Halftime Breakdown: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Thanks to a touchdown on special teams, Ohio State leads Wisconsin 14-7 at halftime at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
Corey Brown opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown. It’s his second such score of year, also returning a punt for a touchdown in the win over Nebraska.
After forcing a three and out, the Buckeye offense then went on an eight-play, 68 yard drive, the final 15 coming on a Carlos Hyde touchdown run that put OSU up 14-0.
The Badgers then countered with an 82-play drive, capped by Montee Ball’s 7-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 14-7.
Ball has had a strong half, carrying 18 times for 112 yards and the touchdown. That score matched Miami University’s Travis Prentice for the most in FBS history, with 78. He’ll have the second half to try and break that mark.
Braxton Miller has been solid in the passing game, completing 8 of 12 passes for 78 yards. Brown has three receptions (for 40 yards), as does Devin Smith (30 yards).
The elusive runner, however, has been contained for the most part. Despite several called run plays, Miller has just 36 yards on 13 carries. Hyde has 34 yards on just five totes.
Penalties have hurt Wisconsin (3 for 40 yards) putting the Badgers in long-yardage situations. Wisconsin has controlled time of possession, with a six minute-plus advantage.
The Badgers also lead in total offense, gaining 201 yards to OSU’s 151. UW has 140 yards on the ground (to OSU’s 73), while the Buckeyes lead in passing, 78-61.
Quarterback Curt Phillips is just 4 of 11 passing, and has faced pressure most of the first half. John Simon has been in the Badger backfield often.