Scores

Final

Wisconsin 20

(2-0, 1-0 away)

UNLV 13

(1-1, 0-1 home)

10:00 PM ET, September 8, 2007

Sam Boyd Stadium, LAS VEGAS, NV

1 2 3 4 T
WIS 0 9 0 1120
UNLV 7 0 3 313

Top Performers

Passing: T. Dixon (UNLV) - 258 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: P. Hill (WIS) - 30 CAR, 147 YDS

Receiving: C. Flair (UNLV) - 10 REC, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Donovan denies Rebels' upset bid with late scamper

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wisconsin needed some good fortune to get out of Sin City with a win.

Tyler Donovan scored on a 29-yard boot leg with 1:53 to play and the fifth-ranked Badgers held on for a 20-13 victory over UNLV Saturday night.

"I know our players prepared the right way, but we shoot ourselves in the foot," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. "Every game there is a fork in the road. I'm happy to get out of here winning by one or seven, 18 or whatever it is.'

UNLV, a four touchdown underdog, took a 13-12 midway through the fourth on a 35 yard field goal from Sergio Aguayo.

"Obviously it wasn't as easy as people thought," Bielema said. "The thing I said to them after the game was that there are going to be several team in the country that are going to be put in the same situation, on the road, in a hostile environment."

But Donovan, the senior who won the starting job in summer practice, led the Badgers (2-0) on a 10-play, 61 yard drive to avoid the upset. He outraced a pair of tacklers and dove into the end zone at the pylon.

On the decisive score, he faked a handoff to P.J. Hill, outraced a pair of defenders and dove into the end zone at the pylon. He added a successful 2-point conversion pass to Luke Swan.

"I used my power to get the points on the board," Donovan jokingly said.

Donovan completed 14-of-26 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, a 3-yard strike to Garrett Graham on the first play of the second quarter. But a botched snap on the extra point attempt kept the Rebels ahead, 7-6.

Hill led Wisconsin with 147 yards on 20 carries.

Taylor Mehlhaff?s 25-yarder at the end of the first half gave Wisconsin a 9-7 lead. He also had a 51-yarder in the third quarter.

UNLV, which has only won two games in each of the past three years, couldn't help thinking what could have been.

"We were right there. We couldn't make the play at the end," UNLV coach Mike Sanford said. "We don't believe in moral victories, but on the other hand, there is tremendous hope for the future."

It wouldn't have been the first time UNLV upset Wisconsin. The Rebels were victorious 23-5 in 2003 in Camp Randall when the Badgers were ranked No. 14.

The Rebels will have another chance at a ranked team when they host No. 20 Hawaii next week.

Freshman Travis Dixon was 23-of-36 for 258 yards and a touchdown for UNLV (1-1). His 5-yard scoring strike to Casey Flair at 3:13 of the first quarter gave the Rebels a 7-0 lead.

Flair had a game-high 10 receptions for 126 yards, but UNLV couldn?t get anything going on the ground. It only had 48 rushing yards on 27 carries. Aguayo added a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIS
UNLV
1st Downs1715
Total Yards348306
Passing138258
Rushing21048
Penalties6-484-30
3rd Down Conversions5-157-15
4th Down Conversions1-20-2
Turnovers01
Possession32:1627:44

Passing Leaders

WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Donovan14/261385.310
UNLVC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dixon23/362587.211

Rushing Leaders

WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hill301474.9020
Donovan6477.8129
UNLVCARYDSAVGTDLG
Summers8253.109
Peeples22211.0014

Receiving Leaders

WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Beckum66611.0024
Swan45112.8018
UNLVRECYDSAVGTDLG
Flair1012612.6135
Paulele24321.5034

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWISUNLV
TD03:13Casey Flair 5 Yd Pass From Travis Dixon (Sergio Aguayo Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERWISUNLV
TD14:55Garrett Graham 3 Yd Pass From Tyler Donovan (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 67
FG00:00Taylor Mehlhaff 27 Yd 97
THIRD QUARTERWISUNLV
FG07:16Sergio Aguayo 25 Yd 910
FOURTH QUARTERWISUNLV
FG12:22Taylor Mehlhaff 51 Yd 1210
FG07:43Sergio Aguayo 35 Yd 1213
TD01:53Tyler Donovan 29 Yd Run (Tyler Donovan Pass To Luke Swan For Two-Point Conversion) 2013