Wisconsin leads New Mexico State, 35-0, at halftime

Wisconsin leads New Mexico State, 35-0, at halftime

The Wisconsin Badgers look to bounce back Saturday against New Mexico State after suffering a blowout loss to Washington State last week.

The Badgers are 1-1, and New Mexico State is 0-3.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm at Camp Randall Stadium.

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It’s midway through the second quarter and Braelon Allen has a career high for Deputies (6:09/second quarter)

The sophomore has run for three touchdowns twice in one game in his career, but this never comes easy. The Fond du Lac native reached the end zone for the third time with a 2-yard run with 6:09 left in the second quarter. His other three-touchdown efforts came in back-to-back games with Northwestern and Nebraska.

At this point in the game Allen has 77 carries in 12 attempts and Wisconsin leads 35-0.

Maema Njongmeta has almost reached the end zone; Braelon Allen finishes the job (11:17, second quarter)

Junior linebacker Njongmeta caught the first pass of his career and returned it 6 yards to the New Mexico State 2-yard line. Allen took care of the rest, gaining 1 yard on the next two plays to reach the end zone. The play and the extra point give the Badgers a 28-0 lead.

Keontez Lewis’ TD was a long time coming (12:22/second quarter)

The sophomore transfer from UCLA caught an 18-yard touchdown from Mertz with 12:22 left in the first half. The grab was Lewis’ third in the past two games and his first touchdown since his junior year of high school. His senior season was canceled due to the pandemic and he was not part of the passing game at UCLA.

The score, along with Nate Van Zelst’s extra point, pushed the UW lead to 21-0.

Linemen Trey Wedig, Tanor Bortolini enter the game, help spur UW to the second TD (14:56/second quarter)

Wisconsin needed seven plays and 2 minutes 40 seconds to cover 63 yards and get its second score, a 2-yard run by Chez Mellusi. Mellusi gained 40 yards in 10 carries during the stint.

The drive came with the help of some changes on the offensive line. Wedig, a Kettle Moraine High School graduate, replaced Logan Brown at right tackle and Bortolini, who missed the first two games due to injury, took over for Michael Furtney at right guard.

The rest of the line – Jack Nelson at left tackle, Tyler Beach at left guard and Joe Tippmann at center – remained the same.

Braelon Allen scored on a 39-yard run (13:30/first quarter)

If this is any indication of how the evening will go, then UW will be racking up points in a hurry.

It took UW four plays and 1 minute, 22 seconds to get into the end zone. The Badgers didn’t need any passes on the drive and used tailback Jackson Acker twice, including on the touchdown run.

And kicker Nate Van Zelst split the uprights on the extra point. The Badgers lead, 7-0.

Kickers Vito Calvaruso, Jack Van Dyke out

We have about 35 minutes left until kickoff and one thing is for sure, special teams could be interesting. With Calvaruso and Van Dyke out, redshirt freshman Nate Van Zelst will get his first field goal action while Gavin Meyers will handle punts.

Meyers, a redshirt sophomore from Oshkosh Lourdes, is the third-string kicking specialist. Van Dyke and Calvaruso are the team’s main options in that position.

There is more interest from this seat than Van Zelst’s success, especially when Calvaruso missed two kicks badly last week. During the preseason Van Zelst said he has a range of up to about 50 yards.

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