Saturday, September 18, 2010
Halftime update: Wisconsin-Arizona State
By Adam Rittenberg
MADISON, Wis. -- A few thoughts at halftime, as No. 11 Wisconsin has rallied to take a 13-10 lead against Arizona State.
Turning point: In a half defined by special-teams highlights and lowlights, Wisconsin's Shelton Johnson made the biggest play of them all. After Wisconsin had taken a 13-10 lead with 10 seconds left in the half, Arizona State's Kyle Middlebrooks broke away for what looked like the Sun Devils' second kick return touchdown of the half. But Johnson caught up and tripped up Middlebrooks at the 1-yard line as time expired, preserving the Badgers' lead.
Best player in the half: Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks. Down two starting receivers (Nick Toon and David Gilreath), the Badgers clearly are relying on Kendricks to be the No. 1 option in the passing game. The senior has stepped up so far with five receptions for 104 yards and a 14-yard touchdown despite defensive pass interference with 10 ticks left in the half.
Stat of the half: The teams have combined for 407 offensive yards but only one offensive touchdown (Kendricks' catch). Arizona State's lone touchdown came on a 97-yard kickoff return by Omar Bolden.