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Badgers hope to stop another second-half collapse

The University of Wisconsin defense will try to avoid faltering in the second half, when they host Ohio State University on Saturday night.

The Badgers shut out their last two opponents in the first half of those contests, but Fresno State and Michigan combined for 31 points after the intermissions.

Wisconsin's rushing defense allowed just 41 first-half rushing yards in their last two contests, but that number swelled to 249 in the second half. The passing defense has had late slips as well.

However, Wisconsin players and coaches deny getting worn down physically and they don't believe opponents are making better halftime adjustments.

Badger Head Coach Bret Bielema says the defensive line is not as deep as it should be, but he says the starters do not have an excess work load, because most do not play on special teams.

The 18th-ranked Badgers are 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten. Meanwhile Ohio State is ranked No. 12, is 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the league.

The game will be played at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison at 7 p.m. Saturday. It will be televised on ABC and be broadcast on the Wisconsin Radio Network.