No Pep Talks Necessary, Alvarez Says

Comments from Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez are featured after his team's victory over Auburn.

Orlando, Fla.--Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez said there was no pre-game "win one for the gipper" pep talk that got his Wisconsin Badgers ready for a dominating upset football victory over Auburn in the Capital One Bowl.

"Pre-game talk is way over-rated," Alvarez said after his team's 24-10 victory. "I think fans think that things we say in the locker room makes a difference. It doesn't. It is how they prepare and we were ready to play."

Alvarez, who is stepping down as head coach but will remain on as athletic director, said, "My emphasis to them was you're ready...you practiced well. I just wanted to turn it loose and have some fun."

Barry Alvarez gets a hug after beating Auburn and improving his bowl record to 8-3.

He added that he told the Badgers, despite being a significant underdog, that they could win the game if they were aggressive and made big plays, which is exactly what happened as they racked up 548 yards of total offense.

Wisconsin had most of the fun as the Badgers ended Auburn's three-game bowl winning streak and avenged a 28-14 loss two seasons ago to the Tigers in the Music City Bowl.

Wisconsin finished the year with a 10-3 mark and Alvarez said that is something to be excited about after taking out the Tigers.

"I told them (the seniors) we had a good season," Alvarez noted. "Nine wins is important, but I did say a 10th win is special. We can separate ourselves. It was only the third 10-win season in school history.

"It's not about proving anyone wrong (being an underdog)," the coach added. "The fact is we had a heck of a team and had a chance to beat a great team. I told them they had a chance to come back and enjoy the trophy. Their legacy is an outstanding one. It wasn't about proving anybody wrong."

Wisconsin QB John Stocco had one of his best games, Alvarez said. The senior said that he and his teammates wanted to see their head coach go out a winner.

"Coach Alvarez is a classy guy and it's something that he just never talked about," Stocco said. "He wanted us to stay focused on the game and our opponents, but it's something all the players were aware of and we wanted to play well and thank him for everything he has done for us."


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