The Badger offense was rolling at Camp Randall today as Wisconsin smoked Michigan State; burying the Spartans with a record-breaking offensive performance. The Badgers managed 630 yards in a convincing 56-21 win.
The Badger co-captains connected for touchdown passes of 9, 75, 18, 70, and 18 yards.
"Lee Evans put on a show," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said.
Evans 10 catches, five touchdowns and 258 yards, a career-record setting performance, coupled with Dwayne Smith's 21-carry, three-touchdown, 211-yard rushing performance gave the Badgers, for the second time this season, a rusher and a pass receiver each with 200 plus yards.
Smith picked up the Badgers second, seventh and eighth touchdowns on runs of 3, 14, and 26 yards respectively.
"He had some good runs," Alvarez said of Smith's game. "I thought he had good vision downfield."
A game that was expected to be a duel between the second (Sorgi) and third (Jeff Smoker) most efficient quarterbacks in the Big Ten never materialized. The Badgers defense repeatedly stopped Smoker, the Big Ten leader in yards passing per game and total offense.
Sorgi completed 16 of 24 pass attempts for 380 yards and five touchdowns. It was a career record in passing yards for Sorgi and the third highest total of passing yards in Wisconsin history. Sorgi tied with Darrell Bevell for the record of five touchdown passes in a game.
In retrospect, MSU coach John L. Smith may have wished that he had not deferred the coin toss to the second half. Letting the Badgers have the ball first was the beginning of the end.
On the first drive, the Badgers drove briskly from their 35 to the Spartan nine. From their, the Sorgi-to-Evans barrage began, with a nine-yard touchdown connection on a play-action pass. With 11:22 showing on the first quarter clock the Badgers were up 7-0.
The first of Dwayne Smith's rushing touchdowns gave the Badgers a 14-0 lead with 27 left in the first quarter. Jim Leonhard set up Smith's score with an interception and a 25-yard return to the Wisconsin 46.
The Spartans mustered solitary touchdowns in each of the remaining quarters. Smoker had little time to set up and found himself often dropped for losses. Smoker went 16 for 31 and 207 yards and gave up two interceptions.
Leonhard led Wisconsin with eight tackles. Alex Lewis and Anttaj Hawthorne each had six tackles and both were instrumental in moving the Spartans in reverse with 19 and 17 yards in tackles for losses, respectively.
When the Spartans seemed to get it going, they took inopportune penalties, 11 for 86 yards. It did not help that the running game was nearly non-existent with just 95 yards. The Spartans had 310 yards in total offense, 78 yards under their per game average.
It was not nearly enough against the offensive scoring machine that Wisconsin was at Camp Randall Saturday.
UW-Lee Evans 9 pass from Jim Sorgi (Mike Allen kick) at 11:22. Nine plays, 65 yards, 3:38. Wisconsin 7, Michigan State 0.
UW-Dwayne Smith 3 run (Allen kick) at 0:27. Five plays, 54 yards, 1:30.
Wisconsin 14, Michigan State 0.
UW-Evans 75 pass from Sorgi (Allen kick) at 4:21. Five plays, 88 yards, 2:35. Wisconsin 21, Michigan State 0.
UW-Evans 18 pass from Sorgi (Allen kick) at 1:39. Three plays, 81 yards, 1:06. Wisconsin 28, Michigan State 7.
UW-Evans 70 pass from Sorgi (Allen kick) at 9:13. One play, 70 yards, 0:12. Wisconsin 35, Michigan State 7.
MSU-Aaron Alexander 30 pass from Smoker (Rayner kick) at 7:49. Five plays, 64 yards, 1:18. Wisconsin 35, Michigan State 14.
UW-Evans 18 pass from Sorgi (Allen kick) at 4:05. Seven plays, 62 yards, 3:41. Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 14.
UW-Smith 14 run (Allen kick) at 1:32. Three plays, 55 yards, 1:20. Wisconsin 49, Michigan State 14.
UW-Smith 26 run (Allen kick) at 13:11. Two plays, 35 yards, 0:45. Wisconsin 56, Michigan State 14.
MSU-Drew Stanton 13 run (Rayner kick) at 4:56. Ten plays, 96 yards, 4:07. Wisconsin 56, Michigan State 21.