MADISON, Wis. – After losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes, 20-10, Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers dropped from No. 19 in both polls to No. 15 in the AP poll and No. 24 in the coaches' poll.
During Saturday's post-game ceremony commemorating Alvarez's 16 seasons in Madison, ex-UW chancellor Dona Shalala, who hired Alvarez in 1990, revealed that a bronze sculpture of his likeness will be made and displayed at Camp Randall Stadium.
Along with Shalala, Alvarez was joined by his family, Pat Richter, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and former player Joe Panos, who was a captain on the 1994 team.
Everyone spoke about Alvarez except his family, but their emotions said enough, as tears and smiles ran down and across their faces. Of the speakers, Delany stood out, making appreciative comments about Alvarez's time as one of the Big Ten's best coaches.
Delany said that during the 15 years prior to Alvarez making it to Madison Big Ten teams had trouble defeating Pac 10 opponents.
"Barry had no problems winning in Pasadena," Delany commented and received a roaring response from the Camp Randall crowd.
In honor of Alvarez, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle declared Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005 "Barry Alvarez Day."
Junior running back Brian Calhoun was held in the running game for the second week straight. But this time Calhoun rushed for a season-low 18 yards on 15 carries.
Despite his rushing woes, Calhoun did set a record Saturday. After his first reception (for 20 yards), Calhoun became the second player in Big Ten history to notch at least 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in one season. The first player to accomplish this feat was Iowa's Ronnie Harmon who had 1,166 rushing yards and 699 receiving yards in 1985.
For the first time this season, Calhoun didn't score a touchdown (either on the ground or through the air).
The Badgers finished Saturday's game with 19 total rushing yards.
Red-shirt freshman defensive tackle Jason Chapman, who missed last week's loss to Penn State due to an elbow injury, returned Saturday. In limited time, Chapman recorded one tackle.
Although he had some late drops, senior wide receiver Brandon Williams made the most of his last game in Camp Randall Stadium early. At halftime, Williams had five receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown. He finished the game with nine receptions for a career-high 132 yards and one touchdown. It was Williams' fourth 100-yard receiving game this season.
Junior quarterback John Stocco's 17-yard touchdown pass to Williams in the firs t quarter was his 17th of the season. It moved Stocco into a tie for third place on the Badgers' single-season list.
For the 16 seniors recognized Saturday the loss isn't the way they wanted go out at home. With the loss, the Badgers' goal of going undefeated at Camp Randall this season wasn't achieved. But worse yet, the seniors and the rest of the team was disappointed not winning the game for Alvarez.
"Well, it is definitely not how we wanted things to end," senior tight end Owen Daniels. "I know for myself and for the team, this is not the way we wanted to send Coach Alvarez out. I don't know how to describe it."
The Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team will finish up exhibition play tonight in a 7 p.m. tip-off vs. Lawrene at the Kohl Center.