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 Conroyâ€™s 34-yard field goal to account for the scoring.
The Spartansâ€™ offensive struggles proved costly when they couldnâ€™t capitalize after a blocked punt by Marcus Rush that was recovered by Isaiah Lewis at the Wisconsin 11-yard line. MSUâ€™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 MSUâ€™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.
Leâ€™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.