Sept. 15, 2012
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Wisconsin vs. Utah State
Sept. 15, 2012
Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, Wis.
• Wisconsin won its 25th-consecutive non-conference home game, dating back to Sept. 13, 2003.
• The Badgers claimed their 17th-straight win at Camp Randall Stadium, dating back to Oct. 17, 2009.
• Wisconsin won its fifth-consecutive night game at Camp Randall and improved to 12-5 all-time under the lights at home. The Badgers are 30-5 in their last 35 night games, dating back to 1995.
• Wisconsin allowed the Aggies to convert just 6-of-19 third-down attempts. Through three games, Wisconsin opponents have converted just 29.8 percent of their third-down tries (14-for-47).
• A week after losing his first non-league game in seven seasons, UW head coach Bret Bielema improved to 26-1 in non-conference games.
• The Badgers are now 6-2 under Bielema in home games following a road loss and improved to 41-3 under Bielema at Camp Randall Stadium.
• Wisconsin won its seventh-consecutive game against a Western Athletic Conference team, improving to 19-7 all-time against the WAC. The Badgers have won 16 of their last 17 games against WAC opponents.
• After failing to score a touchdown last week for the first time since Oct. 16, 2010, RB Montee Ball scored his 63rd career TD on a 17-yard run in the third quarter. He is now tied with former Badger Ron Dayne for eighth place in NCAA history (Dayne’s total does not include bowl games … his official school record is 71 TDs)
• The touchdown was the 57th rushing touchdown of Ball’s career, moving him into a tie with Marshall Faulk and Tim Tebow for ninth in NCAA history.
• The 57 career TDs also move Ball into third all-time in Big Ten history, trailing only Anthony Thompson (68) and Ron Dayne (71).
• In his 21 career starts, Ball has scored 53 touchdowns.
• Ball finished the game with 139 yards on 37 carries. It was his 18th career 100-yard game and 16th in 21 career starts.
• Ball now has 3,630 career rushing yards, making him the fifth player in school history to surpass the 3,500-yard mark.
• Sophomore WR Kenzel Doe’s 82-yard punt return for a touchdown was the longest punt return by a Badger since Josh Hunt’s 89-yad punt return on Aug. 31, 2000 vs. Western Michigan. It was only Doe’s second career punt return.
• Freshman WR Reggie Love caught his first career pass, a 19-yard reception in the first quarter.
• Freshman RB Melvin Gordon carried the ball for the first time this season, gaining 15 yards on his initial rush, coming late in the second quarter.
• Freshman QB Joel Stave made his first career appearance, coming out to start the second half.
• Senior LB Mike Taylor finished with 15 tackles, his ninth career double-digit tackle game. With 290 career tackles, Taylor moved past Dennis Stejskal (283) and into 20th in UW history.
• Redshirt freshman P Drew Meyer punted nine times for an average of 41.4 yards. For the season, Meyer is averaging 41.0 yards per punt. He entered Saturday’s game ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten at 40.6 yards per kick.