Several schools tried to lure Gary Andersen away from Utah State.
Wisconsin finally got him.
Andersen was officially hired as the Badgers' new coach Thursday and will be formally introduced at a news conference Friday morning. He replaces Bret Bielema, who left the Badgers for Arkansas this month.
"I don't know if I can really have a word for how excited I am to be at Wisconsin and have this opportunity," Andersen said in a video on Wisconsin's website. "I know I'm humbled, I know I'm blessed."
Andersen, 48, just completed his fourth and best season at Utah State. The 18th-ranked Aggies finished 11-2 with a bowl victory against Toledo and won the Western Athletic Conference. One of those losses was at Wisconsin, where the Aggies missed a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds to allow the Badgers to escape with a 16-14 win.
The Aggies won nine games in the previous four seasons before Andersen took over. The last football coach to finish his tenure in Logan, Utah, with a winning record was Phil Krueger who went 21-12 from 1973-75.
Andersen drew interest from Cal, Colorado and Kentucky last month but decided to pass on those opportunities and received a contract extension from Utah State.
When Wisconsin called, however, Andersen couldn't resist.
"It all came together," he said in a video on Wisconsin's website. "By no means was I sitting out there going, 'I've got to have a job, I've got to have a job.'
Poinsettia Bowl: Linebacker Kyle Van Noy forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it for a touchdown, and he also scored on a 17-yard interception return, both in the fourth quarter, to lead BYU to a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl.
The big plays swung the momentum for the Cougars (8-5) in what had been a tedious defensive struggle. San Diego State (9-4), playing in the hometown bowl for the second time in three years, missed the chance for its first 10-win season since 1977 and had its seven-game winning streak snapped.
Utah State: The school promoted offensive coordinator Matt Wells to head coach, replacing Wisconsin-bound Gary Anderson.
Oregon: Coach Chip Kelly says the Ducks have cooperated fully with the NCAA investigation into the school's use of recruiting services, and he isn't particularly surprised that the process has taken so long. He also says that no potential recruits have mentioned the probe.
Alabama: Linebacker C.J. Mosley is returning for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft. The consensus All-American said he wants to graduate next December. Mosley was a finalist for the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker.
Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Ball State and Central Florida meet Friday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., in a game that Ball State coach Pete Lembo and UCF's George O'Leary view as an opportunity set a nice tone for next season.
Ball State (9-3) is seeking its first bowl win in eight tries, while UCF (9-4) hopes to rebound from a loss in the Conference USA championship game in its final game before moving into the new-look Big East.
LSU: Coach Les Miles says punter Brad Wing has been suspended for ninth-ranked LSU's game against No. 14 Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl for an unspecified violation of team rules.