Wisconsin Vs. Michigan State: Hail Mary, Full Of State

It took a batted Hail Mary as Michigan State ended Wisconsin's national title hopes in perhaps the year's best game so far.

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Michigan State Vs. Wisconsin Final Score: Hail Mary Gives Sparty Thrilling Win

The undefeated Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan St. Spartans appeared to be headed to overtime, tied 31-31 after Russell Wilson and Montee Ball put together an 87-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes of regulation. But then Sparty. OOOOOOOH Sparty. Kirk Cousins struck Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis on a hail mary from midfield, which bounced into Keith Nichol's hands at the one, where a host of Badgers attempted to peel him from the end zone.

Via Ben Golliver

After a review, it was clear he'd crossed the line. Touchdown. 37-31, Michigan State. Let's react:

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So how'd we get in this fix, anyway?

Down by a score, the Badgers needed a Heisman-worthy drive from Wilson in order to knot the score up in the closing minutes. Wisconsin reached midfield thanks to two strong Ball runs and a Bradie Ewing catch, but a holding penalty altered the game plan. How about a 42-yard heave to a returning Nick Toon? Yep!

Abbrederis caught a sideline shot to force first and goal with just over a minute to go, then Wilson scampered and found Ball for the touchdown. It all looked kind of easy.

The Spartans attempted to retaliate, with Cousins at least converting a first down to ensure the Badgers wouldn't have a chance to kick a field goal before the fourth quarter ended. But a Cousins fumble, recovered by Sparty, severely limited their chances of driving for the winning score. MSU was able to reach midfield with nine seconds left, Cousins fired, and that's Big Ten history.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Michigan State blog The Only Colors. Here's this week's college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Wisconsin Vs. Michigan State Halftime Score: Sparty Leads, Badgers Fall Apart In Second Quarter

The first eight minutes of the massive Big Ten clash between the Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans was completely in favor of the visitors. UW started the game with an 80 yard touchdown drive, then forced a turnover and scored again. For the next 22 minutes, they failed to score and were thoroughly outplayed. The end results of their final four drives were an interception, a safety, a blocked field goal, and a blocked punt. All of that has led to some scoring for the Spartans, who lead 23-14 at halftime.

(For updated scores and discussion, head here.)

The punt block was the big back-breaker for the Badgers, as it came with 30 seconds remaining in the half and was returned for a touchdown. Russell Wilson, Montee Ball and James White have been productive, but the mistakes have been impossible to overcome. Additionally, Kirk Cousins is 8-10 passing, while the Spartans are averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

Wisconsin looked like the far superior team in the opening eight minutes, but they're lucky that they only gave up 23 points with all of their mistakes afterwards.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Michigan State blog The Only Colors. Here's this week's college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Wisconsin Vs. Michigan State Score: Badgers Score Two Touchdowns; Russell Wilson Picked On Third Drive

The Michigan State Spartans fans didn't have a whole lot to cheer about in the opening eight minutes of their game against the Wisconsin Badgers. UW got the ball first and drove down the field easily, going 80 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown via a Russell Wilson touchdown pass. Michigan State quickly turned the ball over and UW scored a second time with a Montee Ball run. In the first eight minutes, Wisconsin had 115 yards and was up by 14.

(For updated scores and discussion, head here.)

Michigan State's second drive didn't produce anything either, but they have some hope. Their highly rated defense has finally stepped up, picking off Wilson on Wisconsin's third drive. On the first play of their drive and the last play of the first quarter, Le'veon Bell rushed for 32 yards, getting the Spartans out to midfield. Momentum seems to be turning as the second quarter starts, but Sparty is in need of a score in this 14-0 game.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Michigan State blog The Only Colors. Here's this week's college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Wisconsin Vs. Michigan State Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And Notes

Russell Wilson and the No. 4 Badgers travel to East Lansing to take on the William Gholston-less No. 15 Michigan State Spartans.

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Wisconsin Vs. Michigan State: Preview And SB Nation Blogger Roundtable

We preview Saturday night's matchup between Wisconsin and Michigan State with members of Bucky's 5th Quarter and The Only Colors.

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William Gholston Suspended For Wisconsin Game By Big Ten

Michigan St. Spartans sophomore defensive end William Gholston has been suspended by the Big Ten for this weekend's game against the Wisconsin Badgers after violating the Big Ten Sportslike Conduct Agreement during last week's game against the Michigan Wolverines.

Gholston was flagged for a pair of personal foul penalties during the Spartans' 28-14 loss to the Wolverines, the second of which coming after Gholston punched Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan in the helmet. According to conference, Gholston violated the Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1, which includes "striking or attempting to strike or otherwise physically abusing an official, opposing coach, spectator or athlete."

Similar punishment has been handed down by the Big Ten in recent years, including a one-game suspension to former Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton (a 2011 second-round pick by the San Diego Chargers) for punching an opponent during a non-conference game against Notre Dame in 2009.

"I deeply regret momentarily losing my composure late in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against Michigan," Gholston said in a statement published on the school's official website. "Although provoked, my response was inappropriate. Coach (Mark) Dantonio regularly reminds us that actions have consequences, and I will be better prepared to handle these circumstances in the future. I look forward to my reinstatement."

A starter in all six games for the Spartans, Gholston has 20 tackles the season, including seven tackles for a loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks.

For more on the Spartans and reaction to the Gholston suspension, visit our Michigan State blog The Only Colors.

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