First Half Impressions - No.6 Wisconsin 14, BYU 14

First Half Impressions - No.6 Wisconsin 14, BYU 14

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First Half Impressions - No.6 Wisconsin 14, BYU 14

MADISON, Wis. – After feasting on cupcakes for two straight weeks, No.6 Wisconsin is struggling to chew on the meat of its nonconference schedule.

Appearing hungry to pay back the 40-6 whipping given to them by the Badgers last year, BYU was the hungrier, more aggressive and trickery team in the opening 30 minutes and headed into the locker room tied at 14.

Winning the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense, BYU gained 222 yards, held Wisconsin to 178 and limited the potent Badgers running game to 98 yards.

If it wasn’t for UW scoring with 1:17 left, a play inspired by an overturned BYU catch on the UW 3 and a Danny Davis 18-yard gain on third-and-19, the first half would have had a far different feel to it.

Wisconsin’s first quarter generated mixed results. The Badgers scored on their second series with a heavy dose of running plays that earned Taiwan Deal his first touchdown since November 2015. That feel-good moment was quickly erased by BYU marching down the field to tie the score.

The big hit of the drive was a 44-yard run by tailback Squally Canada, a play that occurred immediately after senior outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel hobbled to the sideline with a right leg injury. With Van Ginkel out for the rest of the game, UW rotated reserves Christian Bell and Noah Burks at that spot for the rest of the half.

It was the start of consecutive scoring drives for the Cougars, which marched 89 yards in 10 plays and caught UW napping on a backwards pass that led to a 31-yard score and a 14-7 lead.

BYU nearly struck a third consecutive drive when quarterback Tanner Mangum appeared to hit tight end Dallin Holker at the 3-yard line. Official review determined the ball hit the turf and when a 52-yard field goal attempt went wide right, UW had prime field position it turned into seven points thanks to its three-headed monster at receiver

A 16-yard catch by A.J. Taylor, an 18-yard catch by Davis and a 21-yard jet sweep by Kendric Pryor gave the offense a first down at the BYU 2. Alec Ingold plunged in from there to square the score at intermission.

BYU will receive the second half kickoff.

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