Saturday, November 20, 2010
Halftime update: Wisconsin-Michigan
By Adam Rittenberg
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The rout is definitely on at the Big House, as Wisconsin has completely dominated Michigan in all three phases and leads 24-0 at the break.
Turning point: Down 7-0, Michigan put together a nice drive and reached Wisconsin's 17-yard line. But Denard Robinson misfired on a third-down pass, and Seth Broekhuizen missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt. Wisconsin never looked back, scoring 17 more points before the break.
Stat of the half: Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien completed his first 13 attempts for 196 yards before throwing an interception deep in Michigan territory just before the halftime. The pick broke a streak of 24 consecutive completed passes stretching to last week.
What Wisconsin needs to do: Keep the pedal down. Remember that the Badgers led Michigan 19-0 at halftime the last time they were here, only to watch the Wolverines mount the biggest comeback in stadium history. Wisconsin's defense has been outstanding, and it's important to make Denard Robinson and the Wolverines work hard for their scores. Tolzien needs to make sure the pick just before halftime doesn't have a hangover effect.
What Michigan needs to do: Make big plays on offense. It has been the calling card for Rich Rodriguez's unit, and the Wolverines won't get back in this game without some long touchdown plays. Wisconsin controls the clock too well and will limit possessions. The Wolverines also have to string together good defensive plays, a struggle all season, and avoid special teams blunders.