MSU picks up big win at Camp Randall

Bennie Fowler and Andrew Maxwell hooked up for a game-winning catch for the second time this season, helping the Spartans earn a 16-13 win in overtime over Wisconsin on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.

This win was a much needed one for MSU (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) and came as a relief after coming up on the other side of the scoreboard in close games the past two weeks.

“In the past. We’ve been close, we’ve been a play here a play there and we just need to come up with those plays,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said. “Somehow, some way at the end of this game, we came up with the plays and it wasn’t just one guy, it wasn’t just the touchdown throw at the end of the game, it was a number of people making plays offensively, defensively, throughout that last five, six minutes of the game.”

Here are some notes.

MSU had two offensive touchdowns in the same game for the first time since Oct 6, against Indiana. That was the game when Fowler caught the go-ahead TD in the fourth quarter.

- With the win, MSU ended Wisconsin’s 21-game home win streak. It also ended a streak of 12 straight Big Ten home wins for the Badgers.

- MSU’s defense had 12 tackles for loss, which included five sacks (2 by Max Bullough, 1 each by Taiwan Jones, Will Gholston and Kyler Elsworth). The Spartans had just six sacks through their first eight games.

- Bullough led MSU’s defense with nine tackles. He has a team-high 77 for the Spartans and has registered at least nine tackles in MSU’s last six games. Saturday marked the fourth time he’s led the team in tackles this season.

- Wisconsin was held to 19 total rushing yards. Montee Ball was limited to 46 yards on 22 carries and James White had seven carries for 16 yards.

- Aaron Burbridge, who had been MSU’s top receiver the last three weeks, was held without a catch.

- Taiwan Jones made his second career start and had seven tackles, including five in the first quarter.

- Le’Veon Bell surpassed the 1,000 yard mark rushing for the season. He needed just 16 yards coming into to reach 1,000 and finished with 77 yards on 21 carries. He has 1,061 yards this season. Bell also had his first career TD reception

- Dan Conroy made his lone field goal attempt, giving him 16 on the season. It was the 48th of his career


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80 Responses to MSU picks up big win at Camp Randall

  1. avatar matt dc says:

    Go green

  2. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Not going to see it here, but Coach Treadwell picked up his first win over a ranked team, Miami beat #23 Ohio University (same team that knock the Bruce Jenner’s out of the Dance last March)

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:


      USMCret once again bails out LSJ with breaking news scoop

      USMCret refuses to point fingers at LSJ journalists while bailing them out again.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      It’s just been reported that–despite the loss–Ohio has more AP votes [4] than UM [2]. As Neo would say: “Whoa.”

  3. avatar MSUBeachwalker says:

    Have caught my breath, my heart has stopped jumping—-the elation & relief are still huge!! ( Nice to wake up this morning & know it was not a wishful-thinking dream!)

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Just between you, me and the wall – if Stave is out past the IU game in 2 weeks, then Whiskey finishes 1-2.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      From what I saw, not sure if it matters whether they have Stave or not.

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        You’re kidding, right? The freshman had almost 12 yards per pass attempt and didn’t lose nearly as many yards as O’Brien when he was sacked. If Stave had been healthy the entire game, overtime would’ve been out of reach for MSU. I’m glad MSU never has to see him again without a Rose Bowl in the balance.

        • avatar GoSt8Go says:

          Not kidding. Yes, O’Brien missed on passes. Remember that Wisconsin scored on a busted coverage play that netted 30 of those yards included in your stat. You can believe Stave would have made a difference if you want to but no stats will support that, nor can I disclaim it. I just don’t think it makes a difference based upon what I saw when watching bot QB’s.

          • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

            Fair enough. But I find it hard to ignore other completions of 25, 24, 18, and 12 yards. It’s possible that halftime adjustments made the D invulnerable–but I think it’s more likely that, with Stave in the game, UW makes run/pass combinations after the MSU fumble that overcome their anomalous penalties and makes it 14-3 [14-10 final].

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Coulda, shoulda, woulda is of little import when they actually play the games. If Whiskey and Bruce Jenner are without their starting QB’s for any length of time, their paths to Indy just got tougher.

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      Stave broke his clavicle and is done for the season… maybe a bowl game return.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      wiskey is gonna be 7-5

  5. avatar The Tanner says:

    Conboy make winner baby !!!

    Blog baby Blog !!!

    Wiscy streak stopped baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the goods baby!!!

