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Halftime: Wisconsin 14, South Carolina 13

Roughly, I'd say that first half was 70 percent good Wisconsin, 30 percent bad Wisconsin. As expected, the Badgers have enjoyed great success on the ground, totaling 159 rushing yards on 22 attempts (7.2 yards per). Melvin Gordon has been the star, gaining 78 yards on 13 carries (6.0 yards per), while James White has 41 yards on seven carries (5.9 yards per). Corey Clement also got his earliest burn of the season, gaining 32 yards on a nifty play that saw White receive the direct snap in a Wildcat formation before handing off to the freshman.

The bad? Anyone with an eye on the TV and/or Twitter would tell you Joel Stave and some iffy defense. South Carolina has 183 yards at halftime (Wisconsin has 223), but quarterback Connor Shaw has been brilliant in torching the Badgers' secondary with his ability to keep plays alive with his feet. Shaw is 11-of-13 for 133 yards and a touchdown, plus 17 yards off 8 carries. That rushing total is unremarkable, but the number of plays he either kept alive or made something out of very little was too much to count.

Stave, meanwhile, is 7-of-11 for 64 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. That pick, though, was fairly unlucky:

.GIFs via SB Nation's awesome live blog

Otherwise, Wisconsin has limited South Carolina's rushing attack to 17 yards on three carries from Mike Davis and 8 yards on two carries from Brandon Wilds.

The other star, aside from Gordon and Shaw, is certainly Gamecocks wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who has hauled in three catches for 91 yards, including this:


Can Wisconsin hang onto the lead in the second half? Come watch along with us in the game thread!