Game Coverage: UW Dominates Reeling Spartans

Follow along with Badger Nation's Drive Blog! Wisconsin was threatened, but never lost the lead in the its conference opener, as Wisconsin's passing attack picked apart Michigan State's secondary. Scott Tolzien connects for four passing touchdowns and John Clay rushed for over 100 yards, giving UW a 38-30 victory.

Michigan State (1-3) vs. Wisconsin (4-0)

MADISON - Wisconsin turned a closely-predicted matchup into a blowout, as junior quarterback Scott Tolzien passed for over 235 yards and four touchdowns, three of which fell into the hands of senior tight end Garrett Graham, and the defense held its ground for the majority of the game, giving UW an eight-point victory.

The Wisconsin defense forced four turnovers (three picks, one fumble) that turned in 17 UW points.

The Badgers move to 4-0 on the season and send the reeling, over-hyped Michigan State team to their third straight defeat.

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Head Coach Bret Bielema

QB Scott Tolzien

S Chris Maragos

TE Garrett Graham

RB John Clay

WR Nick Toon

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

6 plays, 50 yards, 3:05 TOP, 1:22 left

Garrett Graham 15-yard catch from Scott Tolzien (Phil Welch kick)

Key Play: Wisconsin rolled the dice twice on misdirection and it payed off for the Badgers. On the first play of the drive, Scott Tolzien ran the naked bootleg and went untouched for 14 yards. A few plays later, Isaac Anderson ran the end around for 14 more yards, getting the Badgers down to the nine.

Second Quarter


9 plays, 64 yards, 3:10 TOP, 13:06 left

Mark Dell 14-yard catch from Kirk Cousins (Brett Swenson kick)

Key Play: Kirk Cousins responded well to his first turnover of the game, going 3-for-5 on the drive. His best pass was the TD pass to Dell, where he perfectly led his receiver to the back corner of the end zone and threw it where only Dell could catch it. Dell's catch was just as good, making the jumping catch and getting his foot down in bounds.

14-7 Wisconsin

8 plays, 70 yards, 4:05 TOP, 8:55 left

Graham 6-yard catch from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play: John Clay had a great juke/stiff arm move to break to the outside for an 18-yard gain down to the MSU 30. On third down, Tolzien hit Isaac Anderson in the flat, who turned the corner for a 16-yard gain.

21-7 Wisconsin

12 plays, 69 yards, 4:40 TOP, 2:57 left

John Clay 1-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: On another third-and-long, Tolzien connected with David Gilreath, who made a jumping catch and took a hit along the sideline, hauling in the 14-yard pass play to give UW a first down on the 32.

Second Half

Third Quarter

21-10 Wisconsin

6 plays, 19 yards, 2:18 TOP, 11:31 left

FG Swenson 28

Key Play: The fumbles continue for Wisconsin. Zach Brown coughs up the football on UW's 29, giving the ball to MSU in prime position.

24-10 Wisconsin

17 plays, 50 yards, 7:33 TOP, 3:51 left

FG Welch 41

Key Play: The number of plays says it all. Wisconsin nickled and dimed itself down the field, going 4-for-5 on third down.

24-17 Wisconsin

5 plays, 70 yards, 2:20 TOP, 1:25 left

B.J. Cunningham 20-yard pass from Cousins (Swenson kick)

Key Play: Despite getting flipped upside down on a solid hit by Chris Maragos, Cunningham makes a bobbling catch, securing the ball before it hit the turf for a great catch and a MSU touchdown.

Fourth Quarter

31-17 Wisconsin

4 plays, 68 yards, 1:22 TOP, 14:56 left

Nick Toon 19-yard pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play: After MSU had cut into the momentum of UW, Tolzien took it right back. On the first play of the drive, Tolzien connected with his favorite deep-threat target, hitting Isaac Anderson for a 45-yard gain down to the 23-yard line.

38-17 Wisconsin

3 plays, 32 yards, 1:27 TOP, 12:14 left

Graham 23-yard pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play: MSU's Glenn Winston's rush up the middle went nowhere and got even worse when he got the ball stripped. J.J. Watt recovered and gave UW prime field position at the MSU 32.

38-23 Wisconsin

4 plays, 62 yards, :40 TOP, 2:07 left

Keshawn Martin 15-yard pass from Keith Nichol (pass failed)

38-30 Wisconsin

1 plays, 91 yards, :12 TOP, :17 left

Keshawn Martin 91-yard pass from Keith Nichol (Swenson kick)

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