Run and Shoot: Tennessee Offense Rolling, But Wisconsin Hanging In

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Tennessee Offense Rolling, But Wisconsin Hanging In

TAMPA, Fla. - The Wisconsin band, under the direction of Michael Leckrone, is currently performing its halftime show, consisting of music from West Side Story.

It's appropriate, because Badgers quarterback Tyler Donovan has taken enough hard shots to the head to make him start singing "I Feel Pretty."

Impressively, though, the Badgers are staying with a Tennessee offense that is going great guns. They'll recieve the ball to start the second half with a chance to tie the game, as the Vols lead 21-14 at halftime.

One thing that's been huge for Wiscconsin in is the return of P.J. Hill. The 227-pound sophomore has 50 yards on 10 carries so far, including 15 yards on four carries during the Badgers' second scoring drive, which took 5:06 off the clock.

More drives like that will be a key in the second half, as the best way to slow down the Volunteer offense may be to keep Erik Ainge and company off the field. After completing one of his first five attempts - including a near-interception to Jaevery McFadden - Ainge has completed 12 of his last 17 passes. He has 229 yards and two touchdowns today, and if he's allowed to keep it up, Wisconsin's chances don't look good.

Of course, that's also on the Wisconsin secondary. Actually, it's on the defense as a whole, but given that the Vols don't allow many sacks, the Badgers have a better chance of stopping the catch than the throw.

For Tennessee, the numbers look pretty good, as the Vols racked up 296 yards of offense in the first half, allowing only 144. There are two areas of concern for Tennessee: one is special teams, where Wisconsin's David Gilreath was able to give Tennessee a very short field for the first scoring drive with a 60-yard scoring drive; and the other is shutting down P.J. Hill, which will be key in terms of getting the ball back for the offense.

Here we go with the second half.

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