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Paul Chryst photo

UW coach Paul Chryst welcomes his players back to the sideline after a touchdown catch by wide receiver Alex Erickson in the second quarter.

Fight against hunger

More than 100 University of Wisconsin student-athletes, along with volunteers from the Goodman Community Center, were accepting non-perishable food and monetary donations at eight collection areas around Camp Randall Stadium prior to the Badgers’ game against Rutgers on Saturday.

It marks the ninth year of UW’s Red & White Hunger Fight, which strives to provide Thanksgiving meals to low-income families across Dane County, but the first time the Badgers have done it surrounding a football game.

It’s also the first time that UW’s Badgers Give Back program has partnered with the Goodman Community Center.

The Goodman staff will distribute the collected food to families in need as part of its Thanksgiving Basket program Nov. 21-23. Last year’s Thanksgiving Basket effort provided meals to 3,000 families.

Honorary captain

Former UW linebacker Dave Ahrens served as the honorary captain at Saturday’s game.

Ahrens played for UW from 1977 to '80 and finished his career with 280 tackles, which ranks among the top 25 totals in Badgers history. He is sixth all-time in school history with 43 tackles for loss.

Ahrens was a team captain as a senior in 1980 and was named the Badgers’ MVP. He was a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1981 NFL draft and played 10 seasons in the league with St. Louis, Indianapolis, Detroit, Miami and Seattle.

Super fan

During a second-quarter timeout, UW recognized Robert Haugen as the Season Ticket Holder of the Game.

Haugen has been a Badgers season-ticket holder for 36 years. One of his nine grandchildren is a freshman at UW.

Recruiting visits 

Corey Malone-Hatcher, a four-star defensive end from Michigan that UW offered in early October, attended the game.

Other recruits at Camp Randall Stadium included inside linebacker Griffin Grady and long snapper/wide receiver Jake Cesear, both of which are committed to the Badgers for the 2016 class.

Women's basketball shoutout

During a break in the first quarter, the UW women’s basketball team was introduced.

The Badgers, who also made an appearance at Badgerville before the game, will open their season against Minnesota State-Mankato next Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

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