Sept. 5, 2010
Postgame Press Conference Video
Final Stats |
LAS VEGAS -- Wisconsin running back John Clay rushed for 123 yards on 17 carries and added two touchdowns as the No. 12 Badgers amassed 278 yards on the ground en route to a 41-21 win over UNLV in the season-opener at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night.
Rebel quarterback Omar Clayton came off the bench in the third quarter and finished with a team-high 59 yards rushing on nine carries in addition to going 6-for-16 for 82 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Wide receiver Phillip Payne grabbed his 15th career touchdown reception, hauling in a pass from starting quarterback Mike Clausen late in the second quarter which brought the Rebels to within three at 17-14 at the close of the first half. Payne led all receivers with 71 yards on four catches on the night.
Clay picked up 39 yards on the ground during Wisconsin’s 14-play, 80-yard opening drive which gave the Badgers an early 7-0 lead. Following a three and out from UNLV, the Badgers continued to hammer the ball on the ground, this time Montee Ball crossed the goal line for a one-yard touchdown to give UW a 14-0 advantage.
UNLV capitalized off two Wisconsin turnovers to the tune of 14 points in the first half, closing the gap to 17-14. Will Chandler’s 19-yard interception return for a touchdown got UNLV on the board late in the first. Chandler came up big again in the second quarter, scooping up a Nick Toon fumble at the two-yard line and rumbling 82 yards down to the UW 16, setting up a Clausen strike to Payne one play later.
The Badgers’ Aaron Henry returned a fumble for a touchdown less than two minutes into the second half, extending the UW lead to 24-14. Wisconsin would go on to score 17 more points in the third quarter behind a pair of 16-yard rushing touchdowns from Clay and Ball, putting the game out of reach at 41-14.
Clayton finished off the scoring for the night with a nine-yard pass to Irshad Stolden, capping an eight-play, 80-yard drive for the Rebels.