Independence Bowl



Wisconsin 14

Kansas St. 3


Wisconsin Fight Song


By The Associated Press


The University Wisconsin had never won a bowl game and Kansas State had never played in one, so something had to give when the Independence Bowl marked the opening of major college postseason action.


Wisconsin has been playing college football since 1889. They had gone to four previous bowl games, last year's Garden State Bowl and three Rose Bowls without a victory. Its most notable appearance was on Jan 1. 1963, when Ron VanderKelen almost pulled out a memorable Rose Bowl game against Southern California, rallying the Badgers from a 42-14 deficit to 42-37


Kansas State was even more bowl-starved than Wisconsin, making their first postseason appearance in 87 years of college football.


But, Randy Wright threw two touchdown passes Saturday night to lead the Badgers to a 14-3 victory over the Wildcats in the seventh Independence Bowl.


The Badgers trailed in a bowl again early in this one. After a scoreless first quarter, K-State took the game’s first lead with 7:10 left in the second period when Steve Willis booted a 29-yard field goal after defensive end Bob Daniels recovered a fumble at the Badger 18-yard line (video). The Wildcats’ lead was short-lived, however. On Wisconsin’s ensuing drive, the Badgers marched 79 yards in eight plays, scoring a touchdown on a 16-yard pass from Wright to Michael Jones for a 7-3 halftime lead (video).

"After they scored, we just said we had to get it all together and we did," said Wright, who completed 10 of 24 passes for 183 yards.


Wisconsin struck again midway through the third quarter, when game offensive MVP Wright connected with Tim Stracka on an 87-yard pass for a 14-3 Badger advantage. Wright’s short toss to his wide receiver from the Wisconsin 13 went all the way.


Commenting on the 87 yard pass play, Wright said, "Stracka breaks two tackles and makes the quarterback look good,"


K-State drove deep into Wisconsin territory on its next two possessions, but was unable to score. One opportunity ended when a Wildcat pass was intercepted in the Badger end zone while the other was stymied at the Wisconsin 26- yard line when K-State could not convert on fourth down. Darrell Ray Dickey completed just 13 of 35 passes for 127 yards and one interception on the game for 1982 Big Eight Coach of the Year Jim Dickey’s Wildcat squad.


The game was played in 34-degree temperatures following a two-inch rainfall in Shreveport, before an announced crows of 49,523. But, with 23-mile-per-hour wind and temperatures to 10 degrees below zero, the actual crowd was 24,684.  The conditions severely hampered Kansas State.


Tim Krumrie was the game Defensive MVP. He helped limit the Kansas State running attack to less than two yards per carry.


Wisconsin Coach Dave McClain said the sloppy going may have hurt Kansas State. "Kansas State is an option team and it's hard for an option team on a field like this," he said. "It must have been very frustrating."


Game totals showed five turnovers, 14 punts, 22 completions in 59 attempts (.372) and 14 penalties.


K-State's Phil Switzer scoops up a fourth quarter Wisconsin fumble, but the Cats failed to score.


K-State's Vic Koenning reaches for Wisconsin back. Masi Taluao carries for K-State.


Attendance- 24,684

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
KSU- FG Willis 29
UW- Jones 16 yd pass from Wright (Rohde kick)

Third Quarter
UW- Stracka 87 yd pass from Wright (Rohde kick)

Individual Statistics

UW- Williams 11-57, Ellerson 13-47
KSU- Taluao 10-31

UW- Wright 9-24-183
KSU- Dickey 13-35-127

UW- Keeling 4-64, Stracka 1-87
KSU- Dageforde 4-30, Wallace 3-51