Bucky Survives Once Again

Despite giving up 564 yards of total offense, Wisconsin somehow survives to move to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the rugged Big Ten.

MADISON - It wasn't pretty and it probably wasn't deserved, but the Badgers, behind another standout rushing performance by P.J. Hill, get a gritty 37-34 victory in Madison against Michigan State.

Full Coverage from Badger Nation to come shortly ...

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

11 plays, 85 yards, 4:45 TOP, 10:11 remaining

P.J. Hill five-yard touchdown run (Mehlhaff kick)

Key Play:

Wisconsin knows it can exploit Michigan State's poor rush defense and they proved that early, handing the ball off to Hill seven times on the drive.

7-7 tied

3 plays, 63 yards, :51 TOP, 5:57 remaining

Jehuu Caulcrick two-yard touchdown run (Brett Swenson kick)

Key Play:

RB Javon Ringer broke through Wisconsin's front line and scampered 53 yards before being tackled on the Badger two-yard line, setting up the touchdown. 14-7 Michigan State

6 plays, 45 yards, 1:39 TOP, 2:23 remaining

Jehuu Caulcrick two-yard touchdown run (Swenson kick)

Key Play:

After being staked to excellent field position, Michigan State uses its first play to run 21 yards to advance further in Wisconsin territory.

Second Quarter

14-14 tied

12 plays, 91 yards, 4:27 TOP, 12:49 remaining

Travis Beckum two-yard touchdown from Donovan (Mehlhaff kick)

Key Play:

After a false start and delay of game penalty, Donovan connected with Travis Beckum for a 39-yard completition, moving the Badgers into the red zone.

21-14 Wisconsin

4 plays, 80 yards, 1:15 TOP, 8:35 remaining

Kyle Jefferson 64-yard touchdown pass from Donovan (Mehlhaff kick)

Key Play:

After overthrowing Jefferson once for a sure touchdown, Donovan wasn't going to let it happen again. Jeffferson beat the one-on-one coverage and Donovan threw a perfect pass to his freshman wide receiver for the score.

21-21 tied

1 plays, 80 yards, :13 TOP, 8:22 remaining

Devin Thomas 80-yard touchdown pass from Hoyer (Swenson kick)

Key Play:

Chalk up the touchdown to awful tackling by the Badgers, as Thomas forced multiple Badgers to look foolish on his way to the end zone.

24-21 Wisconsin

4 plays, 7 yards, 1:29 TOP, 1:51 remaining

Mehlhaff 35-yard field goal

Key Play:

Junior DeAndre Levy registered a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery all on one play to give the Badgers excellent starting field position.

27-21 Wisconsin

8 plays, 56 yards, :50 TOP, 0:00 remaining

Mehlhaff 47-yard field goal

Key Play:

Tyler Donovan was a perfect 4-for-4 on the drive with his last past going to Beckum for 22 yards to get the Badgers into field goal range.

Second Half

Third Quarter

27-24 Wisconsin

6 plays, 78 yards, 2:47 TOP, 12:13 remaining

Brett Swenson 19-yard field goal

Key Play:

The Badgers tackling woes continued against the Spartans, as Javon Ringer took the first play from scrimmage 70 yards down to the Wisconsin 10, breaking three tackles in the process.

34-24 Wisconsin

6 plays, 31 yards, 2:50 TOP, 9:13 remaining

P.J. Hill one-yard touchdown run (Mehlhaff kick)

Key Play:

Wisconsin's offense was set up for success before they even took the field. David Gilreath returned the kickoff 56 yards down to the Michigan State 31. Hill carried the ball six times for all 31 yards on the drive.

Fourth Quarter

34-31 Wisconsin

13 plays, 80 yards, 4:28 TOP, 13:54 remaining

Mark Dell three-yard touchdown pass from Hoyer (Swenson kick)

Key Play:

Michigan State's Mark Dell made an excellent catch against junior Allen Langford, gaining little separation but still able to hall in the pass.

34-34 tied

6 plays, 17 yards, 1:22 TOP, 12:14 remaining

Brett Swenson kicked a 35-yard field goal

Key Play:

Tyler Donovan didn't see the underneath coverage when he tried to connect with his receiver in the flat. The end result was an interception and great field position for Michigan State.

37-34 Wisconsin

10 plays, 64 yards, 5:53 TOP, 6:15 remaining

Taylor Mehlhaff kicked a 22-yard field goal

Key Play:

Michigan State gift-wrapped the field goal for Wisconsin. On third and long, Donovan pass was incomplete but an extremely late hit on the senior quarterback drew the 15-yard roughing the passer flag.

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