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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Football: Two night games on 2012 schedule

Tuesday the Wisconsin football team will play two prime-time games in the 2012 season.

The Badgers will play Utah State at home under the lights with a 7 p.m. Central Time kickoff. The game, scheduled for Sept. 15, will be broadcasted by BTN. The last Wisconsin night game to be picked up by BTN was the 2009 season opener against Northern Illinois.

Wisconsin will also have a late start time when it travels to Nebraska to face the Cornhuskers. The Badgers defeated the Cornhuskers 48-17 in front of a national television audience in Nebraska’s first game as part of the Big Ten. Wisconsin and Nebraska will matchup for the second-straight year at night.

The Badgers are making their first trip to Memorial Stadium since 1973. The game is scheduled for Sept. 29 and will be aired by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

Wisconsin has much success playing at night under head coach Bret Bielema. Since taking over the program in 2006, the Badgers have won 12 of their 16 night games, including three of their five in the 2011 season.

Wisconsin’s night-game success has not been limited to Bielema’s era, but extends back to when Barry Alvarez headed the program. Since 1995, the Badgers have a record of 29-5 in games under the lights.

UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.

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