What: No. 24 Wisconsin (8-3 overall) at Hawaii (4-6)
When: 8:05 p.m. Central, Friday, Nov. 25
Site: Aloha Stadium (FieldTurf, 50,000)
Broadcasts: ESPN2; 45-city Wisconsin Radio Network live radio coverage.
Hawaii versus Wisconsin: Wisconsin holds a 3-1 record against Hawaii, with the Badgers most recently defeating the Warriors 34-18 Nov. 25, 2000 at Aloha Stadium. In that game, tailback Michael Bennett rushed for 218 yards while receiver Chris Chambers had 169 receiving yards.
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 16th and final season at UW. He has a 116-73-4 career record.
Alvarez all-time versus Hawaii: Alvarez has a 2-0 record against Hawaii, with both games being played in Honolulu.
|Nov. 30, 1996||Aloha Stadium||Wisconsin 59, Hawaii 10|
|Nov. 25, 2000||Aloha Stadium||Wisconsin 34, Hawaii 18|
Hawaii coach: June Jones is in his seventh season at the Warriors' helm and his eighth overall at the school. He was Hawaii's quarterbacks coach in 1983 before coaching at various positions with the Houston Gamblers (United States Football League), Denver Gold (USFL), Ottawa Roughriders (Canadian Football League), Houston Oilers, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and most recently, the San Diego Chargers. He has a 52-36 record at Hawaii as its head coach.
Wisconsin season-to-date (links to BadgerNation.com coverage)
WISCONSIN 56, Bowling Green 42
WISCONSIN 65, Temple 0
Wisconsin 14, NORTH CAROLINA 5
WISCONSIN 23, Michigan 20
WISCONSIN 41, Indiana 24
NORTHWESTERN 51, Wisconsin 48
Wisconsin 38, MINNESOTA 34
WISCONSIN 31, Purdue 20
Wisconsin 41, ILLINOIS 24
PENN STATE 35, Wisconsin 14
Iowa 20, WISCONSIN 10
Hawaii season-to-date (links to FoxSports.com Game Trax coverage)
Southern California 63, HAWAII 17
MICHIGAN STATE 42, Hawaii 14
Hawaii 24, IDAHO 0
Boise State 44, HAWAII 41
LOUISIANA TECH 46, Hawaii 14
HAWAII 49, New Mexico State 28
Hawaii 45, SAN JOSE STATE 38
Fresno State 27, HAWAII 13
NEVADA 38, Hawaii 28
HAWAII 50, Utah State 23
- Two Badgers will play in their native state Friday: sophomore safety James Kamoku (Kailua-Kona) and senior center Donovan Raiola (Honolulu). There are no Wisconsinites on Hawaii's roster. The Warriors boast three players from American Samoa and one each from Australia and Nigeria.
- This is the last regular-season game for head coach Barry Alvarez, who will retain his position as Wisconsin's athletic director after the 2005 season.
- Wisconsin tailback Brian Calhoun is tied for the most touchdowns in the nation, with a school-record 22.
- Like Wisconsin, Hawaii had last week off but unlike the Badgers, the Warriors have another regular-season game to play next week. They will host San Diego State to close out their season.
- Badger senior receiver Brandon Williams and junior tailback Brian Calhoun are ranked sixth and seventh in the nation, respectively, in all-purpose yardage. Williams has 1,844 yards (167.6 yards per game) while Calhoun has 1,830 (166.4). Wisconsin is the only school with two individuals in the top 10. Williams and Calhoun rank fifth and sixth on UW's single-season all-purpose yardage list. Former standout tailback Ron Dayne holds the record with 2,242 yards in a season, set in 1996.
- Williams needs six catches to become the seventh player in Big Ten history with 200 career receptions.
- Wisconsin needs 29 points in two games to set a new school record for points in a season. The Badgers have 381 points in 11 games this year, the third most in school history; the current record stands at 409 points, set in 1999. Wisconsin is ranked No. 15 in the country and No. 3 in the conference in scoring offense.
- Wisconsin has trailed or been tied in the second half of four of its eight wins this season.
- Badger junior quarterback John Stocco's pass efficiency rating of 144.6 is fourth in the conference and would be the third best in school history behind Darrell Bevell's 155.2 in 1993 and Jim Sorgi's 148.1 in 2003. Stocco holds the single-season school record for passing yards with 2,428, is tied for third in touchdown passes with 17 and would be in fifth in completion percentage with 59.6 percent.
- Wisconsin is 8-6-1 in its regular-season finales under Alvarez, including wins in 1996 and 2000 against Hawaii.
- The Badgers have a conference-best plus-10 turnover margin and have committed zero or one turnover in seven of 11 games. The defense, meanwhile, has forced at least two turnovers in seven games and at least one in every game.
- Wisconsin opponents average more penalty yards per game, with 65.8, than opponents of any other Big Ten school.
- The average starting field position for Wisconsin's opponents is their own 26-yard-line, while Wisconsin starts, on average, at its own 35-yard-line.
- Warrior running back and wide receiver Nate Ilaoa had a 53-yard run against Utah State Nov. 12, the longest run by a Hawaii player since the 2002 season, when John West had an 81-yard run at Fresno State.
- Hawaii true freshman receiver Davone Bess has more than 100 receiving yards in each of his last five games, including a career-high 171 at Nevada Nov. 5. He leads the Western Athletic Conference and is third in the country with 8.10 receptions for game. He is second in the WAC and sixth nationally with 104.8 receiving yards per game.
- Hawaii averages 468 yards per game in total offense, while Wisconsin averages almost 100 yards below that, at 378.8 yards per game.
- The Warriors are 40-18 at home under Jones and were 18-46 in home games the six years prior to Jones' arrival. Jones is 12-18 on the road; the Warriors were 2-23 on the road from 1993-1998.
- Jones has recruited 57 local athletes in his time at Hawaii, including 16 out of St. Louis School in Honolulu. Of the Warriors on the current roster, 54 are from Hawaii, including 50 from Oahu; there are 53 players from the continental United States.