Surgery for Vince Biegel, top days in Camp Randall history and a Border Battle victory
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Today is Tuesday, May 16, and this is what’s for breakfast.
Not a great start
Vince Biegel’s first few weeks as a member of the Green Bay Packers has not gone as planned. After the excitement of getting taken in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the team he grew up cheering for, Biegel has been hit by the injury bug. First he suffered a hand injury on the first day of rookie minicamp, and that was followed by the news Monday that the former Wisconsin outside linebacker underwent surgery to repair a fracture to his right foot.
Packers' fourth-round pick Vince Biegel underwent foot surgery last week, per @RobDemovsky and me. Start of training camp in jeopardy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 15, 2017
The injury, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, is to the same foot that he had surgery on during his senior year last September, forcing him to miss games against Michigan and Ohio State. Biegel returned 23 days after surgery to play against Iowa, right in line with the vague forecasting by the Badgers that he’d miss “several weeks.”
Back then, Biegel had the option of playing with the cracked bone in his foot with the chance it would completely fracture, which his father, Rocky, told ESPN’s Jesse Temple at the time, would have had him out for eight weeks. Instead, they opted for the procedure that would keep him out the shortest amount of time. That doesn’t appear to be the case with this surgery. Not with the possibility that he could miss the start of training camp on July 27, which is still more than two months away.
It’s unclear whether Biegel re-injured the foot before rookie orientation or it came during the two days they were on the field earlier in May. Either way, it’s certainly advantageous that the problem is being taken care of as soon as possible. While it will delay Biegel’s transition to the pro game, being healthy will also give him the best chance to make the impact in his first year that so many are expecting.
Camp Randall Stadium at 100
Every day there has been a new historic picture of Camp Randall Stadium popping up on Wisconsin’s Instagram page. It’s all in a celebration of the historic venue’s first 100 years. At some point later this year, the university will unveil the ‘Camp Randall 100,’ a list of those who shaped the first century of the facility.
Camp Randall Stadium turns 100yrs old.
What was your "Best Day Ever at Camp Randall"?
— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) May 15, 2017
But on Monday, the athletic department asked via Twitter for fans to tweet them about their best day spent at the stadium, and the results got us thinking. What are the best days, games and moments in Camp Randall history?
Here’s our take on the top 5 … and then some.
1) No. 18 Wisconsin 31, No. 1 Ohio State 18 (2010)
For just the fourth time in stadium history, the Badgers knocked off the No. 1 team in the country. They did it by jumping out to a 21-3 lead, including David Gilreath returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, a play that will forever stick in the minds of Wisconsin fans. The win set coach Bret Bielema’s team up for a run to its first Big Ten title in 11 years.
2) No. 9 Wisconsin 41, Iowa 3 (1999)
The game wasn’t close, but it did clinch back-to-back Big Ten titles for the Badgers. Still, it’s more memorable for the accomplishment of Ron Dayne, who set the then all-time NCAA rushing record in the third quarter, passing Ricky Williams. Dayne, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, also had his name and number unveiled on the facade of the stadium after the game.
3) Back-to-back games vs Michigan and Ohio State (1993)
The upstart Badgers, who hadn’t won a Big Ten title in 31 years, beat No. 24 Michigan 13-10 and then tied No. 3 Ohio State 14-14 on back-to-back weekends late in the season to set up their run to the Rose Bowl.
The game against the Wolverines ended included drama off the field when railings in the student section collapsed, trapping many under a mass of bodies as fans rushed the field. Thankfully, no one was killed, and as a show of solidarity, the student section was filled nearly to capacity way before the game against the Buckeyes. It ended in that 14-14 tie, but results later in the season helped Wisconsin get its conference title and a trip to Pasadena.
4) No. 22 Wisconsin 59, No. 11 Nebraska 24 (2014)
This day will always be remembered as the one that turned running back Melvin Gordon into a legend. Everyone already knew he was among the best that had ever played for the Badgers, but then he tore through Nebraska’s 19th-ranked rushing defense for a then-NCAA FBS-record 408 yards on just 25 carries. He punctuated his day on the last play of the third quarter with a 25-yard touchdown run, leading into a very memorable “Jump Around” with snow falling under the lights. The Badgers would win their next two games and claim the first-ever Big Ten West title.
5) No. 23 Wisconsin 17, No. 3 Ohio State 10 (2003)
After starter Jim Sorgi knocked out of the game, the Badgers had to turn to little used backup Matt Schabert. With the game tied at 10 with 5:31 left, Wisconsin went play-action and Schabert found WR Lee Evans wide open for a 79-yard touchdown to spring the upset and end the Buckeyes’ 19-game winning streak. The season wouldn’t end in the same fashion as others on this list, but the play is among the more famous in stadium history.
1942 — No. 6 Wisconsin takes out No. 1 Ohio State 17-7 for the program’s first win against a top-ranked team at Camp Randall Stadium.
1998 — The tradition of “Jump Around” is born between the third and fourth quarter of a game against Purdue.
1981 — Wisconsin upsets No. 1 Michigan in the season opener for both teams.
1962 — The Badgers beat top-ranked Northwestern 37-6 on their way to a Big Ten title and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin takes the Border Battle
For just the second time in the last nine years, Wisconsin has won the annual Border Battle with Minnesota.
The battle, which began in 2005 to determine supremacy between the two athletic departments each year, adds up points from all the sports in which the two schools compete against each other, including where there is head-to-head competition and where they finish in relation to each other at conference meets.
Thanks to the performance of the women’s rowing team and the men’s track and field team last weekend, Wisconsin claimed the title for the 2016-17 year, beating the Gophers 480-400.
Minnesota now leads the overall series 8-5.
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