Number 5: Wisconsin linebacker/defensive end Alex Lewis—Lewis played exclusively at defensive end Saturday due to the Badgers use of a 3-2-6 defense from start to finish. Lewis led a pass rush that harassed Michigan State quarterback Jeff Smoker throughout the contest. Lewis had six tackles, 3.5 for loss, two sacks and two quarterback hurries.
Number 4: Wisconsin defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne—Hawthorne dominated inside, often beating double teams and helping keep Smoker from stepping up in the pocket. Hawthorne finished with six tackles, 3.5 for loss and one sack.
Number 3: Wisconsin tailback Dwayne Smith—With Booker Stanley falling to an ankle injury on the Badgers' first possession, Smith became essentially the team's only option at tailback. The sophomore responded in a big way, picking up 207 yards and three touchdowns on just 21 carries.
Number 2: Wisconsin quarterback Jim Sorgi—Sorgi followed up his best career performance by doing it one better. One week after throwing four touchdown passes, he threw five Saturday, to go with 380 yards on 16 of 24 passing.
Number 1: Wisconsin receiver Lee Evans—Evans was on the receiving end of all five Sorgi touchdown passes. Michigan State tried using man coverage on Evans, with a safety often helping far too late. Evans took advantage, making Spartan defenders look silly all day long. Evans line: 10 catches, 258 yards, five touchdowns. In the process he set school records for receiving touchdowns in a game, season (12) and career (26) and also set a school record for receiving yards in a game, breaking Al Toon's mark of 23.