Alvarez wins No. 100 in style

Wisconsin celebrated its coach following Badgers' opening-day win

As the final seconds ticked off the clock in Wisconsin's 34-6 win over Central Florida Saturday, the public address announcer at Camp Randall Stadium made sure that the more than 80,000 fans in attendance knew that Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez had just won his 100th game at the school, becoming only the tenth coach in Big Ten history to win 100 games at one conference institution.

The stadium's new videoboards then kicked into gear, with a digital rundown of all 100 wins, including the dates and scores of each.

In the Badger locker room after the game, free safety Jim Leonhard, one of four senior captains, presented Alvarez with the game ball. At the beginning of Alvarez's postgame press conference the Mendota Gridiron Club gave Alvarez a bronze statue of himself and a framed poster that depicted the game programs from all 100 wins.

"When you reminisce, the thing I can think of is all the people that were involved in it," Alvarez said. "How many people since 1990 and where the program was and how far its come and what we've accomplished. I guess I would be remiss if I didn't start with (former Athletic Director) Pat (Richter) and talking about him giving me an opportunity and then supporting our football program every step of the way for 14 years. And then former coaches and players and anybody that's had something to do with the program—and there are so many. But they all had a piece of this and I'm very proud of it. It's very meaningful to me."

Alvarez opened his tenure 14 years ago with a 1-10 season.

"One win into 100, at the time I thought (100 wins) would take a lot of years," Alvarez said. "I worry about the next game, I really do. I didn't think about how many years I'd be here, how many years I'd continue coaching or how many games I could win. I was just trying to figure out how to win the next one."

After back-to-back 5-6 seasons, Wisconsin won the 1994 Rose Bowl, and again prevailed in Pasadena in 1999 and 2000.

"There were some rough times and we knew the program was in bad shape when we got here," Alvarez said. "Thank goodness we've had some good times too."

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