Brown delivers for Badgers

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Aaron Brenner
Saturday, November 10, 2007
— It may have been lost in the hoopla of Senior Day, Tyler Donovan’s great game, and the defeat of mighty Michigan, but Zach Brown had a career day against the Wolverines.

The true freshman, who carried the load in place of walking wounded P.J. Hill and Lance Smith, had 27 carries, none of which were particularly inspiring on their own.

But Brown racked up 108 yards, more than double any other player in the game. More importantly, he scored two touchdowns just 56 seconds apart in the final three minutes to put away the feisty Wolverines.

“I always realize how you can affect the whole team, but today, when it was winding down to the last minutes, you understand that you have to step it up a notch,” Brown said.

“We like what Zach’s doing during the course of the week,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s done good things.”

Big hand for Swan

UW receiver Luke Swan is out for the year with a hamstring injury, but he might have received the day’s largest ovation.

Swan was the last senior to be introduced before the game during the Senior Day ceremonies.

Swan had talked earlier in the week about walking onto the field without the use of crutches, even though he’ll be using them for another two weeks.

When Swan ambled out onto the field as his name was called, it looked like his wish was denied—until he tossed the crutches aside.

“That’s something that Dr. Kaplan came up with,” Swan said.

With a smile wider than the uprights, Swan walked out all the way to the 40-yard-line, where he greeted his parents to a raucous Camp Randall crowd.

“It was a tremendous feeling, just to be able walk out and see the ovation, feel the love that the fans have,” Swan said.

Nobody except Swan, his doctor, and wide receiver Paul Hubbard knew about the plan beforehand. Swan said he loved the reaction from his teammates.

“Everybody came up to me and said it was a big lift,” Swan said.

“It’s just fun to see guys on the sidelines, and have that camaraderie for that last time.”


? The Badgers are now 25-1 at home since the start of the 2004 season.

? Wisconsin’s 37 points are the highest total ever against Michigan, in 61 games

? UW was dominant once again in time of possession, holding onto the ball for 38:15.

? The attendance of 82,352 was the seventh-largest in Camp Randall Stadium history, but only second-best this season: 82,630 saw UW’s Big Ten opener against Iowa the night of Sept. 22. The 2007 total attendance of 572,227 is a school record for seven-game seasons.

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