04 November 2006

Halftime: Wisconsin 10, Penn State 3

For the first time in a while, Penn State won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

The teams traded field goals in the first half as neither team was able to punch the ball into the end zone early on.

Penn State's defense came up with a huge play in the second quarter. Dan Connor sacked Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco, who fumbled the ball. Fellow linebacker Sean Lee recovered the ball on the Wisconsin 18 yard line. In what has become very common this year, the offense was unable to capitalize. On the next play, Anthony Morelli threw an interception gave the ball right back.

Wisconsin replied with a long drive exclusively on the ground, amassing 42 yards on 8 runs before missing a 47 yard field goal.

The Badgers muffed a late second quarter punt, but recovered it themselves and responded by moving the ball into Penn State territory and eventually scoring a touchdown to take a 10-3 lead into halftime.

Taking advantage of a rule change which allows the clock to start on a kickoff when the kicker kicks off as opposed to when the ball is received, Wisconsin intentionally went offsides on two consecutive kickoffs to run down the clock to halftime. This incensed JoePa, who ran onto the field berating the officials.

Wisconsin has the edge in total yards (201-89) and time of possession (21:12 to 8:48).

With 10 first half tackles, Penn State linebacker Paul Posluszny set the career record for tackles.

Penn State gets the ball to start the second half.
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