The Year in Pictures, part 1

The University of Wisconsin football team enjoyed its fourth 10-win season in program history last year, the final campaign at the helm for head coach Barry Alvarez. The year culminated with an emphatic win in the Capital One Bowl over a heavily favored Auburn team.

The Badgers football-season-opener was supposed to be an coronation of sorts for Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs. He got the better of UW's defense more often than not this day, completing 30 of 51 passes for 458 yards and five touchdowns. But he could not escape Johnny White (4) and Brett Bell (6) on this play. (Matthew Kutz/Badger Nation)

The first fall Saturday at Camp Randall proved to be a sweet introduction for tailback Brian Calhoun, who ran 43 times for 258 yards and five touchdowns on his way to a record-setting season. Here, Calhoun runs in for a touchdown during the second quarter of the Badgers' 56-42 win over the Falcons (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

On Sept. 24 the Badgers remained undefeated (4-0) after sneaking past Michigan. John Stocco celebrates his game-winning touchdown with his teammates. (Matthew Kutz/Badger Nation)

John Stocco breaks into the endzone in the fourth quarter to score the winning touchdown for the Badgers. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

After three highly productive seasons at Wisconsin, Brandon Williams had a marvelous senior year – the most prolific campaign by a Badger receive not named Lee Evans. Here Williams runs a punt back 63 yards for a touchdown against Indiana in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

A rejuvenated Jonathan Orr caught eight touchdown passes in his senior year, including… This play was originally ruled an incomplete pass. But a video review proved that Orr got a foot in bounds after securing the football, and before striding out of bounds. The touchdown gave Wisconsin a 41-17 fourth-quarter edge. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

The Badgers beat Indiana 41-24 on this day. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Yes, Wisconsin beat Minnesota in the Dome this year. Somehow, someway. Jonathan Casillas blocks Justin Kucek's punt with less than 38 seconds left in the game. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Zach Hampton, 26, Ben Strickland and Jonathan Casillas, 46, scramble for the bouncing ball. Casillas has the ball pinned against his hip in this picture. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Aubrey Pleasant, 28, Jarvis Minton, 88 and other Badgers celebrate with Ben Strickland, 3, after Strickland secured what was the game-winning touchdown with 30 seconds left. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Ben Strickland gives the ball to an official as the Badgers celebrate. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Barry Alvarez after the game. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Jason Chapman holds Paul Bunyan's Axe in celebration. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Purdue's Curtis Painter fumbles after being hit by Joe Stellmacher. Wisconsin won the Oct. 22 game 31-20 to improve to 7-1. (Matthew Kutz/Badger Nation)

Barry Alvarez shares a moment with Joe Paterno. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Deon Butler catches a touchdown pass from Michael Robinson. Butler had 125 receiving yards and two scores in PSU's 35-14 win. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Whiteout in focus. Brian Calhoun, foreground. It was not a good day for Calhoun, who had 38 yards on 20 carries. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

John Stocco threw for 313 yards but was intercepted twice and sacked nine times. Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny got him here. (Derek Montgomery/Badger Nation)

A week after struggling against Penn State, Brian Calhoun was held to 18 yards on 15 carries in a 20-10 loss to Iowa. (Matthew Kutz/Badger Nation)

The 2005 season was marked by an unbelievable number of serious injuries to defensive linemen. Matt Shaughnessy's terrific freshman season ended when he tore his ACL versus Iowa. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

The Iowa game, however, will forever be remembered for being the final home game in Barry Alvarez's storied 16 seasons at Wisconsin. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Sign adorning Barry Alvarez's office porch. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Brian Calhoun rushes for a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of UW's 24-10 win over Auburn in the Capital One Bowl. Calhoun received the Capital One Bowl Most Valuable Player award after rushing for 213 yards on 30 carries. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

It was also a great game for receiver Brandon Williams, who caught six passes for 173 yards, including this 37-yard catch. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Barry Alvarez gets doused by his players at the end of the game. (AJ Maclean/Badger Nation)

Wisconsin football coach Barry Alvarez gets a high five as he exits the field at the close of the Capital One Bowl. (AP Photo/Brian Myrick)

Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun acknowledges the fans after beating Auburn in the Capital One Bowl. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

John Stocco gets a pass off as an Auburn defender hits him. Stocco finished the game with 301 yards and two touchdowns passing to cap the best season statistically of any UW quarterback in history. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

All-American left tackle Joe Thomas is worked on by the Wisconsin training staff. Thomas, an All-American offensive lineman, tore the ACL in his right knee during the third quarter while playing defensive line. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Bret Bielema took over as head coach after the season. (Neil Ament/Badger Nation)

Check back with for more "Year in Pictures" pieces over the course of the next week.

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