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Clarence Williams (33) gains 121 yards on 22 carries
This was a game the Badgers were actually supposed to win. Wisconsin was sporting a 9-0 record and had thoroughly dominated the Big Ten. Madison fans were talking national title and were also pushing running back Ron Dayne for the Heisman.
In Ann Arbor, Wisconsin was disrespected. Many wondered which was Wisconsin’s toughest opponent, San Diego State or UNLV.
Michigan was also undefeated in the conference, but began its defense of their national title by opening the season with losses to Notre Dame and Syracuse.
But the Wolverines turned their season around, winning seven straight going into the Wisconsin matchup.
Michigan set the tone of the game early, when Andre Weathers intercepted a Wisconsin pass on the second play from scrimmage. The Wolverines would eventually display its balanced offense, but Wisconsin scored first as Mike Samuel hit Chris Chambers on an 80-yard play.
That would be Wisconsin’s only touchdown as the Michigan defense forced 10 Wisconsin punts and held Dayne to 53 yards on 16 carries.
Both Michigan running backs, Clarence Williams and Anthony Thomas, had over 100 yards rushing by the end of the third quarter.
Tom Brady, who was destined to achieve some success in the NFL, threw for 202 yards, including a six-yard score to Jerame Tuman.