September 30, 1978

A monumental performance from third-string quarterback Mike Kalasmiki guided the Badgers, as Wisconsin defeated Oregon 22-19. Kalasmiki came into the game after second-stringer, Charles Green, who replaced injured John Josten early in the first quarter, wasn’t able to produce any offense. Kalasmiki directed a 22-point run in the final 10:29 to mark one of the most memorable comebacks in UW history.


The game is also remembered as the origin of the famed “Bud Song.” UW Band Director Michael Leckrone said the song became a football tradition after this game. “Wisconsin was behind by three touchdowns, and the stadium was really dead. I played the song to get everyone pepped up. About 20 seconds after that, Wisconsin scored a TD. I played it again, and Wisconsin scored another touchdown. From then on, the band could never play enough “˜Bud,'” said Leckrone.