UW Badgers vs MSU Spartans Live Blog
Badger Score 31 Spartans 37TV: ABC, Time 7:00 CT
We will be doing a live blog for this prime time matchup for the Badgers vs the Spartans in East Lancing so make sure to come back and follow the game with us and add some comments.
Badgers 1st Drive
The Badgers recieve the kick and start from the 15.
Monte Ball gets a good gain on the first play of the game 8 yards.
Ball picks up the first down with another solid 4 yards.
Ball gashes for 6 more yards.
James White gives Ball a briether and picks up 3 going up the middle.
Wilson back to pass and hits Pederson at the sideline for what looks like 20 yards, not the worlds most perfect pass but not bad considering his first throw.
The Badgers on the move hear pretty well, the run is working and the pass was open.
Timeout Badgers after they let the clock down to 4 seconds and didn't like what they had.
Ball after some trickery goes up the middle and finds daylight for 7 yards, not touched until 3 yards.
Badgers just pounding.
Play action fake, not really great but Toon open over the middle and he is hit with a dart for 15. Almost a TD going away.
Ball with great running to the sideline waiting for his block. Ball for 7 yards.
Badgers pick up a terrible false start penalty in the red zone, Ricky Wagnor guilty.
Here we go we are the best in the red zone but we need this.
Ball up the middle for 6. Probably should have passed with the whole MSU team looking run.
Wilson goes back waits for it and Pederson is wide freaking open in the end zone TD.
What a march, and the crowd and MSU has something to thing about as the Badgers abused them.
(that was a big time statement drive right there, there was not a single play on that drive that we believe was 11 plays where MSU can say they did something to stop the Badgers, they got mauled little a high school team early) That drive took 6 minutes plus.
Badgers score 7 MSU 0
MSU 1st drive
Spartans to recieve lets see how they respond. The Spartans take it out to the 25 after the bouncing kick down to the 2.
Spartans fumble on the first carry running wide. Taylor puts the helmet on the ball and Cromartie recovers.
Play under review because Cromartie flew from being out of bounds. This could be huge. Ruling on the field stands.
Badgers 2nd drive
Badgers are starting with great field position for their second drive.
Badgers on the MSU 30, Ball picks up 5 running wide right. They give him 3.
Wilson on a cheap play action and Wilson hits Abraderris on the slant left for 15.
Ball slices and dices and just like that the Spartans are stairing into a crater.
(well the Badgers sent a different message this time they decided to score quickly going run, pass, run to score in about a minute. Why not the defense didn't get to winded on the Spartans last 1 play possession.)
Badgers score 14 MSU 0
Spartans 2nd Drive
Spartans back to receive and lets not hope for a big return that can get MSU back into this game. Badgers have the Spartans on the ropes in the first round and you have to think are going to be dialing up haymakers to end it early. Kick to the middle of the field and nice open field tackle before the 20.
Time of possesion Badgers 7+ and Spartans 15 seconds.
Cousins back to pass and hits on the sideline for 13 yards.
Cousins goes play action and he gets sacked after the coverage didn't bite.
2nd and 17, throw over the middle to Cunningham and they pick up the first down. That was a good looking play.
Spartans on their 45. Baker running wide and finds no daylight. Borland on the tackle.
Baker stutters in the backfield after not finding the whole and Borland blows that puppy up in the backfield.
Third and long 14, Spartans pass well short of first down and the Spartans will be punting.
A mini victory as the Spartans did help themselves on field position.
Badgers 3rd Drive
Abbrederis lets the ball bounce and it takes a Badger hop to the 23.
3:39 left in the first and lets see if we can't 21 in the first quarter.
White almost looks like he might find the house but is found for only a 14 yard run on first down.
White explodes up the middle for maybe 5 or 6, good burst there through the crease.
White doesn't find his whole and only gets half a yard and that forces a pass here on third and four.
Badgers run the draw play to Ball with extra defensive backs in the game. Ball gets his first down.
Badgers at the 50.
White is finally met in the backfield, so lets see what we do now.
It sails on Wilson and he gets picked off for the second time this season. Toon didn't adjust to the route.
Toon is the one who gets the talking to on the sideline. Well that was pretty unfortunate, if that play goes well the Badgers are in the red zone. By the way Wilson sprinted down field and made the tackle on the pick.
Spartans 3rd Drive
Spartans run the toss play and get 32 yards and all of a sudden they have some momentum.
Spartans on the 45 and the toss play gets another 5 or so as that play is working.
Spartans going towards the pylon and cromartie nice play on the under thrown ball. The Badgers bring 2 linebackers on the blitz and don't get home.
Big third down. Badgers bring pressure again and they might have gotten there just quick enough to blow that play up. Spartans punting.
