Michigan State finds itself down just 7-3 at the halftime but came away empty handed after starting a drive in the red zone as its offensive struggles continued.
It marks the fifth time this season the Spartans have been held without a touchdown in the opening half.
Tight end Jacob Pedersen had a 31-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead over the Spartans. MSU responded on the ensuing drive with Dan Conroy’s 34-yard field goal to account for the scoring.
The Spartans’ offensive struggles proved costly when they couldn’t capitalize after a blocked punt by Marcus Rush that was recovered by Isaiah Lewis at the Wisconsin 11-yard line. MSU’s drive went backwards, derailed by a holding penalty and Andrew Maxwell being sacked. The Spartans were forced to punt after losing 23 yards on the drive.
Maxwell nearly lost a fumble on MSU’s first possession but Chris McDonald recovered at the 19-yard line. Bennie Fowler fumbled after making a catch at a 21 but it rolled out of bounds as the Spartans avoided a costly turnover.
Le’Veon Bell has 30 rushing yards on nine carries and surpassed the 1,000 mark for the season.
The Spartans have limited Wisconsin tailbacks Montee Ball and James White to a combined 23 yards on 12 carries. Stave is 9 of 11 passing for 127 yards for the Badgers.