Wisconsin Badgers defeat Iowa Hawkeyes, 31-30

Iowa City, Iowa — Standing a few feet from the Wisconsin locker room, UW athletic director Barry Alvarez was beaming like a proud father Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium.

And why not? He had just watched the team guided by Bret Bielema, his hand-picked successor, rally to stun 13th-ranked Iowa, 31-30, to silence a raucous crowd of 70,585.

One week after UW stunned then-No. 1 Ohio State, the Badgers (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten Conference) gave Bielema his first road victor...

 

Can you give offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and his unit an A-plus and give Chryst a few more bucks?

UW was without wide receiver Nick Toon (thigh), lost tight end Lance Kendricks (ankle) in the opening quarter, lost reserve tailback James White (knee) in the first half and lost center Peter Konz (ankle) after the first half.

Yet the line handled arguably the best defensive front in the league. Quarterback Scott Tolzien overcame his only interception to direc...

Iowa City, Iowa — If last week against top-ranked Ohio State was transcendent, how could you begin to even go about putting a label on the follow-up act, this 31-30 slice of magnificence Wisconsin pulled off against Iowa?

You could start by calling it bigger and more impressive in just about every way than the manhandling of the Buckeyes, and that's saying something.

You could carry on by unequivocally attesting to its status as one of the greatest victories in these...

Iowa City, Iowa — When sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor brought down Iowa tailback Adam Robinson in bounds to allow the final seconds to drain off the clock Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, the Wisconsin players and coaches poured off the sideline and onto the field as if UW had just won the Big Ten Conference title.

That trophy may yet be destined for Madison.

An injury-depleted UW team that can best be described as indefatigable fashioned a gritty performance to stun t...