Saturday, January 1, 2011
Halftime update: TCU 14, Wisconsin 13
By Adam Rittenberg
PASADENA, Calif. -- Halftime thoughts from the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO, where TCU leads Wisconsin by the smallest of margins.
Turning point: Both defenses settled down after a record-setting first quarter, and Wisconsin stopped TCU's momentum by forcing the only punt of the first half. The Badgers then executed their second fake punt of the season to keep a drive alive and kicked a field goal as time expired. Brad Nortman's tough run kept the momentum on Wisconsin's side.
Stat of the half: Wisconsin followed its blueprint to dominate time of possession (21:28) and rush the ball (128 yards), but the Badgers have only one touchdown despite making trips inside TCU territory on each of their four first-half possessions.
Stat of the half II: The teams combined for 375 yards, 18 first downs, 27 points and only one punt.
Best player in the half: TCU quarterback Andy Dalton was outstanding, completing 7 of 10 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown and adding 31 rush yards and a touchdown on seven attempts. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball also was very good with 101 rush yards on 13 carries, including a 40-yard run on the first play from scrimmage.