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Big play gives Wisconsin halftime lead against Iowa, 7-6

Joel Stave AP

Joel Stave‘s 44-yard pass to Jacob Pedersen gave Wisconsin a 7-6 lead against Iowa in the first half, and the Badgers are clinging to that narrow lead at halftime. The game has been about as exciting as the score would indicate, with Iowa scoring two field goals in the half to build a 6-0 lead before the big play from the Badgers, which was aided by some poor tackling. If you like defense, this has been your choice for the early slate of the schedule.

The windy conditions in Kinnick Stadium may be having a bit of an impact on the passing game at times but has not had a negative effect on the kickers. Stave has completed just six of 11 pass attempts and Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock has gone nine of 17. Iowa kicker Mike Meyer has converted each of his two field goal attempts and Wisconsin’s Jake Russell¬†appeared to successfully kick a 54-yard attempt as time expired in the first half but Iowa had called a timeout. Freezing the kicker may have paid off in this instance, as Russell did not have the distance or the direction on his official attempt.

A win for Iowa in this game would make the Hawkeyes eligible for postseason play, while Wisconsin needs the win to keep pace just behind Ohio State. The Buckeyes would still need to lose twice for Wisconsin to have a chance to return to the Big Ten Championship game this season, but every win for the Badgers is important.

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