Wisconsin/UNLV pregame notes

The Badgers and Rebels kickoff at 11:02 a.m. at Camp Randall Stadium

What: UNLV (0-1) at No. 21 Wisconsin (1-0)
When: 11:02 a.m. Central, Saturday, Sept. 11
Site: Camp Randall Stadium (81,318, FieldTurf)
Broadcasts: ESPN live TV coverage; 46-city Wisconsin Radio Network live radio coverage; Wisconsin Pubic Television tape-delayed broadcast at 10 p.m.

Wisconsin results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 4—Wisconsin 34, Central Florida 6

UNLV results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 5—Tennessee 42, UNLV 17

Rebels versus Wisconsin: The Badgers lead the all-time series 4-2, but lost 23-5 last season. UNLV amassed just 187 yards total offense but took advantage of five Wisconsin turnovers and sacked Badger quarterback Jim Sorgi eight times. Rebel safety Jamaal Brimmer recorded 11 tackles, two sacks, the first two interceptions of his career and he returned Dwayne Smith's second fumble of the game 55 yards for a touchdown, putting UNLV ahead 10-0. Filling in for injured tailback Larry Croom, Dominique Dorsey ran 26 times for 100 yards. Receiver Earvin Johnson caught five passes for 41 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Badger tailback Anthony Davis sprained his ankle on his second carry of the game and did not return. Smith ran 18 times for 92 yards in his absence, but lost fumbles on consecutive possessions.

Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 15th season at UW. He has a 100-67-4 career record.

UNLV coach John Robinson is in his sixth season with the Rebels and has a 26-34 record. Robinson also coached 12 years at USC (104-35-4) and nine years with the Los Angeles Rams (79-74).

  • The game matches the two coaches with the best all-time marks in bowl games. Robinson leads the coaching list with an 8-1 career record in bowl games (1-0 at UNLV), while Alvarez is 7-2. In the Rose Bowl, Robinson is 4-0 and Alvarez is 3-0.

  • Wisconsin senior Jim Leonhard needs just 36 punt return yards to surpass Nick Davis as the Badgers' all-time punt return yardage leader.

  • Wisconsin's 34-6 win over Central Florida was its largest margin of victory in a season opener since it beat Murray State 49-10 five years ago.

  • The Golden Knights mustered just two field goals against Wisconsin. It was the first time the Badgers held an opponent without a touchdown since a 24-6 win over Western Kentucky, Sept. 29, 2001.

  • Two Badger assistant coaches spent time coaching in Las Vegas. Offensive coordinator Brian White was an assistant at UNLV from 1990-92 and in 1994. Quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton was a UNLV assistant from 1990-91 and the Rebels' head coach from 1994-98.

  • Wisconsin has played UNLV more than any other non-conference opponent during the Alvarez era. Prior to last season's loss, the Badgers had outscored UNLV 131-31 in three matchups under Alvarez.

  • After Wisconsin's win last week with first-year starter John Stocco, Badger quarterbacks are 5-2 in debuts under Alvarez.

  • Wisconsin did not allow a sack last Saturday. The last time that happened was in the 2003 opener against West Virginia.


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