Drive Blog: Maragos Makes it Happen

For the second straight week, Chris Maragos makes a big play for UW's defense, as he intercepted Ryan Colburn's pass in the second overtime and watched UW's offense register the winning field goal, beating Fresno State 34-31.

MADISON - Wisconsin's defense steps up big in the second half, forcing two turnovers, and sophomore running back John Clay injects some life into Camp Randall with a 72-yard touchdown run with less than six minutes left.

But with 90 seconds left, the Bulldogs, thanks to some conservative UW play calling, get the ball back and drive 35 yards to set up the tying field goal, which Ryan Goessling made from 41 yards away.

After UW and Fresno State traded touchdowns in overtime, senior captain Chris Maragos makes a big play for UW's defense, as he intercepted Ryan Colburn's pass in the second overtime.

From there, he watched Phillip Welch kick the game-winning 22-yard goal, leading the Badgers to a hard-fought 34-31 victory over the Bulldogs.

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Head Coach Bret Bielema

CB Antonio Fenelus

S Chris Maragos

QB Scott Tolzien

RB John Clay

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DE O'Brien Schofield

Fresno State (1-0) at Wisconsin (1-0)

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Fresno State

9 plays, 59 yards, 4:28 TOP, 6:14 left

Chastin West 13-yard pass from Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling kick)

Key Play: Bradley Nortman delivered a beautiful, booming 58-punt that travelled to the Fresno State 7. Unfortunately, Nortman was let down by his poor coverage unit, allowing return man Devon Wylie to scamper 34 yards out of harm's way to the FSU 41.

Second Quarter

14-0 Fresno State

1 play, 70 yards, :10 TOP, 14:46 left

Devon Wylie 70-yard pass from Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling kick)

Key Play: After Phillip Welch missed his third field goal of the season, FSU went right after CB Devin Smith, who was burned badly on the route for a touchdown catch.

14-7 Fresno State

8 plays, 56 yards, 3:04 TOP, 11:35 left

Zach Brown 11-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)

Key Play: With Fresno State rushing only three linemen, Scott Tolzien had plenty of time to find David Gilreath wide open in the middle of the field for a 17-yard catch. One play later, Brown was in the end zone.

21-7 Fresno State

11 plays, 72 yards, 4:25 TOP, 7:01 left

Seyi Ajirotutu 15-yard pass from Ryan Colburn (Kevin Goessling kick)

Key Play: Antonio Fenelus is still on the field looking for his jock strap. He assumed Ajirotutu was going inside, but the receiver broke to the sideline and was wide open. He made no move, no juke, but Fenelus decided to go with his instincts, which were proven dead wrong.

21-14 Fresno State

5 plays, 54 yards, 2:24 TOP, 4:27 left

David Gilreath 8-yard run (Phillip Welch kick)

Key Play: UW's offensive line is starting to provide some solid protection. Tolzien had time to fine Garrett Graham for 26 yards, getting UW back in the redzone for the second consecutive drive.

21-17 Fresno State

7 plays, 52 yards, 1:37 TOP, 0:00 left

FG Phillip Welch 57 yards

Key Play: After the crowd booed offensive coordinator Paul Chryst's play calling, the Badgers rolled the dice on a pass play and the gamble paid off. Tolzien connected with Anderson, who was the only receiver on the play, as the junior adjusted to the pass and hauled it in for a 43-yard gain down to the 33.

Second Half

Third Quarter

No Scoring

Fourth Quarter

24-21 Wisconsin

1 play, 72 yards, :10 TOP, 5:45 left

John Clay 72-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: Wisconsin's dormant running game finally found its spark. Man child John Clay ran right through a gab in the offensive line and flew right past the FSU defense, giving UW its first lead of the game.


8 plays, 35 yards, 1:05 TOP, :16 left

FG Kevin Goessling 41

Key Play: Chalk that drive up to UW's defense. Fresno State was in prime territory to score the go-ahead touchdown, but the Badgers force three straight incompletions from the UW 24 to force the field goal.


31-24 Wisconsin

5 plays, 25 yards

Nick Toon six-yard pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play: Tough catch by Toon, who made the rolling catch going to his right and secured the ball before falling to the ground.


8 plays, 25 yards

Ajirotutu 7-yard pass from Ryan Colburn (Goessling kick)

Key Play: On second-and-goal from the 16, Jae McFadden runs into a wide receiver in the end zone, drawing three penalty flags for pass interference.

Second Overtime


5 plays, 20 yards

FG Phil Welch 22

Key Play: Five John Clay running plays got the Badgers down to the five-yard line.

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