The Badgers were well on their way to a commanding victory when a transformer blew with 7:41 in the fourth quarter, causing a loss of power in much of Sam Boyd Stadium. Officials called the game, which was the home opener for the Rebels and drew 42,075, a record crowd for a Nevada sporting event.
Bolinger completed 12 of 24 passes for 156 yards. He threw a 37-yard touchdown to Jonathan Orr 3:15 into the second quarter and reached Bob Docherty from seven yards out just 85 seconds later as Wisconsin (2-0) jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
Mike Allen kicked a 43-yeard field goal and Dwayne Smith ran for a two-yard touchdown with two minutes left as the Badgers took a 24-7 lead into halftime.
Bolinger's favorite target was Orr, who caught seven passes for 151 yards. Anthony Davis rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries as Wisconsin gained 159 yards on the ground.
Rebels quarterback Jason Thomas completed 13 of 27 passes for 146 yards but was intercepted twice. He also had 10 carries for 80 yards as UNLV ran for 146 yards.