Run and Shoot: First Half Recap: Badgers & Hawkeyes

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First Half Recap: Badgers & Hawkeyes

MADISON, Wisc. -- The scoring came all at once -- minutes before the half wrapped --but the fireworks were enough to satisfy a packed house (82,630) at Camp Randall. Now the red-wearing Badger fans hope their team can re-claim the lead.

Wisconsin has squandered opportunities. For example, on one Iowa drive, Badger defender Aubrey Pleasant missed a sack deep in Iowa territory, instead drawing a costly 15-yard facemask. Then defensive end Matthew Shaughnessy dropped a potential interception thrown by Jake Christensen.

The Badgers have moved the ball, but every drive but one has included either a penalty or inexcusable mental error that has stopped Wisconsin short.

Iowa, on the other hand, has made the most of limited opportunities and remained patience Hawkeyes have not dominated the Badgers; on the contrary, they've been dominated at times. But Iowa is leading because it made good on its opportunitiy to drive against a relaxed Wisconsin defense before the half.

Iowa, what has worked: Passing the ball
Jake Christensen has come alive. Kirk Ferentz will alow his young QB to keep attacking in the second half.

Wisconsin, what has worked: The defense
Despite the late first half scoring drive, Wisconsin has controlled the Iowa running game and applied pressure to Christensen. That must continue for UW to win this one.

Wisconsin will get the ball to start the second half.

Stats of note:

UW punter Ken Debauche has averaged 47.7 yards per punt. No kidding, so far he's the Badger MVP.

On four carries Damian Sims has negative-one yards for Iowa.

Top defenders Mike Klinkenborg and Ken Iwebema are all over the field for Iowa. Each has a sack and four or more tackles.

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