Last week, Wisconsin (2-0) overcame an early deficit to comfortably win a 45-14 affair against New Mexico. Both Jonathan Taylor (253 yards rushing) and A.J. Taylor (134 yards receiving) recorded career days, while a defense that gave up 87 yards on the Lobos’ first offensive series only allowed 124 yards the rest of the afternoon.
For BYU (1-1), Kalani Sitake’s squad looks to get back on track after a 21-18 loss to Cal last Saturday.
When and where is the game?
Wisconsin and BYU will kick off at 2:30 p.m. CT at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
How can I watch?
The game will be broadcast on ABC with Bob Wischusen assigned to play-by-play duties, Brock Huard as the analyst, and Allison Williams reporting from the sideline.
How can I stream the game online?
How can I listen to it on the radio?
On the Badgers Sports Network, where you’ll find the usual team of Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher, and Patrick Herb. Head to BadgerSportsNetwork.com to find it. You can also listen on iHeartRadio (iOS/Android/desktop) by searching “WIBA.”
On satellite radio, find it on Sirius 133/XM 195.
Find us on Saturday morning!
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From earlier this week: Madison Cone on first interception, true freshman Rachad Wildgoose sees first playing time
Along with some firsts on the offensive side of the ball last Saturday, safety Scott Nelson and cornerback Madison Cone each recorded their first career interceptions in the 45-14 win against New Mexico.
Nelson’s interception in the third quarter nullified a potential Lobos scoring opportunity following a Wisconsin turnover of its own. UW’s offense would go on to score touchdowns on their next five offensive series.
For Cone’s pick, the sophomore cornerback worked in the slot during the fourth quarter when a pass from Sheriron Jones found its way into the defensive back’s hands.
“I was kind of like a linebacker on the play,” Cone told reporters on Wednesday. “My job was just to kind of get a reroute and then just read the quarterback, so I kind of worked to the receiver. He worked away from me, so I locked on the quarterback. We kind of made eye contact, [I] saw where he was going with it, so I kind of just read it and I just made the play.”
Cone has played in both games this season after participating in nine contests last year, which included a pass break-up in Wisconsin’s Orange Bowl win over Miami on Dec. 30.
“[The interception was] a big confidence booster for me,” Cone added, “Going forward, now that I got one [interception] under my belt, [I’m] expecting more to start coming my way.”
Cone is currently listed as one of the second-team cornerbacks on Wisconsin’s depth chart but is often seen as the team’s third corner in the slot when defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard implements the nickel subpackage.
According to Cone, there are some differences from playing in that slot cornerback spot compared to being on the outside.
“The difference with that is moreso just when you’re at corner, the sideline’s kind of another defender, so it’s kind of a lot more space,” Cone said. “With that, you just got to know the defense a little better. You got to know where your linebackers are, where your safety is, so you just don’t feel like you’re covering all that space. Knowing that I got a linebacker here and a safety here, it can kind of change the way I play, change my leverage. That’s kind of the biggest difference, it’s a lot more space so you got to know where your help is and how to use it.”
Wildgoose, a true freshman from Miramar, Fla., experienced his first game time action later in the win against New Mexico.
“So before the game [defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard] told me, ‘Get ready, know all of your checks, be mentally prepared,’” Wildgoose told B5Q on Wednesday. “So by the middle of the third quarter, he was like, ‘Get ready,’ so I was hyped. I was screaming on the sidelines, and when I got in, I was kind of nervous but then again it’s football, [I] practice for it so I was prepared.”
Maybe, as he later described, a hint too hyped?
“I was super hyped so I was getting kind of tired quickly, but after the first drive, I was comfortable. It felt like I had been playing for years.”
What to know before the game
Jake Kocorowski: Wisconsin 41, BYU 9
Jon Beidelschies: Wisconsin 35, BYU 10
Drew Hamm: Wisconsin 41, BYU 13
Owen Riese: Wisconsin 45 BYU 7
Ryan Mellenthin: Wisconsin 45, BYU 10
Bob Wiedenhoeft: Wisconsin 40, BYU 6
Tyler Hunt: Wisconsin 38, BYU 13
Kevin O’Connell: Wisconsin 38, BYU 7