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Miami (Ohio) vs. Wisconsin: Game notes

Here are some fun and interesting facts before Saturday's home opener.

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The No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers look to rebound from their 35-17 loss to No. 2 Alabama last weekend, as they face the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday. With the Badgers set to return senior safety Michael Caputo after being cleared to play from a head injury the week prior, the defense should be back to near full-strength in their first home game this season -- though, junior running back Corey Clement is a game-time decision with that tweak to his left groin.

Here are some game notes to hold you over, just about 24 hours away from kickoff:

  • This is the eighth time the Badgers have faced a MAC opponent in the last 10 years; however, it's the first time Wisconsin and Miami (Ohio) have played.
  • Fun fact: Chryst's brother, Rick, served as MAC commissioner from 1999-2009,
  • During Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst's time as the Badgers' offensive coordinator from 2005-11, UW went 44-4 at Camp Randall Stadium.
  • Since 2004, the Badgers are 68-7 at home since the start of the 2004 season -- just behind Boise State (68-2) for the best winning percentage of its home games.
  • Wisconsin's won 32 consecutive home games against non-conference opponents, which began on Sept. 20, 2003.
  • Senior quarterback Joel Stave, with his 228-yard and two touchdown pass performance last Saturday, became the sixth player in Wisconsin history to throw for at least 5,000 passing yards in his career. He now has 5,176 yards passing, which ranks him No. 5 in UW history.
  • Stave, a former walk-on, now is tied with Brooks Bollinger for No. 3 in completions (414) and stands alone in third-place all-time in touchdown passes (39).
  • Kicker Andrew Endicott became another walk-on to be awarded a scholarship last week. Since the summer, Endicott joins now-former walk-ons Jack Cichy, Dare Ogunbowale, Ryan Connelly and Zander Neuville as those to earn scholarships from Wisconsin
  • Endicott's now the 12th active player on the Wisconsin roster who's earned a scholarship. That includes nine of them in the two-deep depth chart
  • That now puts 90 former walk-ons who've been awarded scholarships at Wisconsin since 1990
  • Wisconsin's football staff includes a dozen former players who suited up for the Badgers
  • Senior left tackle Tyler Marz's start against Miami (Ohio) will be his 29th straight for the Badgers. Junior center Dan Voltz will be starting his 21st game for Wisconsin on Saturday
  • Though sophomore kicker Rafael Gaglianone missed a 34-yard field goal at the end of the first half on Saturday, his 43-yard field goal in the third quarter makes him 6-of-8 beyond 40 yards in his career
  • Gaglianone already ranks 10th all-time on the Wisconsin career list with 20 field goals
  • As of Monday, UW currently boasts 26 former players on NFL roster (22 on active rosters, three on practice squad, one on injured reserve)