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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Badgers' Joel Stave named starter

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Redshirt freshman quarterback Joel Stave will get his first start for Wisconsin on Saturday against UTEP, Badgers coach Bret Bielema confirmed after practice Thursday.

Stave replaced Danny O'Brien in the second half of last week's win against Utah State, completing 2 of 6 passes for 15 yards in a 16-14 win.

O'Brien transferred to Wisconsin from Maryland. He has completed 44 of 71 passes with three touchdowns and an interception in three games for Wisconsin (2-1), which lost to Oregon State on Sept. 9 and has scored just 49 points this season.

Information from ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg was used in this report.