After a first half in which the Badgers played down to the Wolverines, Wisconsin made sure fans would leave Camp Randall Stadium for the last time this year with a smile on their face.
After leading only 21-17 at halftime, Wisconsin outscored Michigan 24-7 in the second half to blow out the Wolverines 45-24.
Saturday's game was also Senior Day and was the last time Wisconsin seniors, including Garrett Graham, Chris Maragos, and O'Brien Schofield, put on a red uniform at Camp Randall.
For their part, the students were into it the entire game.
Unlike the last home game last year, in which Wisconsin played Cal Poly and the student section never filled up, this year the students made sure to send the seniors off with a capacity crowd and inspired cheers.
No, the student section wasn't even close to being full when the game started, but it seemed to fill up quicker than normal.
Students also stayed for the whole game, which is usually not the case in a lopsided game like this.
In many cases, after "Jump Around" in between the third and fourth quarters, students will bolt and leave about a half-full student section by the end of the game.
Not the case Saturday.
As the seniors walked off the field for the last time, they were met by a full student section grateful for four years of service and an unexpectedly good 2009 campaign.
After beating down the Wolverines the way they did, there was definitely a sense of hope floating around the air among Wisconsin fans.
Comments such as "a BCS bowl may not be out the question" and "maybe Bret Bielema's not that bad of a coach after all" were some of the more noticeable ones I heard.
After that performance, I guess I would tend to agree with them.
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