Senior wideout Lee Evans got his final touchdown of his career in style, pulling in a beautiful pass from quarterback Jim Sorgi from the back corner of the end zone. With athletic grace and speed, he ended a successful career, highlighted by big passes, records and his rather remarkable return from a potentially career-ending injury.
"Lee Evans is a special guy—that's been well-documented and I could speak about how I respect him and what he's meant to our program. He's a great player and person," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said.
For Evans and the rest of the senior class, however, the 28-14 loss to Auburn was certainly not the way they wanted to leave, summing up a season that had its share of disappointing moments.
"It's tough. It's very tough," Evans said. "All you can do and go out there and play your best and do the things that you're supposed to do and make plays when they come to you. At times this season we did at times, we didn't and those times, we lost."
Although Evans had a touchdown, his numbers were sub-par by his standards, as he had only four receptions for 51 yards, including a long pass of 17 yards. His season average prior to Wednesday's game was far above that at 96.8 yards per game.
"Evans is a great receiver," Rogers said. "I was able to watch film on him and I knew what to expect. It was great to get to play against him."
Evans finished his final collegiate campaign with 64 receptions for 1,213 yards and 13 touchdowns. He finished his career with 175 catches, 3,468 yards and 27 touchdowns, the most in UW history in each category. All in all, the past five years have been incredible, according to Evans.
"When you come in as a freshman, you hear a lot of guys talk about how fast it goes and you see a lot of guys leaving and next thing you know, you're in their position," Evans said. "It's been a tremendous experience, a great ride and it has gone by."
For Evans, the experience is over, although he will continue to spend time with his teammates and prepare for the NFL draft.
"It is sad, the last time you get to put on that "W" and play with a lot of friends you've been friends with for a long time," Evans said. "It is tough but we will have some relationships after this and we would like to go out with a win."