Who'd Thunk Wilson Is Key for Seattle?

Who'd Thunk Wilson Is Key for Seattle?

Nineteen years ago, Darrell Bevell, a redshirt freshman transfer fresh off his Mormon mission, led Wisconsin to its first Rose Bowl win-an ugly 21-16 victory over UCLA that featured seven fumbles. Bevell's clinching touchdown came on a particularly un-balletic play. The video isn't online, but here's how Jon Roe described it in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Another key was a less-than-speedy scramble by Wisconsin quarterback Darrell Bevell. It came after the Badgers had recovered a UCLA fumble at the Bruins 34. At the UCLA 21, Bevell dropped back to pass, the protection collapsed, and the 23-year-old sophomore ambled into the left corner of the end zone. His longest run of the season had covered only 9 yards, but this jaunt put the Badgers ahead 21-10 with 11 minutes to play.

"I'm sure the coaches up in the press box were laughing, and my teammates on the sidelines were laughing, because they all think I'm so slow," Bevell said on the field as Wisconsin's Fifth Quarter celebration blared. "But I got to the end zone."

Bevell was a miserable, plodding scrambler with one great, meaningful scramble. As an NFL coordinator in Minnesota and now Seattle, he's spent his career trying to find quarterbacks who excel in the area where he was weakest. When Bevell was with the Vikings, the team drafted Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb. Bevell then acquired Jackson again when he moved to Seattle, inflicting the perpetual project QB on another fan base.

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