Halftime Analysis: No.21 Penn State 16, Wisconsin 7

Halftime Analysis: No.21 Penn State 16, Wisconsin 7

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Halftime Analysis: No.21 Penn State 16, Wisconsin 7

Tailback Jonathan Taylor created the image that it was going to be a big day for Wisconsin’s offense, registering a 71-yard touchdown on the Badgers’ opening drive.

Unfortunately, it turned out to be an illusion.

Wisconsin has yet to generate another scoring punch and Penn State’s offense is starting to roll, scoring points on three straight drives to take a 16-7 lead into the locker room at Beaver Stadium.

Taylor broke 100 yards on his first four carries and has 143 yards at the break, but he hasn’t received much help. With sophomore Jack Coan making his second straight road start, the Badgers’ offense has attempted only four passes, generating 10 yards and one interception. UW’s offensive line has also not handled Penn State’s front seven pressure, as Shareff Miller has registered a pair of sacks to force UW punts.

After registering 79 yards on its first drive, UW’s next five drives yielded only 65. Needless to say, it’s a mess.

UW sacked Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley to end the Nittany Lions’ first drive but have struggled to consistently pressure him since. That’s led to touchdown drives of 75 and 60 yards that Penn State made look easy. McSorley is 15-for-20 for 136 yards and a touchdown. The Nittany Lions also added a field goal off of a Coan fumble.

Penn State outgained Wisconsin, 239-144, in the first half, generating 15 first downs and going 4-for-8 on third down. UW moved the chains only four times.

Wisconsin will start the second half with the ball.

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