No. 6 Wisconsin might prefer a grind-it-out style.
But the Badgers certainly don’t mind fast starts. Or quick scores.
Two weeks after scoring 35 points during an 8-minute first-half scoring flurry at Purdue, the Badgers quickly took a 28-14 halftime lead over No. 8 Penn State in the Big Ten championship game.
As usual, they scored in a variety of ways _ two short scoring runs, one lone TD run and a defensive touchdown that rekindled images of what transpired at Purdue just two weeks ago. The first two scores came in the first 12 minutes of the game, the next two came in a 4-minute, 27-second span.
And just like then, backup quarterback Bart Houston was the catalyst. Houston started in place of the injured Alex Hornibrook and was quite efficient, going 6 of 10 for 66 yards throwing for first downs on five of his six completions.
The question now: If Houston & Badgers keep it up and win in a rout, will it be enough to convince the selection committee to give the Big Ten champs one of the four playoff spots?