PASADENA, Calif. -- Wisconsin converted three third downs and a fake punt from its own 33, but managed just a field goal as the first-half clock expired and TCU held on to take a 14-13 lead into halftime.
After a blistering pace in the first quarter in which the Frogs led 14-10 for a Rose Bowl record for combined points in the first quarter, the Frogs were forced to punt for the first time on their lone possession of the second quarter which was three-and-out.
The Badgers are having their way up front as their big, powerful offensive line that many wanted to label as an overblown storyline is pounding the Frogs' defensive line. Wisconsin has racked up 234 total yards with 128 coming on the ground.
But, the Frogs limited Wisconsin's opening drive of the game to three points after a 40-yard run on the first play, and the Badgers ran out of time on their final drive to get anything more than a field goal.
All-in-all, Wisconsin has had the football for 21:28 compared to just 8:32 for the Frogs, which could play a major role in how things unfold in the second half.
TCU senior quarterback Andy Dalton came out on fire, completing 4-of-6 passes on their first touchdown drive and he's 7-of-10 for 109 yards with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Bart Johnson. He's also rushed seven times for 31 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown run that put TCU up 14-10.
Surprisingly, TCU's 1,000-yard rusher Ed Wesley has just one carry for 1 yard.
On the other side, Wisconsin's Montee Ball has 101 yards on 13 carries with 40 coming on the opening play of the game. John Clay has 12 yards as does James White. Punter Brad Nortman ran for 11 yards on the fake punt that kept the half's final drive alive.
14 plays, 47 yards, 7:04