Sunday, 12:54 p.m. - Added the Vegas Photo Gallery to the bottom.
Sunday, 12:26 p.m. - Back on Central Time. Sorry for how I had to leave things off last night but with the late game and the late score, there was a lot going on. Thought I would give a little wrap up today.
Unbelievable play by Tyler to get that ball in the end zone and a great call by offensive coordinator Paul Chryst. Defense then came up with a big stop. You've got to like how a number of guys were able to come up with big plays in the fourth quarter. Not only TD but Shane Carter, Taylor Mehlhaff and Luke Swan (great block on Donovan's run), to name a few.
After most road games, our departure is pretty much organized chaos, especially for the athletic communications staff. We have to make sure we get the post-game interviews done with both Coach Bielema and the requested players. We need to post a story with the stats on uwbadgers.com. And we need to get the stats to our coaches, who are inevitably looking for them the minute the game is over. Oh yeah, and then make sure the busses don't leave without you.
Now, throw in a late start in a far away land, and you get some real fun. Our busses were rolling out of Sam Boyd Stadium about 50 minutes after the clock struck 0:00. It probably took about a half hour to get to the airport. Once there, we waited a little bit on the bus then needed to get everyone screened through security. By the time we took off, it was about 12:10 a.m., Vegas time. With the time change and everything, we arrived back at Camp Randall at 6:30 a.m. And being the dedicated blogger I am, I'm here in the office with an update six hours later.
Take a look back at the "Blog is live" story to see a couple pictures I took of the Band's "Fifth Quarter" performance. A lot of Badger fans stuck around the stadium to enjoy it. It was pretty cool from the press box. Also, as of this posting, we had about 1850 hits on this blog. Let's get up over 2,000!
9:57 p.m. - Looks like the song worked. Lots of scrambling up here in the press box.
9:49 p.m. - The band is trying to get everyone fired up with a little "If You Want To Be a Badger." Hopefully it works.
9:32 p.m. - It's getting a little exciting here, 10:30 left and the Badgers lead by two. Mehlhaff's field goal looked like it could have been good from about 60 yards. It had to be a low line drive because the wind is really blowing in his face that way.
9:02 p.m. - Tonight's attendance of 38,250 is the third-largest in UNLV history. The two higher-attended games also came against UW and involved temporary bleachers in the end zone. It is the fourth sellout in the history of Sam Boyd Stadium. All four have included Wisconsin.
9:01 p.m. - Field goal, good. UNLV back in front 10-9.
8:34 p.m. - Some interesting halftime numbers: P.J. Hill has 71 yards on 11 carries. Tyler Donovan, who didn't complete a pass in the first quarter, is 9-of-15 for 98 yards. UNLV is 5-of-9 on third down conversions.
Taylor Mehlhaff's FG, which made it 9-7, marks the 11th time in the last 14 games that UW has scored in the last two minutes of the first half.
And here come the Badgers back onto the field.
8:31 p.m. - Cool thing about night games, all the flashbulbs. Lots of people taking pictures of the UW Band.
As the UNLV band plays, the UW Band is kneeling on UNLV's sideline. I think our band outnumbers them three to one.
8:29 p.m. - It's halftime and the Wisconsin Band is on the field. They must be hot in those uniforms.
7:54 p.m. - For those of you following at home, the score is 7-6, UNLV, with 10:43 left in the second quarter.
7:39 p.m. - Just got that final play off before the clock hit 0:00 (I think). First quarter stats for UW: 87 yards rushing, 0 yards passing. Dueling "Let's Go Badgers," "Let's Go Rebels" cheers bring us through the timeout. As well as "Hang On Sloopy" from the UW Band. (ed. note: Thanks to Beth Brander of the UW Band, I have been informed that the song played was actually "Louie, Louie" and our band would NEVER play "Hang on Sloopy." I sincerely apologize for the indescretion and in no way meant to link our band in any way to any other band that plays "Hang on Sloopy").
7:32 p.m. - I have more duties on the road than at home, which is why the posts aren't coming as rapid-fire as last week. Speaking of fire, I nearly jumped out of the pres box when they fired the canon after that touchdown.
7:17 p.m. - According to my sources (none other than Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez), the official W Club tailgate attracted around 13,500 people. There was also an American Family tailgate with about 2,500 and an M&I Bank pre-game party with about 500 people. Did I mention there are a lot of Badger fans out here?
7:13 p.m. - The nice people at UNLV set up some portable bleachers in their open end zone to accomodate our band. It is the end zone UW is going towards in this quarter.
7:02 p.m. - The Rebels take the field. Interesting note (probably only to me). Only the men's basketball team is known as the Runnin' Rebels.
The Badgers take the field. Pretty loud cheer for the boys in all white.
6:58 p.m. - We just received word that the official game time temperature is 98 degrees. That makes this the warmest game the Badgers have played in since 1950 (as far back as the records go). Told you it was hot.
6:24 p.m. - We're live and we're blogging in Pacific Time. Joining you today from the press box in Sam Boyd Stadium in HOT Las Vegas. We've already eaten the pre-game meal (big props to Outback Steakhouse for providing the steak, fries and Caesar Salad).
The boys are stretching and hopefully getting used to the heat. I think the temperature is dropping. It's no longer like sitting on the sun. It's like sitting right next to the sun.
We're a little late for two reasons. One, I had to eat. I was starving. Two, I uploaded some photos. Most are of our hotel and the surrounding area. Noticeably absent from the photos is the Las Vegas Strip. We stayed pretty far away. And three, the wireless is giving me some problems. But I will persevere!