Wisconsin secondary stepping up

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The season-ending shoulder injury to Wisconsin star linebacker Chris Borland really increased pressure on the Badgers' secondary.

Today, the back four are answering the call. The Badgers already have an interception from cornerback Antonio Fenelus, a forced fumble by cornerback Niles Brinkley and a fumble recovery by safety Aaron Henry. Wisconsin forced another Michigan State field goal thanks to big hits from Henry and fellow safety Jay Valai, who has returned to the field after being shaken up in the first quarter.

Michigan State's offense is making plays here and there, but the Badgers' secondary has kept Kirk Cousins and co. out of the end zone. Wisconsin lacks a true shut-down secondary, but if the Badgers can generate takeaways and lay some big hits, they'll be in good shape today.

Michigan State's defense also looks good so far, especially Greg Jones.

Wisconsin leads 10-6 with 8:27 left in the first half.