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)
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2001 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12/12 Illinois   7 1         10 2  
#20/20 Michigan   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   4 4         6 6  
Indiana   4 4         5 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 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 champion

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

Regular seasonEdit


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 25* 1:00 PM vs. Virginia #22 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI (Eddie Robinson Classic[2]) FSN W 26–17   76,740[3]
September 1* 7:00 PM at #7 Oregon #22 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR ABC L 28–31   45,919[3]
September 8* 11:00 AM #19 Fresno State #23 Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN L 20–32   78,506[3]
September 22 11:00 AM at Penn State Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC W 18–6   107,253[3]
September 29* 1:00 PM Western Kentucky Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI W 24–6   75,662[3]
October 6 1:00 PM Indiana Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI L 32–63   79,264[3]
October 13 2:30 PM at #21 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ABC W 20–17   103,520[3]
October 20 11:00 AM at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN L 35–42   70,904[3]
October 27† 11:00 AM Michigan State Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN+ L 28–42   79,108[3]
November 3 11:00 AM Iowa Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ESPN+ W 34–29   79,421[3]
November 17 2:30 PM #11 Michigan Camp Randall Stadium • Madison, WI ABC L 17–20   79,633[3]
November 24 11:00 AM at Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN (Paul Bunyan's Axe) ESPN2 L 31–42   55,890[3]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Season summaryEdit

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 annoyingly 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,[5] 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[5] 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.

Regular startersEdit

Position Player
Quarterback Brooks Bollinger
Running Back Anthony Davis
Fullback Chad Kuhns
Wide Receiver Lee Evans
Wide Receiver Nick Davis
Tight End Mark Anelli
Left Tackle Ben Johnson
Left Guard Dan Buenning
Center Al Johnson
Right Guard Kalvin Barrett/Jonathan Clinkscale
Right Tackle Jason Jowers
Position Player
Defensive Tackle Chuck Smith
Nose Tackle Ben Herbert
Defensive Tackle Wendell Bryant
Rush End Delante McGrew
Outside Linebacker Jeff Mack
Inside Linebacker Bryson Thompson
Outside Linebacker Nick Greisen
Cornerback Mike Echols
Free Safety Joey Boese
Strong Safety Michael Broussard
Cornerback Scott Starks

Team players in the 2002 NFL DraftEdit

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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