Drive Blog: Wisconsin Falls In Big Ten Opener

John Clay was held without a touchdown Saturday and had his 10-game 100-yard rushing streak snapped, finishing the 34-24 loss to Michigan State with just 80 yards.

Michigan State made plays when they needed too. Wisconsin didn't.

The Spartans converted on third down, the Badger offense exited the field.

Special teams once again reared its ugly head, as UW gave up its second touchdown return of the season.

No, all in all, it was not a pretty 34-24 loss at Michigan State on Saturday.

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First Half

First Quarter

3-0 Michigan State

10 plays, 33 yards, 4:02 time of drive

Dan Conroy with a 36-yard field goal.

Key Play: Antonio Fenelus drew an offensive pass interference penalty in the end zone to halt MSU drive at 1st-and-25. Spartans weren't able to pick up the first down and had to settle for a field goal.

Second Quarter

7-3 Wisconsin

8 plays, 74 yards, 3:07 time of drive

James White scores with 16-yard scamper to the outside (Welch PAT)

Key Play: Making the running game even more imposing, the Badgers played right guard Bill Nagy at tight end for much of the drive, giving them six offensive lineman on the field as they marched on the MSU defense. Nagy sealed the edge for White's touchdown.

10-3 Wisconsin

4 plays, 1 yard, 1:01 time of drive

Welch connects from 49-yards to give Badgers touchdown lead

Key Play: Umm, the field goal. The Badgers went one yard on offense. Field position came from Aaron Henry fumble recovery that Niles Brinkley forced.

10-6 Wisconsin

5 plays, 36 yards, 1:52 time of drive

Conroy nails second field goal of day to cut Badgers lead to four. Hits from 36 yards out.

Key Play: A 30-yard strike from Cousins to Keshawn Martin down the middle of the field on the first play of the drive.

13-10 Michigan State

Keshawn Martin takes Badger punt back 74 yards for a touchdown

Key Play: A false start on Jacob Pedersen erased a fine punt from Nortman, and Nortman's second try was awful. A line drive down the middle of the field, Martin just ran really fast.

20-10 Michigan State

9 plays, 69 yards, 2:17 time of drive

Mark Dell catches an 8-yard touchdown pass from Cousins (Conroy PAT)

Key Play: Bell with a 23-yard run to get MSU down field in a hurry, giving them time to choose plays and use timeouts in red zone.

Second Half

Third Quarter

20-17 Michigan State

3 plays, 47 yards, 43 seconds

White with his second touchdown on the day on a 34-yard scamper to the outside

Key Play: White looked inside, decided he didn't like it and then just flat out-ran everyone to the outside for a 34-yard touchdown. Six touchdowns in the last two games for the freshman.

27-17 Michigan State

6 plays, 51 yards, 3:06 time of drive

Gantt catches 1-yard TD from Cousins

Key Play: A playaction fake that fooled Mike Taylor started the drive with a 28-yard pass to Gantt.

27-24 Michigan State

11 plays, 70 yards, 4:04 time of drive

Pedersen hauls in a 12-yard TD pass from Tolzien (Welch PAT)

Key Play: The touchdown. John Clay's two double-digit yard runs. The Badgers really needed seven points from this drive.

34-24 Michigan State

15 plays, 84 yards, 7:57 time of drive

Cousins completes 1-yard TD pass to Cunningham

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