Boxscore
Michigan State 37, Wisconsin 31
Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:00 PM
Location - Spartan Stadium
Attendance - 76405

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Wisconsin 14 0 3 14 31
Michigan State 0 23 0 14 37

Recap


Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol connected on a 44-yard Hail Mary pass with no time left to give No. 15 Michigan State a 37-31 home victory over No. 4 Wisconsin on Saturday night.

Down to the last play and facing overtime, the Spartans called a time out and dialed up a play called “rocket.” Cousins dropped back and heaved the ball into traffic, where it was tipped up out of the end zone and caught just short of the goal line by Nichol.

Nichol battled for the extra yard, and the play was called a touchdown after an official review.

Cousins finished with three touchdown passes as Michigan State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) dropped an undefeated Wisconsin (6-1, 2-1) squad for the second year in a row.

The Spartans fell into a hole in the first quarter but jumped right back into the game in the second. They got on the board with a safety and totaled 23 unanswered points in the quarter.

Cousins gave Michigan State the lead with a 35-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham with 1:20 left in the half but the turning point came less than a minute later. The Spartans forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession and blocked the punt, collecting it in the end zone for a touchdown and a 23-14 lead at the break.

Wisconsin battled back from 31-17 down to tie it in the fourth quarter, knotting it with 1:26 left.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 8:48
Wisconsin   TD  Michigan State 0 - Wisconsin 7
1st Quarter - 7:42
Wisconsin   TD  Michigan State 0 - Wisconsin 14
2nd Quarter - 13:10
Michigan State   S  Michigan State 2 - Wisconsin 14
2nd Quarter - 11:22
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 9 - Wisconsin 14
2nd Quarter - 1:20
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 16 - Wisconsin 14
2nd Quarter - 0:37
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 23 - Wisconsin 14
3rd Quarter - 8:29
Wisconsin   FG  Michigan State 23 - Wisconsin 17
4th Quarter - 10:58
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 31 - Wisconsin 17
4th Quarter - 8:10
Wisconsin   TD  Michigan State 31 - Wisconsin 24
4th Quarter - 1:26
Wisconsin   TD  Michigan State 31 - Wisconsin 31
4th Quarter - 0:00
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 37 - Wisconsin 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Wisconsin Michigan State
W/L 6 - 1 - 0 6 - 1 - 0
Conference 2 - 1 - 0 3 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Wisconsin Michigan State
Score 31 37
First Downs 23 18
3rd Down Efficiency 4-for-9
44%
8-for-16
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 443 399
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 41-220 32-109
Average/Rush 5.4 3.4
Passing
Comp-Att 14-21 22-31
Passing Yards 223 290
Average/Pass Play 9.3 8.3
Penalties-Yards 6-40 0-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Time of Possession 28:29 31:31

PLAYER STATS

Wisconsin (6 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Wilson 14/21 223 2 2
Michigan State (6 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Cousins 22/31 290 3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Ball 18 115 6.4 1
J. White 11 42 3.8 0
J. Abbrederis 4 33 8.2 0
R. Wilson 8 30 3.8 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 16 87 5.4 0
K. Martin 1 34 34.0 1
E. Baker 11 15 1.4 0
K. Cousins 4 -27 -6.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Abbrederis 6 91 15.2 0
N. Toon 2 58 29.0 0
M. Ball 2 24 12.0 1
J. Pedersen 2 23 11.5 1
B. Ewing 1 15 15.0 0
J. White 1 12 12.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Cunningham 6 102 17.0 1
B. Linthicum 3 58 19.3 0
K. Nichol 1 44 44.0 1
K. Martin 5 41 8.2 1
L. Bell 4 27 6.8 0
D. Sims 2 12 6.0 0
L. Caper 1 6 6.0 0
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