Badgers 4th Drive
Badgers are going to start at the 5 after a nice punt and the Spartans win the field position battle.
We have a prediction for the next series for you, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball repeat.
Spartans stuff Ball in the backfield and that was almost a safety, Olgesby is burned.
Wilson on play action had to throw it away. They call intentional grounding and that is a safety.
crap. You give up the 2 and now the Spartans are probably going to get good field position as well. That was a mistake by Wilson on that one. There was nobody on the side of the field Wilson through to and you have to wonder what he was thinking.
Badgers score 14 Spartans 2
Badgers kick from the 20 and really some nice pursuit means the Spartans will be starting at their 27.
Baker back into the game.
Spartans complete a pass on the slant for 9 yards. Nice hands on the throw behing Cunningham.
Baker runs for the first down beyond their 40 now.
Badgers could use a stop hear.
Badgers leave the tight end all alone up the middle and the Spartans get a big gainer.
Spartans all the way down to the Badgers 35.
Spartans score on a double end a round and the Spartans are back in this game.
The Badgers almost cought them deep on the double reverse but when it didn't happen he had a pretty clean lane.
Badgers scroe 14 Spartans 9
Badgers 5th Drive
Badgers need a scoring drive right here as the Spartans have quickly built up a lot of momentum.
You have to wonder what might have happened if not for the pick if the Badgers could have gone up a quick 21 but now they have kept the Spartans in this game.
White takes the kick out to the 30.
Wilson on the keeper to the 45 and that might have been a nice little play call to get a positive play after a few stinkers.
Ball going right middle and goes through a small crease for 4 or so.
Badgers get called for a false start on Toon and he is having a rough day, wow what a mistake from a senior and now the Badgers have 2nd and 11. To many mistakes now in this game for the Badgers.
Wilson keeps it again and is one blocker to short and he only gets 5 so 3rd and 6 now.
Badgers at the 50. Wilson with all day and a nice thow to the outside to Abrederris for just past the marker.
Badgers with a quick end a round and that happened very quickly to Abrederris for 21 yards. Nice looking full speed play.
Badgers knocking on the door now just outside the 20.
Wilson gets pressure and has to step up for just a few yard gain. Perimeter pressure on that one. Ball misses the block.
Ball nice run up the middle for call it 7. Ball appears a little hurt as he falls back down after getting up. There should have been a face mask called on a cheap shot after the play by MSU, they are a garbage team.
White running wide and he can't get the first down.
Welch in to kick a thirty yard field goal and it is blocked. Badgers are going to need some things to start going right. A bad hold there.
Spartans 5th Drive
Badgers need a bid stop on this drive as the offense has been sputtering.
Spartans pick up 4 yards on first.
Another toss to the right, and the Badgers stuff that one.
Big third and 4. All day to throw and they get 5 for the first down.
Spartans get a guy wide open, the tight end again and that it a big gain for 25 plus.
Spartans going wide again for 3 or 4 yards.
Badgers really need a quick stop to get the ball back again this half.
Spartans get really close to a first down as they pick up 4.
Spartans try the toss play outside and they lost yardage.
Spartans are going to go for it on fourth and 2.
All day to throw and it goes over the middle and the Spartans are in the lead now.
Badgers score 14 Spartans 16
Badgers 6th Drive
Abrederiss takes the kick to the 30 and the Badgers could use some positive plays after a horrible 2nd quarter.
Wilson sacked on first down and what was going to be a quick throw outside.
White is taken down in the backfield.
MSU stops the clock now with 51 seconds left in the half as the Badgers have some big issues.
Screen pass to White and the Badgers don't get the first down and now the Badgers give it back with 47 seconds. The punt is blocked and now it is a TD for MSU and things are going down hill in a big hurry.
Badger score 14 Spartans 23
Badgers 7th Drive
Abbrederis upended at the 27.
White taken down in the backfield.
Badgers going into the locker room and regroup.
Badgers Score 14 Spartans 23
So after the Badgers rolled out of the gates for 14 fast impressive points the wheels fell off after mistake after mistake, hopefully they can get things back together. MSU gets the ball to start the half and it is a must stop to keep them from scoring on that first drive of the second half. That mistake by Toon that led to an interception was so disruptive as the Badgers looked to be rolling to a 21 point first quarter lead. We are going to find out a lot about Wilson and this Badgers team in 2011 in this second half.
Spartans 1st Drive
Badgers kicking it to start the second half and low kick at the 11 and it gets taken out to the 28.
Cousins was 8 out of 10 in the first half and that needs to change.
Good play for the Spartans on first down as Baker goes for 7. Southland hurt on the play and he was in for Shelton Johnson who is already hurt so who else do we have.