  6. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Love this. It sums up my whole perspective on the media “cooing” over the gulos. Nice to see someone not cave in to their sports editor for a change.


    “I’m just not seeing this whole Michigan thing. Nebraska, 30-17.”

  7. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Hey Brian!

    When was the last time UW lost its Homecoming Game?

  8. avatar AtlSpartan says:

    After a two week depression, I woke up in a better mood this morning.

    It takes great coaching to get a team that had faced the adversity of the back to back close losses ready to play. Dantonio is a great coach.

  9. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    this is great..penn state and u-scum lose and the excuses begin..the allentown paper has a whole article on how the refs screwed penn state. i will now send them a hate e-mail..looks like notre dame is destined..got no problem with them..i think they can beat saban..

  10. avatar hammer says:

    Very nice to see Maxwell actually run the ball once with great result,
    instead of just throwing away or falling down.

  11. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Dantonio has this program on track , next year double digit wins return, no question he will never let a team quit on him, 09 and the bowl should have proved that but this cements it, a great coach.

    Does anyone know if we got the 3:30 start time with Nebraska?

  12. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Geez folks, where did all the Bruce Jenner trolls go? Desmond Howard, “the Coward” (Vanilla Ice) sure didn’t stay long. Markie Mark is back cleaning the latrines and even JLS is quiet. I’m sure I missed somebody, sorry.

    • avatar Vanilla Ice says:

      Sorry old man, we’re about to get hit with the Frankenstorm and had better things to do all day than waste time restating the obvious. Maxwell had one good drive, and Wisconsin was without it’s starting QB, you can think the corner has been turned by this win, but I still think that the debacle where we couldn’t score off the botched punt defines this season. Hoke got UM a BCS bid in his first year, Meyer restored OSU in a year and would be the Rose Bowl Favorite if it weren’t for the sanctions, Kelly has Notre Dame in contention for a National Championship in his third year. By contrast, MSU under Dantonio has not even sniffed a BCS bowl despite having tremendous talent. Keep propping up the current regime, the rest of the Big 1G thank you.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        Old man? well little Vanilla as I’ve said more than once, I’m presently living at the top of the Maslow Pyramid and have been for quit some time. How are you an that 2nd banana Crissie Fowler (sounds like he constantly messes in his pants) doing with that? You just keep striving to catch up with me Howard “the Coward”. (good think you played for the Bruce Jenner’s because YELLOW is your color)

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        I’d take Coach Dantonio over the Criminal Recruiter, somebody who swears at his players on a national stage, or somebody who is still living in the past, as you said LAST year Paris Hilton went to the lowest rated bcs Bowl in the history of those events. How they gonna get there this year, the media will absolutely forget about your beloved teal and yellow without Dreadlocks and in the future, next year, with that poor kid at qb, fagetaboutit.

      • avatar MGoBlow says:

        Posting on an MSU sports blog must make U feel better about being the mandated hire on College Game Day. Would U have gotten the job if their had been any real competition – I guess U’ll never know – so keep posting here little man – we find it cute like your man purses.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Yup, 12 years old, doesn’t even know there is a Maslow Pyramid.

      • avatar behind the green curtain says:

        You dumb jarhead the pyramids are in Egypt there ain’t no country called Maslow , I climbed Kileemenjaro and I am smart enough to know their ain’t no country called Maslow

        Stupid Sparty

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Try reading a book, you rube. I know from the way your child turned out, that although you should be interested in Maslow’s work, you are so ignorant that you think a chaw, a smile, and yarn should be enough to mature into REAL human beings. As usual, you are WRONG.

  13. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Sara Kroll wins the B1G Ten Conference Cross Country Meet

    Women finish 2nd Men 7th.

  14. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    It’s so fun to trash so called stars like Desmond Howard and Chris Fowler, 2 of the worst talking heads currently seen on TV. Even Snooki is more interesting than either of them.

  15. avatar Spartan81 says:

    Go Tigers

    Maximum effort get it to Verlander Max

  16. avatar Brent says:

    Opening up the offense into a spread formation and playing hurry-up paid big dividends.

    It was great to see Maxwell win the game with his completion to newly resurgent Bennie Fowler.

    Does anyone know if the closely guarded secret will come out that Coach Dantonio took over the offensive play-calling duties? It had a completely new aspect, a new feel to it.

    My concern is that we revert back to vanilla. If so, Nebraska likely wins next week. If we continue passing to set up a running game–the only thing we can do with a mediocre offensive line going against a good run-stopping defense–then we have a better than 50-50 chance of winning Saturday. Playing aggressively on offense like we saw at the end of the Wisky game, we have to like our chances.

