MADISON, Wisconsin -- Throughout the first half of No. 21 Wisconsin's game against No. 20 Northwestern, snow pelted the field. But the source of the snow was not from the heavens above, but rather from the student section.
While the Wisconsin grounds crew cleared the turf of snow prior to the game, the bleachers remained covered in snow, prompting the students -- probably restless as their Badgers fell behind the Wildcats 10-0 after two quarters -- to launch orbs at each other.
A section vs section snowball fight had broken out in the Wisconsin student section— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) November 21, 2015
But then, the students turned on the cheerleaders, who had to be evacuated from the field to avoid the onslaught of snowballs coming their way.
Wisconsin cheerleaders leaving the field after being pelted with snowballs by their own fans. pic.twitter.com/vyUJkj9TsB— Jesse Temple (@jessetemple) November 21, 2015
In response, the UW Madison police began to escort snowball-throwers out of the stadium, pleading with fans to avoid engaging in the winter pastime.
C'mon students - we'd rather you not throw snowballs. But please do NOT throw at the field. If you're caught, you will be cited and ejected.— UW-Madison Police (@UWMadisonPolice) November 21, 2015
Spirit squad just moved off the field, as they were being pelted by snowballs. C'mon, Badgers...we're better than that.— UW-Madison Police (@UWMadisonPolice) November 21, 2015
Easier solution: be adults and respectful...and don't throw snow. https://t.co/wJA5oAiUjh— UW-Madison Police (@UWMadisonPolice) November 21, 2015
Save the snowballs for Bascom Hill. Anyone caught throwing snow on the field will be cited and ejected by @UWMadisonPolice— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) November 21, 2015
You're right. Shame on us for expecting more from fans! #yikes #stayclassy https://t.co/SbxHKrTY1y— UW-Madison Police (@UWMadisonPolice) November 21, 2015
We will continue to monitor the snow situation.