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