    Go Spartans! Great win for Dantonio and Maxwell. The season’s not over yet. Who’d have thought that?

    • avatar Spartan81 says:

      We have to be agressive from the start against Nebraska, Dantonio will never publicly say other than he tells Roushar what he wants to do.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        The best sign of an ignorant man is on who reverts to crass remarks (obscenity) as defense against the truth or in a verbal back and forth.

        • avatar behind the green curtain says:

          Fire Dan Roushar!

          Help move the Michigan State football team FORWARD! Fire Dan Roushar now!

          Two steps you can help:

          STEP #1: Sign the petition to fire Michigan State’s Offensive Coordinator Dan Roushar!

          STEP #2: Send us Roushar’s finest called plays! Email us the YouTube clip, and we will post “The Roushar Hall of Fame Plays”

          fellow Spartan fans want Dan Roushar fired!

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            John L Smith, the lowest of the bacteria in pig sty, pushing for another man’s job. Coach Dantonio would never hire you anyway. Just let me know when you want the cardboard guys name. Did you google Maslow yet? I’m trying to save your life here, bunkie.

          • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

            you would think after John LLLLL lost at home to a horrible ole miss team he would be sending out resumes instead of sticking around here….

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Agree with you there , nice home run by Carbrera wind aided but we will take whatever help we can get to get to Verlander, replay of the finsish on BTN as well of the game yesterday.

  17. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Really so sad that people like John L, Howard the Coward, and Chrissie who poops his own pants are juvenile enough to get joy and satisfaction from besmirching good men who’s only crime is succeeding where they all failed. On the 4 letter network the only 2 who are sure of themselves and confident in their own skins as the commercial says don’t do this kind of immature taunting. The other children at btn have been toilet trained through monitory withdrawal, but now pay a serf to do their bidding (so somebody benefits which is fine, I like to take their money and give it to others). The only thing they don’t get is I feel like I’m taking candy from a 2 year old every time they come back at me because my cause is just and theirs is so so weak. It’s like the old adage never bring a knife to a gun fight, well they can onlky bring a cork pistol to a tank fight and my tank is in defilade.

  18. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    Pasadena Watch! An MSU-Fan Guide to Current Enemies of Enemies

    In celebration of MSU not being mathematically eliminated from 2012 Legends Divisional representation, I offer a partial primer on upcoming outcomes for the superstitious to cheer for.

    One estimate of MSU’s chances of defending its Title and winning Co-Champ tiebreakers is ~500 to one against. To begin with, MSU cannot lose another game—and while MSU opened as a favorite against UNL in casinos tonight, the Huskers do have the inside track to Indianapolis for now. Furthermore, Northwestern (NU) is 7-2; and even Minnesota has a shot at Indy—with a currently better record than the Spartans [5-3] to boot.

    Despite a tight race among six teams, the situation for MSU fans is simplified somewhat in that the best-case scenarios for NU and MN amount to elimination games when they meet the Spartans; it actually helps MSU for these competitors to win their non-MSU games.

    But unlike those teams, UNL can still eliminate MSU by winning its other three games [PSU; MN; Iowa] even if MSU beats UNL this week. Furthermore, scenarios are complicated by upcoming games between teams that have an edge on MSU; since one has to win, MSU’s chances may be in doubt until the last moment. (True not only for Indy, but even for the Gator or Insight Bowls, despite being 8-4.)

    Bad Magic Numbers: {I’m ignoring situations where the tiebreakers resort to BCS Standings [or subsequent tiebreakers—it may be none of these teams make the 11/25/2012 Standings.]} If UM wins two more games, MSU will be eliminated. If Iowa (or UNL) wins three more games, MSU will be eliminated.

    I’m not checking all 4,096 possible outcomes, but I have looked at the next two weeks—

    This week: Besides MSU over UNL, root for MN to beat UM; and for Indiana to beat Iowa.

    Next week: MSU finally gets its bye. Spartans fans should root for PSU to beat UNL; for Purdue over Iowa; and for NU over UM.

    If UM and Iowa both have four B1G wins after these games, then MSU will be eliminated.

    Assuming every team has a 50/50 chance of winning any given game, the probability of MSU being eliminated by November 11 is 78%.

