After one half of football at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Wisconsin trails Alabama 14-7. A missed 34-yard field goal by Rafael Gaglianone just before the end of the second quarter certainly hurts, but the Badgers have looked alright so far -- save for a lackluster running game and the injury to Michael Caputo.
Joel Stave has been especially strong in the first half, going 14 of 16 for 149 yards and one touchdown. That TD was a thing of beauty: a low dart into the endzone and the hands of Alex Erickson.
On the ground, Corey Clement has seven carries for only 15 yards. Collectively, Wisconsin has rushed 13 times for 22 yards. Obviously, that's no good. Credit Alabama's defense for being stout as expected, especially through the air.
Defensively, Caputo went down early in the game, so it's hard to get a before/after picture of the defense. But Alabama quarterback Jake Coker seemed to target the middle of the field in the first half, going 10 of 13 for 134 yards and one touchdown. Running back Derrick Henry has nine carries for 75 yards and one touchdown on a 37-yard scamper.
All in all, Wisconsin's right in this one. And that's the best they could ask for.
Below are the halftime stats courtesy of the CBSSports.com Game Tracker. Keep it here in the comments for the second half to see if the Badgers can pull this one off. On Wisconsin.