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

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

The Wisconsin Badgers look to rebound Saturday against New Mexico State after suffering a stunning loss to Washington State last week.

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

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

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It’s midway through the second quarter and Braelon Allen has tied his career high for TDs (6:09/2nd Qtr)

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

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

Maema Njongmeta almost reaches the end zone. Braelon Allen finishes the job (11:17, second quarter)

Njongmeta, the junior linebacker, picked off 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 plus the extra point gives the Badgers a 28-0 lead.

Keontez Lewis’ TD was too long (12:22/2nd quarter)

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

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

Linemen Trey Wedig, Tanor Bortolini come into play, help propel UW to second TD (14:56/Second Quarter)

It took Wisconsin 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 on 10 carries during the post.

The move 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 with an 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 scores on a 39-yard run (13:30/1st quarter)

If this is any indication of how the afternoon will go, then UW will put 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 passes on the drive and used running back 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 until kickoff and one thing is for sure, special teams can be interesting. With Calvaruso and Van Dyke out, redshirt freshman Nate Van Zelst will score his first field goals and Gavin Meyers will handle the punts.

Meyers, a redshirt sophomore from Oshkosh Lourdes, is actually the third string kickoff specialist. Van Dyke and Calvaruso are the team’s top picks at that position.

Of greater interest from this position will be how Van Zelst fares, especially after Calvaruso badly missed two kicks last week. During the preseason, Van Zelst said he has a range of up to about 50 yards.

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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin vs New Mexico State live game updates at Camp Randall

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