Halftime Analysis: Wisconsin 10, Rutgers 0

Halftime Analysis: Wisconsin 10, Rutgers 0

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Halftime Analysis: Wisconsin 10, Rutgers 0

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin is doing exactly what many expected them to do hosting last-place Rutgers. Well, almost.

The Badgers’ defense is thoroughly shutting down one of the worst offenses in college football, but the offense has struggled to finish drives in what has equated to a 10-0 UW lead at halftime.

Looking to gain bowl eligibility for the 17th straight season, Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) has made life difficult for Rutgers’ offense. The Scarlet Knights (1-7, 0-5) were held to 111 yards on their six drives, as the Badgers’ defensive delivered five quarterback hurries and five pass breakups.

Wisconsin’s offense started with promise, scoring a touchdown in the first 2 minutes, 53 seconds of game time, but quickly regressed to what has been its normal.

Returning to action after missing last week’s game (concussion), Alex Hornibrook has thrown two interceptions on poor decisions, one that forfeited quality field position and one that gave Rutgers a first down at the UW 34.

Fortunately, after the second interception, linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel got a hand on the field goal attempt to prevent any damage on the scoreboard

UW had an 18-play drive that gained 78 yards and chewed up nearly nine minutes of game clock, but two red-zone incompletions forced them to settle for a field goal.

UW also squandered prime field position at its own 47 and Rutgers 41, both resulting in punts.

Looking to rebound from his two fumble game against Northwestern, Jonathan Taylor has been effective with 97 yards on 17 carries but hasn’t delivered the big home-run hit.

Rutgers will start the second half with the football.

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