Little Bucky, for so long the laughingstock of college football, shocked No. 4-ranked Nebraska and a disbelieving regional television audience with a come-from-behind, 21-20 victory.Yes, I still remember some of this. Goal line stand in front of Section O, Nebraska kicks a field goal for a six point lead, on the next possession, a Nebraska defensive back tries for an interception and misses and Jeff Mack has a long run to the Fieldhouse end.
The Badgers went on to finish 7-4 that season. Some mediocre years followed in the '70s, and the late '80s were a dark time, but a program had turned a corner and then blossomed after Barry Alvarez's arrival in 1990.That's an odd characterization of turning a corner. Wisconsin lost Rose Bowls in 1961 and 1963 and finally won a Rose Bowl on the first day of 1994.
In those days, you'd often see spectators at the football games wearing buttons reading Hurry Up November. That's when Phil Mendel would say "Good evening, hockey fans" and another weekend of sieve-chanting would get going.