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      Wow. Nice work. For any of that to happen; MSU must have the highest pass efficiency rating, best yards per carry, lowest runs against and pass defense rating, highest 3rd down conversion ratio, best turnover margin, largest time of possession ratio and most accurate fG % and best inside the 20 punt ratio … while every starting QB succumbs to nagging injury, negative turnovers soar, offensive production dies and the coaching staffs among those capable of eliminating MSU go on leave.

      Now, if only I could recall the name of that Statistics prof… maybe another pint and I’ll remember.

    • avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

      Soooooo, you’re sayin’ there’s a chance!!

      Go Green!!

  19. avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

    MSU is favored by 1 vs Neb, I know we are at home, but wow. I guess Vegas just wants to get the betters to bet.

  20. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    While certainly not happy the Tigers went down in four, feeling good about the Spartans and the streak they snapped at Camp-Randall. While I can see the offense coming around, it seems assured that every remaining game will be a close one.

    • avatar MGoBlow says:

      “it seems every remaining game will be a close one.” U mean like ’til MD retires! I love the sarcasm. Deja vu – all over again. . .

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      No I am pretty sure GoSt8 go just means the remaining games this year. Maxwell will be putting 30 on the board every week and we will be blowing teams out again in 2013.

  21. avatar mysondave says:

    They took off the chains in the fourth quarter and Maxwell and his receivers came through. It was a pleasant surprise to see us get away from 2+ yards a crack through the tackles. Also, the defense , IMHO, played their finest game with constant pursuit of QB and gang tackling everyone else. Where have you been? In any case, I wouldn’t want to play MSU now. The rest of the season should be fun starting next Saturday with the Huskers. Go Green.

  22. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    The QB for Whiskey is done for the season, so it’s back to the turnover machine for them. Can you say Ball/White for 60 carries a game? Not sure their O line is good enough to block 11 in the box, but maybe the barge package every play – that certainly proved to be a non starter against the Spartans.

    Dreadlocks had the same injury against Ill-i-Quiet, evidentially it’s one of those things that gets worse the more it happens (hit your funny bone, wait a minute and then hit it again, you’ll wait more than a minute before you want to do it again) I’d say they are looking for some armor to protect it.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      MSU basically checked into a blitz every time the barge lined up. That could work for OSU & PSU, but not so much for the Hoosiers with UW coming off a bye week (and IU tangling with Iowa this week). For the moment it looks like the Badgers get to Indianapolis at 7-5. (And to Not-Pasadena at 7-6.)

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Yes I say the Badgers at 7-6 less attractive than a 7-5 or certainly 8-4 MSU for a Florida Bowl Bid. is there a floor which the loser of the game in Indy is protected from falling guys or could the Badgers fall completely out of Florida?

      • avatar GoSt8Go says:

        That’s not really a blitz. Running that type of formation it’s pretty clear that a pass is not in the cards. MSU chose to bring penetration to disrupt the RB before the formation could get too far downhill.

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Hoping that our students don’t sell their tickets, I do not want to see a sea of Red in that end zone Saturday. Cobs have Ten Thousand or so try this on the road and it shows on television where the support is lacking, We need to man up and hold onto our tickets.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          It’s why student body right became passe`. Athletes could attack the ball carrier from behind while he waited for his lumbering hogs to mow everyone else down. It’s why it does work at ‘Bama where the lumbering hogs are as fast as most running backs.

  23. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Hey Cracker, if Spartans are going to visit me, where is Western Michigan gonna go bowling? (and see buddy boy I can say that because I got my 1st Masters from there) So, you wanna make a wagger? Spartans actually come to Jax and I’ll stop picking on you, they go elsewhere and you resign, never to write another article about the Spartans.

    • avatar behind the green curtain says:

      You show no respect for Graham Couch son, Couch is a breath of fresh air, he understands its all about Ann Arbor and Columbus son. Couch is going to end up on BTN some day son, Silverman likes his style.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        No he doesn’t and no he won’t. Cracker is bribable. So we have already decided what he is, now we’ll just negotiate the price. Not sure the btn would want somebody who thinks the QB at Western is better than the winningest qb in MSU history. That’s just stupid.

  24. avatar behind the green curtain says:

    Mark Silverman Interview with Jonathan Smith on 97.1 The Fan …

    ► 7:34► 7:34 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaXbUDK3s_8

  25. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    JLS is such a petard

    • avatar behind the green curtain says:

      Quit using big fancy words that no one understands, so is the country if petard on the border of the fictional land of Maslow? This is a sports blog not a show and tell for your fancy book learning son.

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