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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Badgers Beat Bowling Green in Shootout 56-42



The Wisconsin Badgers didn't have the defense to keep up with Omar Jacobs. They still found a way to stop Bowling Green's prolific passer: by putting the ball in Brian Calhoun's hands.

The transfer from Colorado rushed for a career-best 258 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns on 43 carries in Wisconsin's 56-42 win over the Falcons on Saturday.

"They kept the ball to keep our offense off the field," Jacobs said. "That's normally the way we play."

Calhoun, a Milwaukee-area native, played two seasons for the Buffaloes before returning home and sitting out last year while awaiting his chance to join the long list of premier running backs at Wisconsin.

The wait was well worth it.

Nobody in the proud program's history rushed for more yards in his debut, and his five scores tied the school mark set by Billy Marek in 1974 and tied by Anthony Davis in 2002, both against Minnesota.

"I haven't played in a year and a half now," Calhoun said. "So, I'm as fresh as any other back in the country."

Calhoun, who bested Alan Thompson's 220-yard debut against Oklahoma in 1969, scored on runs of 20, 5, 5, 1 and 9 yards.

Calhoun was careful not to take all the credit for his spectacular opener, saying his teammates made it easy by opening big holes for him all day: "They were huge. Me, Coach Alvarez, anybody in this room could have run through them."

His first three scores came during a 35-point second quarter eruption, the biggest in Barry Alvarez's 16 seasons as coach. But his shortest score might have been his biggest.

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