The Badgers started there season just how they wanted too. Wisconsin powered their way past Mountain West foe UNLV41-21. John Clay lead the way running, with the aid of Ball. Wisconsin, after a slow start, managed to cruise their way to a nice 1st win of the young season. Hopefully, not the last.
The badgers did what the Big 10 does, run the ball. The badgers had a total of 278 rushing yards. John Clay had 123 of them. Clay had 17 carries and 3 touchdowns. Clay scored the first td of the fame in the 1st from 5 yards out to give the badgers an early lead. Minutes later, Monte Ball punched it in from 1 yard out to give Wisconsin a 14-0 lead early on. Montee Ball would score again in the third, to give the tandem 2 touchdowns each. Running was the strong suit of the badgers team.
The passing game wasn’t so productive. John Tolzien was 15/20 for 197 yards. Those numbers are not very bad. However, he did have one crucial mistake. In the waning minutes of the 1st quarter, he threw a interception that was taken back for a touchdown. This put UNLV right back in the game. The score was 14-0, then after that, it was cut down to 14-7. Tolzien did not throw another pick. He did what he’s supposed to do, lead. He obviously did that right, according to the scoreboard.
UNLV was able to score a touchdown right before halftime to make the score 17-14. Bret Bielema must of said something right during halftime. Wisconsin came out and scored 24 unanswered points. The score was then 41-14 at the end of the 3rd. That, obviously, put the rebels away. UNLV scored once in the 4th to make it 41-24. After that, nothing else. The badgers got a nice 41-24 win in their season opener. The badgers did out gain UNLV in the first half, 279-12 yards. It was a slow start on the scoreboard, but physical dominance all game.
This was a great start to a season that could be great. The Badgers will play at home for the first time next week against San Jose State. They will play 2 more games in Madison before hitting the road again. If they can continue to pound the ball, great things will happen. Madison might have reason to celebrate in weeks to come. Hopefully, what happens in Vegas, wont stay in Vegas.
About the Author
Written by James Hagedorn
I was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1995. I am a huge fan of any team in the whole state of Wisconsin. The badgers have always been a big part of me. I can barely remember when they beat Stanford to win the 2000 rose bowl but I do remember the happiness in my family after that.