Barry Alvarez

No. 9 Wisconsin overcomes slow start, routs Utah State 59-10

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst delivered some motivational words to his team at halftime of their season opener.

It was probably wasn't the cleanest of speeches given the way his ninth-ranked Badgers played most of the first half against Utah State.

Whatever Chryst said worked. Wisconsin found its footing in the second half, pulling away in dominating fashion for a 59-10 win on Friday night.

The Badgers trailed 10-0 late into the second quarter before taking off after halftime.

"We came out slow and coach Chryst definitely fired us up at halftime ... He just gave some inspirational words at the half. I won't go into great detail about it," tight end...