Five Stars of the Game

Every game has stars. Here are the top five from Wisconsin's 38-27 victory over North Carolina.

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Number 5: Wisconsin kicker Mike AllenAllen returned to action Saturday and hit his five extra point attempts and a short field goal. Far more importantly, after being pressed into action on kickoff duties following Scott Campbell's injury, Allen made a touchdown-saving tackle and recovered a fumble. Sadly, he was the surest tackler on the kick coverage team.

 

Number 4: North Carolina returner Michael Waddell—North Carolina's dangerous return man quite possibly would have made the game far more interesting if he had not fallen to a sprained ankle early in the third quarter. Waddell opened the game with a 97-yard kickoff return for touchdown and followed that with 176 kick return yards on four attempts, consistently giving the Tar Heels a short field following Wisconsin scores. He did, however, fumble one return away and rolled his ankle on his only punt return attempt.

 

Number 3: North Carolina strong safety Mahlon Carey—Carey made sure that the damage from Waddell's fumble was minimal when on the ensuing play he out-leapt Lee Evans and came down with an interception. Carey finished with 14 tackles and two interceptions and his tackles were fierce. Honorable mention in this regard goes to free safety Dexter Reid, who finished with 13 tackles.

 

Number 2: Wisconsin receiver Lee Evans—Evans was on the receiving end of the game's biggest play, a 44-yard touchdown strike from Jim Sorgi. Evans paced the offense in the first half, with five catches for 80 yards, breaking Al Toon's all-time school reception record in the process.

 

Number 1: Wisconsin running back Booker StanleyThe question before the game was whether or not the Badgers could run the ball effectively without Anthony Davis. But without Davis and Dwayne Smith, who was felled by a groin strain in the first half Saturday, Stanley ran for 119 yards and the first three touchdowns of his career. Before today's game, the redshirt freshman's career line read nine carries, 36 yards.


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