Badgers need some good mojo to start going on, second and three and Borland with the stop in the backfield.
Badgers can't off the field again on third down as the Spartans pick up 2 more than they need on a pass to the outside.
Spartans at their 40 and the Badgers get a nice stop in the backfield, loss of 2.
Direct snap to the running back picks up a solid gain of 6.
Badgers need to get off this field with third and 6.
Badgers blitz Taylor and it is quick enough that Cousins threw to quickly and an incomplete pass and now this drive didn't start in disaster.
Badgers 1st Drive
Poor punt and the Badgers start on the 25.
Huge drive here for the Badgers offense that has had 4 bad possesions in a row.
Play action and Abredderis wide open all the way to the 50, shaky pass by Wilson though but on second review nice touch.
Abredderis on the quick run and it didn't work again.
Second and 10, Wilson was looking for a shovel pass and Wilson still finds Abredderis for the first down.
Badgers on the MSU 45. Play action and Wilson finds Ball who has daylight down the sideline all the way down to the 18.
Wilson is pressured and tries to find the sideline and can't.
2nd and 11. Blitz comes and Ball only gets 6 or so. Big third down here in the red zone. The Badgers need 7 on 3rd and 7. Wilson rolls and he misses a wide open Pederson and that take 6 off the board.
Welch on for a 33 yard field goal and the last was blocked, this one is through and that was points but a major disapointment. Wilson looked like at the least like he could have ran for the first, probably the right call to throw to the wide open man but that is one where he had time and should have just set his feet and thrown the strike instead of floater.
Badgers Score 17 Spartans 23
Spartans 2nd Drive
The kick goes back to the 5 and gets taken out to the 27 and the one thing you can say is the kick coverage has been fairly decent considering what was supposed to be a pretty good return game.
Borland picks up the sack on a wierd looking play by the Spartans. Borland with 7 tackles already.
2nd down and Kohut with a big stop in the backfield.
Badgers have the Spartans 3rd and 15 and this is huge. Ball gets dropped off to the running back and the Badgers make the stop. OK this is what the Badgers need a way to get back in the lead.
Badgers 2nd Drive
Abrederris gets it at the 25 on the punt and can only go to the 28.
Badgers have a chance now to get the lead back, White up the middle for a couple.
White up the middle for a first down. Good now we have a little something do to start this drive.
Wilson to Abbrederis on the slant to the MSU 40, nice looking play right there.
Wilson rolls out and throws back across his body and he misses a wide open to Pederson.
2nd and 10, White goes up the middle for only a couple. Ball in on third down but there must be a reason he isn't really a part of the running game. Big third down play here.
Wilson fumbles the ball out of bounds trying to run for the first down. He pumps one last time and dropped it.
The Badgers are going to punt from the 38. Bad punt and it comes out to the 20.
The Badgers offense stalls out again after another Wilson mistake, and he is not having a very good game this time on the road. You have to question if maybe the Badgers should have just gone for it on 4th and 8.
Spartans 3rd Drive
This game is getting late enough now that the Badgers defense needs all stops.
Short pass outside picks up 6 for the Spartans.
Another short pass and it is cought but the slip looses the Spartans a yard.
Third and 5 and lets see what happens here. Spartans complete it on third down and the blitz didn't get home.
Spartans throw short and Cunningham picks up extra yards. Spartans have something going now and this isn't good for the Badgers.
Bell up the middle on the run for 6 yards. Mike Taylor missed the tackle.
Spartans at the Badgers 36 now.
Bell squirts for the first down with the spin move up the middle.
The Badgers now need a turnover or a sack or at least not give up the TD because that could be devestating.
Toss play picks up 5.
Bell doesn't get a first down and now it third and a couple.
The Badgers need to make the big stop on third and 4 right now. This could be the game right now.
Cousins throws for the first down and that is devestating, he had all day.
Toss play again and Henry makes the play in the backfield.
Another run play and the Spartans try to stretch it out and then take it back up the middle.
Huge third and 11 coming, the Badgers need the stop. Spartans make a big play on the catch short of the sticks and that might be the game right there as he goes in for the TD. That was a 14 play 7 minute drive which is a back breaker. Spartans go for 2 and convert. The Badges need some magic now. Badgers took real poor angles to the receiver to give up the TD.
Badgers score 17 Spartans 31
Badgers 3rd Drive
Well now it has to become the Wilson show as the Badgers are out of options, they need points and they need them in a hurry.
White makes a mistake taking it out of the end zone and doesn't get back to the 20.
Abbrederis on the end a round and he didn't get the block he needed and only gets 9.
Badgers get called for a false start another mistake by the Badgers, Zeitler guilty.
Wilson throws it deep and hits Abbrederis in stride but drops the ball.
