Game Recap: Answering Adversity

Please follow along with Badger Nation for our exclusive game blog! Wisconsin's offense found its groove in the second half, out scoring the Michigan Wolverines 24-3, leading to a dominant 45-24 victory, headlined by junior Scott Tolzien tying a career high with four touchdown passes.

MADISON - This time around, there were no late-game heroics, no titanic comeback and no extra chances. On Wisconsin's Senior Day, the Badgers flexed their muscles in a big-time way, showing that the better team usually wins.

Wisconsin junior quarterback Scott Tolzien shakes off early miscues to throw for over 250 yards, four touchdowns, tying a career high, and running for another in UW's 45-24 dismantling of Michigan.

John Clay ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown, giving the Badgers a 1,000-yard rusher for the fifth straight season, and wide receiver Nick Toon grabs two touchdown passes, his first career multi-score game.

Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) close out the home season with a 6-1 record, and surpass last season's win total with two scheduled games remaining.

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Head Coach Bret Bielema

DE O'Brien Schofield

TE Garrett Graham

QB Scott Tolzien

RB John Clay

TE Mickey Turner

DE J.J. Watt

WR Nick Toon

LG John Moffitt

No.21 Wisconsin (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) vs. Michigan (5-5, 1-5 Big Ten

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 Wisconsin

5 plays, 80 yards, 2:07 TOP, 11:14 left

Garrett Graham 22-yard pass from Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch kick)

Key Play: UW didn't waste anytime moving the ball on its first drive. On a play-action pass, Tolzien hit a wide-open Isaac Anderson in the middle of the field for a 27-yard gain. Coupled with a roughing the passer penalty, the Badgers had a first down on the Michigan 38.


11 plays, 74 yards, 4:57 TOP, 6:41 left

Vincent Smith 21-yard pass from Tate Forcier (Jason Olesnavage kick)

Key Play: UW was in good shape after senior Jeff Stehle recorded back-to-back TFLs, setting up a 3rd-and-24. But UW's bad pass defense allowed Roy Roundtree to be open on the sideline for a 26-yard gain, setting up UM on the UW 23.

Second Quarter

10-7 Michigan

4 plays, 6 yards, :46 TOP, 14:16 left

FG Jason Olesnavage 37

Key Play: Backed up after a blocked field goal attempt, Tolzien threw an attempted pass into heavy traffic and was picked off, giving Michigan prime starting territory.

14-10 Wisconsin

14 plays, 75 yards, 5:42 TOP, 8:29 left

Nick Toon 8-yard pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play: UW was forced to punt on 4th-and-20, but a roughing the kicker penalty on Brandon Smith gave UW a bonus 15 yards and an automatic first down on the Michigan 30.

17-14 Michigan

1 play, 75 yards, :04 TOP, 3:46 left

Ryan Van Bergen 14-yard fumble return (Olesnavage kick)

Key Play: A collapsing pocket and Tolzien holding on to the ball a touch too long caused the junior to get hit from behind, fumble the football and allow Michigan to scoop and score.

21-17 Wisconsin

6 plays, 74 yards, 2:31 TOP, 1:09 left

John Clay 1-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: After the fumble, Tolzien wasted little time making up for his flub. He completed a 35-yard gain to a streaking Nick Toon down the UW sideline and then hit Graham for a 23-yard strike, getting UW set on Michigan's 2.

Second Half

Third Quarter

28-17 Wisconsin

10 plays, 80 yards, 4:57 TOP, 10:03 left

Toon 15-yard pass from Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play: Becoming the sixth sophomore in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards, Clay kept his total going, finding a hole on the left side of the line for a 21-yard gain down the Michigan sideline, the longest run of the afternoon, getting UW to the 44.

28-24 Wisconsin

8 plays, 60 yards, 2:59 TOP, 6:59 left

Roundtree 10-yard pass from Forcier (Olesnavage kick)

Key Play: Deciding to gamble on fourth-and-9, Forcier completed a 14-yard pass to Junior Hemingway for a first down on the UW 20. For the game, UW has allowed Michigan to go 6-of-12 on third down.

35-24 Wisconsin

8 plays, 66 yards, 4:42 TOP, 2:08 left

Lance Kendricks 7-yard pass Tolzien (Welch kick)

Key Play: A huge hole on the left side of the line allowed John Clay to scamper 33 yards on first-and-20, getting UW into Michigan territory at the 43.

Fourth Quarter

42-24 Wisconsin

10 plays, 60 yards, 4:55 TOP, 11:00 left

Tolzien 1-yard run (Welch kick)

Key Play: John Clay continues to pound the football against Michigan. Clay is well over 100 yards and started the fourth quarter with a bang, going 13 yards to get UW inside the 40.

45-24 Wisconsin

15 plays, 60 yards, 8:01 TOP, 1:43 left

FG Phil Welch 28

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