NCAA Game Summary - Texas-El Paso at Wisconsin|
(Saturday, September 22)
Final Score: Wisconsin 37, Texas-El Paso 26
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Subbing for an injured Montee Ball, James White
notched a pair of rushing touchdowns to lead Wisconsin to a 37-26 win over
Texas-El Paso in non-conference action at Camp Randall Stadium.
Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, left game in the second quarter
with a head injury and did not return. Melvin Gordon helped make up for Ball's
absence with a game-high 112 rushing yards to go along with a touchdown on
only eight carries. Jared Abbrederis finished with a team-best 147 receiving
yards and a TD on six catches to help the Badgers (3-1) extend their home
winning streak to 19 games, the second-longest in the nation.
Nick Lamaison threw for 259 yards and two scores for the Miners (1-3). Both of
those TDs went to Michael Edwards, who finished with a game-high seven catches
and 151 receiving yards.
UTEP opened the scoring with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Lamaison to Edwards
at the 2:15 mark of the first quarter. However, the extra-point attempt was
blocked and returned the other way by Devin Smith for a two-point defensive
conversion, making it a 6-2 game.
Early in the second quarter, Ball put the Badgers on top, 9-6 on a one-yard
touchdown run. However, he took a shot to the head on the play and, after
being evaluated by the team's training staff, was ruled out for the rest of
White took over in the backfield and scored on a three-yard run on the team's
next offensive series.
Later in the second quarter, Joel Stave pushed the Badgers' lead to 23-6 on a
47-yard touchdown pass to Abbrederis with 4:23 to play until halftime.
UTEP kicker Steven Valadez cut the deficit to 23-9 with a 45-yard field goal
as time expired in the opening half.
The Miners clawed their way back into the game in the second half. Xay
Williams scored on an eight-yard run with just under five minutes remaining in
the third quarter to trim the deficit to 23-16.
Valadez added a 43-yard field goal at the 7:59 mark of the fourth quarter to
make it a 23-19 game.
However, Wisconsin answered with a decisive nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive,
which ended with White's two-yard touchdown run to give the Badgers a 30-19
lead with 3:20 remaining. UTEP's Edwards lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff,
setting up Melvin Gordon's 26-yard touchdown run on Wisconsin's next play from
The Miners added a late touchdown on Lamaison's 62-yard pass to Edwards in the
The victory was Wisconsin's 26th in a row at home against non-conference foes,
a streak that dates back to 2003. Following the game there was no immediate
word on the extent of the injury to Ball, who suffered a concussion in the
early morning hours of Aug. 1 when he was attacked by a group of men on a
street in Madison.
09/22 17:19:51 ET