The rivalry between the Wisconsin football team and Michigan State produced two thrilling games in 2011. The 2012 version needed overtime as the Badgers (3-2 Big Ten / 6-3 overall) fell to the Spartans (2-3 / 5-4) at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday, 16-13. Michigan State’s touchdown and extra point with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter tied the game at ten. After Kyle French’s 43-yard field goal on the Badgers first possession of overtime, Andrew Maxwell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Bennie Fowler to give the Spartans the win. It was a disappointing afternoon for head coach Bret Bielema and Wisconsin…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/BIELEMA12.mp3|titles=BIELEMA1]
Wisconsin had to play most of the second half without quarterback Joel Stave. He left with a shoulder injury and according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stave broke his collarbone and is lost for the rest of the season. Coach Bielema thought that Stave had played well prior to the injury…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/BIELEMA21.mp3|titles=BIELEMA2]
Danny O’Brien entered and completed 5 of 11 passes for 44 yards and was sacked three times. The Badgers backup quarterback felt that he was ready…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/OBRIEN1.mp3|titles=OBRIEN1]
Wisconsin’s lone touchdown of the game came on 31-yard pass from Stave to Jacob Pedersen early in the second quarter. Pedersen said Michigan State earned the win by making plays late…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/PEDERSEN1.mp3|titles=PEDERSEN1]
Wisconsin is off until November 1oth when they play at Indiana.
Saturday’s loss at Camp Randall Stadium, ends the Badgers home winning streak at 21 games. Its Wisconsin’s first loss in Madison since falling to Iowa in October of 2009.
Wisconsin has now lost three of their last four against Michigan State.