Boxscore
Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
Saturday, December 3, 2011 8:17 PM
Location - Lucas Oil Stadium
Attendance - 64152

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Michigan State 7 22 7 3 39
Wisconsin 21 0 7 14 42

Recap


Montee Ball scored four touchdowns and Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes as No. 12 Wisconsin came from behind to win the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game 42-39 over No. 9 Michigan State on Saturday.

The Badgers earn the Big Ten’s automatic BCS Bowl bid and will face Pac-12 champion Oregon in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2.

Wisconsin was down to fourth-and-6 from the Spartans’ 43-yard line with 5:20 left when Wilson scrambled away from the rush and threw across his body to the 7-yard line, where Jeff Duckworth beat a pair of defenders to come down with the ball.

Ball brought it into the end zone on the next play to give the Badgers back the lead. Wilson made a similar play to complete the two-point conversion and put Wisconsin on top 42-39 with 3:45 left.

It looked as though Michigan State would have a chance to win or tie, but the Spartans were called for a running-into-the-punter penalty with 1:37 left, allowing the Badgers to kneel out the clock.

Michigan State had battled back from an early 21-7 deficit, and took the lead on the play of the game. Kirk Cousins completed a pass to Keith Nichol, who was about to be brought down short of the goal line. Nichol turned and lateraled to B.J. Cunningham, who took it the extra 7 yards.

The Badgers got some revenge for earlier in the season, when the Spartans beat them on a Hail Mary pass with no time left.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:04
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 7 - Michigan State 0
1st Quarter - 6:44
Michigan State   TD  Wisconsin 7 - Michigan State 7
1st Quarter - 3:44
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 14 - Michigan State 7
1st Quarter - 3:12
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 21 - Michigan State 7
2nd Quarter - 14:55
Michigan State   TD  Wisconsin 21 - Michigan State 14
2nd Quarter - 10:21
Michigan State   TD  Wisconsin 21 - Michigan State 22
2nd Quarter - 3:26
Michigan State   TD  Wisconsin 21 - Michigan State 29
3rd Quarter - 9:13
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 28 - Michigan State 29
3rd Quarter - 1:41
Michigan State   TD  Wisconsin 28 - Michigan State 36
4th Quarter - 13:25
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 34 - Michigan State 36
4th Quarter - 8:28
Michigan State   FG  Wisconsin 34 - Michigan State 39
4th Quarter - 3:45
Wisconsin   TD  Wisconsin 42 - Michigan State 39
TEAMS

Team Records

  Michigan State Wisconsin
W/L 10 - 3 - 0 11 - 2 - 0
Conference 7 - 2 - 0 7 - 2 - 0

Team Stats

  Michigan State Wisconsin
Score 39 42
First Downs 23 16
3rd Down Efficiency 7-for-13
54%
6-for-14
43%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-1
100%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 471 345
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-190 37-126
Average/Rush 5.6 3.4
Passing
Comp-Att 22-30 18-25
Passing Yards 281 219
Average/Pass Play 9.4 7.8
Penalties-Yards 7-50 5-30
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 29:55 30:05

PLAYER STATS

Michigan State (10 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Cousins 22/30 281 3 1
Wisconsin (11 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Wilson 17/24 187 3 0
M. Ball 1/1 32 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 18 106 5.9 1
E. Baker 9 31 3.4 1
K. Martin 5 26 5.2 0
B. Cunningham 1 24 24.0 0
K. Cousins 1 3 3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
M. Ball 27 137 5.1 3
R. Wilson 7 -5 -0.7 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Cunningham 5 115 23.0 3
K. Martin 9 115 12.8 0
K. Nichol 4 39 9.8 0
L. Bell 3 11 3.7 0
B. Linthicum 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Abbrederis 3 65 21.7 1
J. Duckworth 3 53 17.7 1
N. Toon 3 34 11.3 0
R. Wilson 2 31 15.5 0
B. Ewing 3 16 5.3 0
J. Pedersen 1 13 13.0 0
M. Ball 3 7 2.3 1
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