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Earlier in this series, we looked at the top 10 in career passing yards in Wisconsin program history. I will continue to look at some of the all-time great Wisconsin quarterbacks in this article by finding Wisconsin’s all-time leaders in career passing touchdowns.

Although current Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did not make the top 10 in career passing yards at Wisconsin because he only played one season for the Badgers, Wilson did crack the top 10 in career passing touchdowns. His tenure at Wisconsin may have been brief, but in that time, Wilson proved he was one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the Wisconsin uniform.

Below are the top 10 in career passing touchdowns in Wisconsin program history:


Wisconsin football’s all-time leaders in passing yards

10. Mike Samuel, 1995-1998, 24 career passing touchdowns

12 Sep 1998: Quarterback Mike Samuel #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers in action during a game against the Ohio Bobcats at Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers defeated the Bobcats 45-0. Mandatory Credit: Chris Covatta /Allsport

9. Scott Tolzien, 2008-2010, 32 career passing touchdowns

Nov 20, 2010; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) in the first half of the NCAA football game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

7. Russell Wilson, 2011, 33 career passing touchdowns

Nov 19, 2011; Champaign, IL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson under center against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

7. Jim Sorgi, 2000-2003, 33 career passing touchdowns

Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi (19) gets sandwiched by Auburn defenders Reggie Torbor and Karlos Dansby, causing him to fumble in the fourth quarter. Auburn defeated Wisconsin 28-14 before 55,109 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville Dec. 31, 2003.
Music City Bowl

5. Brooks Bollinger, 1999-2002, 38 career passing touchdowns

Oct 13, 2001; Columbus, OH, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Brooks Bollinger (5) throws with pressure from Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Na’il Diggs (32) at Ohio Stadium. The Badgers beat the Buckeyes 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

5. Randy Wright, 1981-1983, 38 career passing touchdowns

Dec 20, 1986; E. Rutherford, NJ, USA; FILE PHOTO; Green Bay Packers quarterback Randy Wright (16) in action against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Manny Rubio-USA TODAY Sports

3. Alex Hornibrook, 2016-2018, 47 career passing touchdowns

Oct 20, 2018; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) during the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

3. John Stocco, 2003-2006, 47 career passing touchdowns

Jan 1, 2007, Orlando, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback (7) John Stocco looks to pass in the Badgers 17-14 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Capital One Bowl at Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports Copyright © 2007 Bob Donnan

2. Joel Stave, 2012-2015, 48 career passing touchdowns

Nov 28, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Joel Stave (2) drops back for a pass in the first half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

1. Darrell Bevell, 1992-1995, 59 career passing touchdowns

Quarterback Darrell Bevell, tight end Michael Roan and the rest of the 1993 Wisconsin Badgers squad that beat UCLA in the Rose Bowl will be honored before UW’s game against Nebraska on Oct. 6.
1994 Press Photo University Of Wisconsin S Quarterback Darrell Bevell Celebrates