

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