It was a dark January day. The Badgers were headed to Evanston, and there was a palpable sense of dread in the air.
At the end of the day, however, Bo Ryan's Badgers pulled out a 60-50 game in Welsh-Ryan Arena. Trevon Hughes, after a meh first half, managed to come up with 4 three's just when Wisconsin needed them, and the Badgers ended Northwestern's upset bid.
Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said of the football team, which suffered an agonizing loss to Northwestern in Ryan Field in November. The game, punctuated by a Northwestern-owned and operated first half, would come down to the final minutes.
Then Scott Tolzien threw another interception and the Badgers were sunk.
It was one of the biggest WTF moments of the 09 season (thankfully one of the only ones), right up there with John Clay's 70+ run against Fresno State and Chris Maragos's end-zone INT in the same game, as well as Maragos's TD against Ohio State. David Gilreath had the highlight of his career in that game: a huge punt return for a touchdown that brought the Badgers back.
But when the offense needed to move in the final minutes, they didn't. Such is life when you're a Wisconsin fan knowing and dreading the day your team has to play in Ryan Field.
Fortunately for us, this year's game ISN'T in Ryan Field. It's at home. And, if Penn State and Michigan (ugh) pull out upset bids on Michigan State and Ohio State, the Badgers could, with a win, take their first outright Big Ten championship in 11 seasons.
The Wisconsin Northwestern series is just wacky. The home team has won every game since 2000 (before that, the Badgers won at home in 98 and in Ryan Field in 99, and NU won at Camp Randall in 2000). And when Wisconsin wins, it usually wins big; in the 2004 and 2006 games, Wisconsin won 24-12 and 41-9, respectively.
Put your favorite Northwestern memories here. Basically use this as a discussion thread for whatever you so desire.