Game 264: Maryland @ #7 Wisconsin

The Fifth Quarter is a nationally renowned tradition that takes place at Camp Randall Stadium after every home game, win or lose.  The Wisconsin Marching Band remains on the field postgame playing everything from “On Wisconsin” to “Time Warp” to “Tequila” to “Swingtown.” Fans remain in the stadium and dance with all the traditional choreographed moves.  Legendary band director, Mike Leckrone, created this postgame event in the 1970s to keep fan interest strong during the years of poor on-field football performance.  Even with Wisconsin’s resurgence in football, The Fifth Quarter has remained a unique spectacle in the world of college football.  Today, for homecoming during Camp Randall Stadium’s 100th year in existence,  Mike Leckrone invited another legend, Steve Miller, to direct his own “Swingtown” during The Fifth Quarter.

There was plenty to celebrate, as well.  The Badgers hit their stride right from the onset and Maryland never stood a chance.  An interception return for a touchdown was followed by a great day for QB Alex Hornibrook and the eclipse of the 1,000 yard mark by RB Jonathan Taylor. The game was never in doubt.

Fans jumped around, per tradition, at the onset of the fourth quarter and settled in for the show during The Fifth Quarter.  A raucous reaction from the crowd ensued as Mike Leckrone introduced Steve Miller to direct the band in “Swingtown,” a Wisconsin favorite. The crowd danced and sang and solidified an unforgettable homecoming for the undefeated Badger football team.

This surely would be the last warm and beautiful Saturday before the cold would settle in, and Badger fans took advantage by swarming the Terrace on the lake and partying late into the night on State Street.  Madison, Wisconsin on gameday is just hard to beat.

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