1) Brooks Bollinger – How many times has Brooks Bollinger answered criticism with a huge game to silence critics? Bollinger finally earned his 28th career victory, making him the all-time winningest quarterback in school history. And he did it in style, accounting for five touchdowns, putting together one of his top games this season coming off a concussion. Bollinger finished 10-of-19 for 135 yards and two touchdowns, while three would-be touchdown passes were dropped in the end zone in the first half. He also contributed eight runs for 59 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
2)Anthony Davis – Davis has begun to look like he did last year over the last two weeks. He hurt Michigan State with power and speed, and it often took three or four Spartans to bring him to the ground. He inched closer to the 1,000-yard mark for the season with a 170 yard afternoon on 29 carries.
3)Dwayne Smith – When Davis wasn't tearing up the Spartans, Smith was. The true freshman made his playing time count with 110 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 carries. Smith is a bigger back than Davis, but he isn't that far behind in the speed department. He seems to be improving every week.
4) Ryan Aiello – One week after being benched in favor of Brett Bell, Aiello was all over the field against the Spartans. He didn't show any signs of the mental lapses that have gotten him yanked in previous weeks, and was a physical presence throughout the game. Aiello came to play against MSU and it showed.
5) Al Johnson – The entire offensive line played solid Saturday night, but Al Johnson particularly seemed to cave in the middle of Michigan State's defensive line. Johnson appeared to have a couple of pancake blocks against the Spartans, and Davis and Smith were able to take advantage of the gaping holes Johnson, along with Jonathan Clinkscale and Dan Buenning, created in the middle of the line.
Quick Notes: Jim Sorgi hurt his arm on the muffed snap in the first quarter, and was unable to return to the game…Quarterback Matt Schabert handled holding duties for the remainder of the game, and received mop-up time on the Badgers' final drive…Scott Starks suffered a hip pointer in the third quarter and was replaced for the majority of the second half by sophomore cornerback Chuckie Cowans…The Wisconsin-Iowa game is reportedly being slated for 11 a.m. Saturday morning. The official time will be announced Monday morning.
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