Wisconsin is no stranger to talented backfield duos. Before there was Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement, or Montee Ball and James White, the Badgers had Brent Moss and Terrell Fletcher. The pair’s run, which began in 1991, helped change the face of Badgers football in the decades to come.
Moss, of Racine, was Wisconsin’s top rusher in 1992 and 1993, and his 3,428 career rushing yards at Wisconsin ranks eighth in school history. Fletcher, a native of Hazelwood, Missouri, led the Badgers in rushing yards in 1991 and 1994, and he ranks ninth in school history with 3,414 yards.
In 1993, after finishing under .500 in back-to-back seasons, Moss and Fletcher helped lead the Badgers to a 10-1-1 record and the team’s first Big Ten title since 1962.
Moss set Wisconsin records with 1,637 yards, 312 carries, 11 100-yard performances and was named Big Ten MVP in 1993. After Moss was dismissed from the team because of legal issues, Fletcher picked up the slack, carrying the ball for 1,476 yards and 12 touchdowns in 1994.
The duo was also part of one of the more dramatic homestands in the history of Camp Randall. On back-to-back Saturdays during the 1993 season, the Badgers hosted Michigan and Ohio State with the Big Ten title hanging in the balance. The Badgers entered the homestand coming off a 28-21 loss to Minnesota, but by the time the two games were over, Wisconsin’s future was looking much brighter.
Moss and Fletcher led the way as Wisconsin beat Michigan 13-10 in a game that was marred by a post-game stampede that sent numerous fans to the hospital with injuries.
In the second game of the homestand, the 15th-ranked Badgers forced a 14-14 tie with the third-ranked Buckeyes, with Moss and Fletcher once again leading the way.
Under then-head coach Barry Alvarez, the tailback tandem helped revitalize the Wisconsin football team, which has produced at least one 1,000-yard tailback in 21 of the past 24 seasons.