Northwestern Wisconsin Football

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald walks arm in arm with his players as the Wildcats take the field before Saturday's game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. 

MORRY GASH, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wildcats lock arms to show unity

Members of the Northwestern football team locked arms as they came onto the field on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium to show they’re a “unified group.”

With the Wildcats not coming onto the field until after the completion of the National Anthem, the players made the decision to lock arms as they took the field to show that they “all believe in equality,” Northwestern safety Kyle Queiro told the Chicago Tribune earlier in the week.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald told the Tribune he supports his players’ decision.

“I fully support our guys,” Fitzgerald told the paper. “Our guys are special; I think they are the leaders of tomorrow.”

Bucky Wagon returns

The Bucky Wagon made a return Saturday, delivering the UW spirit squad to the game prior to kickoff.

The fire engine was a fixture at Camp Randall until it was deemed unsafe in 2001. But a new, eco-friendly Bucky Wagon was unveiled in 2011 with the help of the school’s College of Engineering. Among the changes was the installation of an electric engine.

A UW spokesman said the Bucky Wagon was brought back on the field Saturday as a test run as the university celebrates the stadium’s 100th anniversary.

Brooks Bollinger serves as honorary captain

Former UW quarterback Brooks Bollinger, who was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, served as honorary captain before kickoff Saturday.

Bollinger, a member of the Camp Randall 100, was the starting quarterback on the Badgers’ 1999 Big Ten championship team and finished his UW career with a 30-12 record as a starter.

UW Hall of Fame inductees recognized

Members of this year's UW Athletics Hall of Fame class, who were inducted during a ceremony Friday, were recognized during halftime of Saturday’s game.

The Class of 2017 includes Sara Bauer, women’s hockey; Bollinger and Darrell Bevell, football; Brian Elliott and Bob Suter, men’s hockey; Tamara Moore, women’s basketball; Arlie Schardt and Chris Solinsky, men’s track and cross country; Tracy Webster, men’s basketball; Guy Lowman, baseball, basketball and football coach; and Mike Leckrone, director of the UW Marching Band.

Leckrone, who’s served as the band's director since 1969, received a standing ovation from the Camp Randall crowd when he was introduced at halftime.

Packers GM Ted Thompson in attendance

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was spotted on the field at Camp Randall before Saturday’s game and later in the press box.

The Packers have the weekend off after beating the Chicago Bears 35-14 on Thursday night. Green Bay doesn’t play again until Oct. 8 when the Packers travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Barry Alvarez honored by Orange Bowl

UW athletic director Barry Alvarez was recognized during the first quarter of Saturday’s game for his recent induction into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame.

Alvarez played linebacker for Nebraska in the 1966 Orange Bowl, where the Cornhuskers lost to Alabama 39-28, and he served as defensive coordinator for Notre Dame in the Fighting Irish’s 21-6 win over No. 1 Colorado in the 1990 Orange Bowl.

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