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Murphy, Thomas H. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 83, Number 1 (Nov. 1981)

Burton, John; Murphy, Tom
Wow! What a start!,   pp. [8]-11


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downs on his first two carries, the first on a
thirty-yard off-tackle play and the second
on the same play that went twenty-eight
yards. The offense played lethargic ball for
the next two quarters before Cole hit Neal
with a twenty-seven-yard touchdown pass
with seven minutes left in the game. West-
ern Michigan scores came on a twenty-two-
yard field goal by barefoot kicker Mike
Prindle in the second quarter, and a conso-
lation touchdown with nine seconds left in
the game when Scott Smith passed fourteen
yards to Bob Phillips.
October 3:Camp Randall
Wisconsin 21
Purdue 14
.We snapped out of the doldrums and
whipped the Boilermakers 21-14. We
turned four of Purdue's six turnovers into a
pair of touchdowns and two field goals.
    The defense was outstanding, as David
 Greenwood and Vanden Boom picked off
 a pair apiece of Scott Campbell passes; Tim
 Krumrie and Vaughn Thomas each recov-
 ered fumbles. The Badger defense never let
 Purdue's offense get untracked until Camp-
 bell hit flanker David Retherford with a
 sixty-nine-yard bomb with twenty-five sec-
 onds left in the game.
   The offense was led by Davis, who had
 his first 100-yard rushing game as a Badger.
 Fullback Dave Mohapp added seventy-
 seven yards and Jess Cole threw for 104
 yards on six completions in fifteen at-
 tempts. Davis twisted his knee and would
 be out for the next two games at least.
   The two teams played an even, scoreless
 first half before Purdue opened the scoring
 in the third quarter on Campbell's six-yard
 keeper. Wisconsin came right back with a
 drive that stalled on the Boilermaker
 twenty-seven-yard line. From there, Mark
 Doran kicked the first of his two field goals
 to cut the margin to 7-3. The Badgers
 scored again after Krumrie's fumble recov-
 ery as Mohapp rambled five yards for the
 score. Wisconsin would score, twice more,
 on Doran's second field goal and John Wil-
 liams five-yard run before Campbell un-
 loaded to Retherford. An onside kick fol-
 lowing the Purdue score was recovered by
 John Josten, and the Badgers needed only
 to run out the clock for the victory.
   It was the Big Play, but on the horizon
 loomed the Buckeyes of Ohio State.
 October JO:Camp Randall
 Wisconsin 24
 Ohio State 21
 Right there in front of the first sellout crowd
 of the season, 78,973, the Badgers took the
 Buckeyes 24-21 and set the town on its ear.
Battling back from behind by 7-0 and 14-6,
we scored eleven points in twenty-four sec-
onds just before halftime to take a 17-14
lead and the momentum into the locker
room.
   Ohio State had just scored their second
touchdown on a fifty-four-yard, eight-play
drive that must have prompted more than a
few Badger fans to mutter "here comes the
onslaught." Sure enough, the Buckeye de-
fense held, forcing a Greenwood punt. But
his kick was muffed by Ohio safety Jeff
Cisco, and Al Seamonson recovered for the
Badgers on Ohio's twenty-nine. On the sec-
ond play later, Cole threw a perfect strike
to Neal down the middle for six points.
Trailing 14-12, Wisconsin elected to try for
the two-point conversion. John Williams
covered the three yards on a counter play
and the Badgers found themselves tied with
the Buckeyes 14-14. There was more to
come.
   Following Pat Hady's kickoff, Ohio
quarterback Art Schlichter called an op-
tion, hoping to run out the clock to end the
first half. But his pitch to Tim Spencer was
fumbled, and Greenwood recovered on the
Buckeye thirty with eight seconds remnain-
ing in the half. A first-down pass fell incom-
plete, and onto the field stepped Wendell
Gladem to attempt a fifty-yard field goal
with two seconds showing on the score-
board. The kick split the uprights, giving
the Badgers a 17-14 advantage-the three
points that would become the winning mar-
gin.
   Neither team scored in the third qaar-
ter. Then, with just over twelve minutesleft
in the fourth, Cole hit McFadden with a
ten-yard touchdown pass. The detense,
which had played superbly in the second
half, allowed the Buckeyes a final score on
Gayle's one-yard plunge with thirty-eight
seconds left. The ensuing onside kick was
recovered by Troy King, and by the time
the clock ran out, Badger fans were almost
too exhausted from the emotional contest
to sing and dance to the Budweiser song.
Almost.
   Theoretically, we can lose one of the
next six games and still have a shot at the
Rose Bowl.                          E]
Top: Buck Dave Greenwood pulled in two Purdue passes to equal last season's
performance.
Below: When you've said "How Sweet It Is" against OSU, you've said
it all.
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