#10 Wisconsin Badgers 28 – #17 Purdue Boilermakers 21
Eleven years ago Saturday I saw a great game at Ross-Ade Stadium. We went into the game knowing that anyone could go down at any time in Ross-Ade. An annoying Wisconsin fan ended up right in front of us in the student section with a Ron Dayne jersey on. We were not nearly as bad as we should have been to a fan crashing the student section. That would all be remedied later on in the game.
The game started off with both teams trading touchdowns. After Purdue scored to tie the game up Nick Davis returned a kickoff 91 yards to put the Badgers back up seven. The Boilers tied the game back up at 14 when Drew Brees hit Tim Stratton in the end zone. The Badgers then went on an 80 yard drive to take the lead back once again. Dayne capped that run with a 41 yard touchdown run. That was when the fan in front of us turned around and started something that he couldn’t finish. One lucky fan got ahold of him, and he ended up sailing a few rows down. To this day this game is known as the “fan falling” game to my friends and I. Of course the story of how he ‘fell’ gets bigger each year, but he did fall all the same. Brees was trying to tie the score when Jamar Fletcher picked his second pass off on the day and raced 34 yards to provide the winning score. The Boilers were given a second chance on the goal line late and got to within 28-21, but the onside kick failed and the game was over.
During the course of the game Ron Dayne ran for 222 yards to move into second place all time for total rushing yards ahead of Tony Dorsett. He left West Lafayette needing just 98 yards to catch Ricky Williams who had just broken the record the season before.
Drew Brees had his best day rushing as a Boiler gaining 85 yards with two touchdowns. He also threw for 350 yards and a touchdown. His two picks though directly led to two Badger touchdowns. He would rebound though as only Drew would for Purdue.