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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Badgers Lose to Iowa 10-20

It was slated to be a celebration of Barry Alvarez's 16 seasons as Wisconsin coach. Iowa refused to play along.

The Hawkeyes ruined Alvarez's going-away party Saturday, beating the 19th-ranked Badgers 20-10 and dashing the thin hopes Wisconsin had of sharing a piece of the Big Ten title.

Alvarez, who will step down after this season but remain as Wisconsin's athletic director, built a program that has been known for a punishing running game and a solid defense.

But Wisconsin had neither Saturday as Iowa (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) dominated both sides of the ball in the final three quarters and became bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season.

"The second half they flat out beat us up front," Alvarez said.

A record crowd filled Camp Randall to commemorate Alvarez's last home game. The school gave out thousands of white towels to fans that read, "Thanks Coach. Job well done." Following the game, the a montage of Alvarez's highlights was shown on the scoreboard. Among the best moments were three Rose Bowl wins and a 7-3 mark in bowl games.

"It's hard after a loss to sit there and reflect on the 16 years," said Alvarez, who is 116-73-4.


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