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The bright lights of Las Vegas failed during the UW football game Saturday night, but not before the Badgers (2-0) lit up the second quarter with 24 points on their way to a 27-7 victory over the UNLV Rebels. The game was called with 7:41 to play in the fourth quarter due to a power outage at Sam Boyd Stadium.
Freshman Jonathon Orr led the Badgers with 151 yards receiving, a UW rookie record. Orr eclipses former Badger Tony Simmons' freshman record of 132 yards. Orr scored the first touchdown of the game and tallied seven receptions on the night. Anthony Davis finished with 81 yards on 20 carries and Brooks Bollinger was 12 of 24 for 156 yards and two touchdowns.
Wisconsin failed to capitalize in the first quarter despite three turnovers by the UNLV offense. Jim Leonhard grabbed his third pick of the season; intercepting Rebels quarterback Jason Thomas on the first drive of the game. Later, Thomas fumbled as he was sacked and Kareem Timbers intercepted another Thomas pass.
In the second half, the Badgers wasted no time in cashing in on the fourth UNLV turnover, a fumbled snap. On UW's first play after the fumble recovery, Bollinger hit Orr for a 37-yard strike to score the first points of the game. Wisconsin also took advantage of the fifth UNLV turnover, following a fumble recovery with a Bollinger seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bob Docherty.
With a 14-0 lead, Jim Sorgi entered the game for Wisconsin and after throwing a long bomb to Orr, handed the ball off to frosh running back Dwayne Smith. Smith took the ball in from the left side for a two-yard score, his first TD as a Badger. Smith tallied 38 yards on seven carries.
UNLV quickly answered Smith's touchdown, working a well-executed two-minute offense just before the half. With less than a minute left, Joe Haro took the ball in on a 15-yard run to put the Rebels on the board.
After a scoreless third quarter, Scott Campbell added a 42-yard field goal for the Badgers, before the lights went out and the game was called. UW's second game of the season was played in front of 42,075, a record crowd for a Nevada sporting event.
Wisconsin faces West Virginia at Camp Randall Stadium next Saturday at 11:05 a.m.
Badger Nation will have thoughts/notes on the game on the site Sunday and Monday.
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