3rd and 6 and they need to make this happen. Wilson throws it low and they have to punt.
Spartans 4th Drive
The Badgers need a turnover in the worst way right now.
Spartans up the middle for a few.
Cousins had to throw it away after seeing pressure.
Third and 8 and the Badgers just need this right now. Badgers blitz and that was ugly but Cousins screwed that play up.
Badgers 4th Drive
Abbrederis with a nice return from the 20 up to the 43.
Badgers could use a nice quick score right here, look for them to go right back to the deep pass to Abbrederis. You have to wonder if Toon is really to hurt to play as he has been a non factor in the game other than the negative play on the interception.
Wilson has to throw it away and it is second and 10.
Ball up the middle and he sees daylight for 20 yards. Spartans didn't see that coming.
Wilson runs it in from the 20 for the TD. That is what we needed a very quick score.
Badgers score 24 Spartans 31
Spartans 5th Drive
Spartans take the kick to the 26 and the Badgers Ewing gets called for a late hit and that is a huge mistake.
Spartans now at their 40. Cousins almost threw the pick to Fenelus.
Spartans go back up the middle with the run and get 3.
Spartans have 3rd and 8, this is huge again. Badgers could get the ball back with 7 minutes to go to try and tie this up. Cousins has it deflected at the line and the defense makes a big play.
Abbrederis with another shot at a big return. Badgers go for the all out block and just miss it meaning the fair catch is needed.
Badgers 5th Drive
Badgers need Wilson to come up big again but Wilson made a huge mistake and throws a pick on a play he should have eaton. What was Wilson a senior doing, there was no reason to throw across his body into double coverage.
Spartans 6th Drive
Badgers still have time if they can get the quick stop.
2nd and 7. Bell with a good run for 3. Third and 3 and of course bigger than huge.
Cousins gets sacked as Hemer comes right up the middle and boy oh boy that was what they needed. Now they can't go on fourth down either. Wilson will get another shot at redemtion.They kick it away from Abbrederis and he lets it roll all the way down to the 12.
Badgers 6th Drive
Badgers have a long way to go and they need 7.
Ball up the middle for 11 yards.
Ball slashes right middle for 13. Is this just like the Rose Bowl with to little running to late.
Abbrederis again on the end around and he gets 3.
Three Twenty Seven left in the game.
Ball gets stoned and now a big third down play coming. Don't like that call to the outside when the middle was working. Third and 9 and they need it. Wilson waits all day and finds Ewing for the first down. Wilson waited for ever on that play. Wilson scoots up the middle and the Badgers get called on the holding, you have to wonder how MSU hasn't got a penalty in the game. Wagnor gets called and now it is 1st and 20. Yikes. Toon works his way back and he catches it out of bounds for a 42 yard gain down to the 15. Wilson bought a lot of time on that play and now the Badgers are in business. Spartans call timeout. 1:39 left in this game. All of those points this offense left on the field in this game is coming back to haunt them.
Abbrederis open and takes it at the sideline and they are now at the MSU 3.
Badgers you would have to think will call Ball's number. Wilson drops back to pass and a short one to Ball and he goes in for the TD. Great to see the Badgers come back and get this game tied but they are leaving a lot of time on the clock.
Badgers score 31 Spartans 31
Spartans 7th Drive
Spartans returner dropped it but still got back to the 22.
Swing pass and they get 4 yards out of bounds.
MSU has a kicker that can kick at least 50 so the Badgers need stops.
Cousins throws incomplete, nice coverage by the Badgers.
Third and 7 and if MSU doesn't complete it the Badgers could be in business.Spartans pick up the first down on the pass to Bell, dang it that was big. Cousins fumbles and the Badgers have a huge chance to pick it up and it just doesn't roll their way.
Spartans are now at 2nd and 21. Badgers defense has had a pretty nice game for not being tested much this season, now is the time to truly show their stripes.
Spartans pick up 12 and BB still calls timeout with 30 seconds left. So the Badgers are gambling on the stop with 2 straight timeouts trying to get the ball back.
So monster huge 3rd and 8. The shovel pass picks up the first down and now they are in business. Complete pass to Bell for 9 yards. Spartans now in UW territory with 10 seconds left and lets hope the used timeouts don't kill us.
Badgers need a big stop here. Incomplete pass Henry on the coverage and 4 seconds left. Now it is the heave for the end zone you would think. Abbrederis back on the goal line, the Spartans catch it for what looks like the TD. That is a ball game. Play is under review but this looks like a TD. Taylor is valient trying to keep the guy out on the tip back out catch. Is it indisputable, we think the Spartans got it in the end zone but maybe it is to hard to tell. So the Badgers loose the absolute heart breaker.