GAMEDAY College Football

Michigan State 34, Wisconsin 28

By BOB TRIPI

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Quarterback Payton Thorne threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jayden Reed in the second overtime to lift Michigan State to a 34-28 victory over Wisconsin.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Spartans (3-4, 1-3 Big 10 Conference). It is the first loss for Wisconsin's interim coach Jim Leonhard who replaced Paul Chryst two weeks ago.

The game-winning throw was set up after Michigan State's Jacoby Windmon stripped the ball from Braelon Allen on the first play of the second overtime and defensive tackle Dashaun Mallory pounced on the ball. Three plays later, Thorne hit Reed in the right corner of the end zone with the game-winner.

On the first play of the first overtime, Reed threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Keon Coleman at the goal line, giving the Spartans a 28-21 lead.

Wisconsin's Graham Mertz tied the game when he connected with Chimere Dike on a 25-yard scoring pass.

After Michigan State took a 21-14 lead, Mertz marched the Badgers 52 yards to even the game at 21 with 2:04 remaining on his 3-yard touchdown pass to Keontez Lewis.

On the ensuing possession the Spartans had an opportunity to win the game in regulation by driving to the Badgers' 29-yard line. However, a bad snap on a 37-yard field goal forced holder Bryce Baringer to throw a pass that was intercepted by John Torchio.

Trailing 14-7 at halftime, Michigan State's Elijah Collins tied the game at 14 with 54 seconds remaining in the third quarter when he capped an eight-play, 97-yard drive with a 1-yard run. Tight end Maliq Carr keyed the march when he caught a 72-yard pass and was forced out at the Wisconsin 12 by Kamo'i Latu.

Thorne tossed a 29-yard scoring pass to Coleman with 7:23 left to give the Spartans a 21-14 lead. The drive was kept alive by two pass interference penalties, including one on fourth and 4 from the Badgers' 44-yard line.

Allen put the Badgers (3-4, 1-3) on top 7-0 when he capped their first drive with a 1-yard dive over a pile on fourth and 1. He gained 31 of Wisconsin's 63 yards on the drive.

Michigan State tied it at 7 with 20 seconds left in the first when Wisconsin transfer Jalen Berger broke free for a 12-yard touchdown run. The score was set up following Windmon's interception of Mertz at the Badgers' 12-yard line.

Allen, who finished with 123 yards, gave Wisconsin a 14-7 lead on another 1-yard run early in the second. He started the 75-yard drive with a 34-yard before being run out of bounds.

THE TAKEAWAY

Wisconsin: The Badgers defense gave up 389 yards, its most since allowing 539 to Ohio State on Sept. 24. Wisconsin will need to improve their pass defense against Purdue to avoid a two-game losing streak.

Michigan State: After giving up an average of 528.5 yards over the last four games, the Spartans played one of their best defensive games of the season. Michigan State gave up only 283 yards to Wisconsin, including only 131 passing yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WiscMSU
Wisc TD 8:01 Braelon Allen 1 yd run (Nate Van Zelst kick) 7 0
MSU TD 0:20 Jalen Berger 12 yd run (Ben Patton kick) 7 7
Second Quarter WiscMSU
Wisc TD 10:21 Braelon Allen 1 yd run (Nate Van Zelst kick) 14 7
Third Quarter WiscMSU
MSU TD 0:54 Elijah Collins 1 yd run (Ben Patton kick) 14 14
Fourth Quarter WiscMSU
MSU TD 7:23 Keon Coleman 27 yd pass from Payton Thorne (Ben Patton kick) 14 21
Wisc TD 2:04 Keontez Lewis 3 yd pass from Graham Mertz (Nate Van Zelst kick) 21 21
OT WiscMSU
MSU TD   Keon Coleman 25 yd pass from Jayden Reed (Ben Patton kick) 21 28
Wisc TD   Chimere Dike 25 yd pass from Graham Mertz (Nate Van Zelst kick) 28 28
2nd OT WiscMSU
MSU TD   Jayden Reed 27 yd pass from Payton Thorne 28 34
Team Stats
  Wisconsin Michigan State
First downs 19 20
  Rushing 7 6
  Passing 9 12
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 7-15, 47%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-2, 0%
Rushes-Yards 39-152 36-99
Passing Yards 131 290
Return Yards 86 61
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-25-1 22-31-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--23 2--17
Punts 6 5
Punts-Average 43 48.2
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-72 9-103
Time of Possession 32:59 27:01
Wisconsin Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Mertz 14 25 131 2 1
Michigan State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Thorne 21 29 265 2 0
J. Reed 1 1 25 1 0
B. Baringer 0 1 0 0 1
Wisconsin Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Allen 29 123 4.2 2
S. Bell 1 27 27.0 0
I. Guerendo 2 2 1.0 0
G. Mertz 7 0 0.0 0
Michigan State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Berger 16 59 3.7 1
E. Collins 14 43 3.1 1
J. Broussard 3 6 2.0 0
P. Thorne 3 -9 -3.0 0
Wisconsin Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Dike 4 45 11.3 1
B. Allen 3 33 11.0 0
S. Bell 3 24 8.0 0
J. Eschenbach 2 15 7.5 0
K. Lewis 2 14 7.0 1
Michigan State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Reed 9 117 13.0 1
K. Coleman 5 79 15.8 2
M. Carr 1 72 72.0 0
D. Barker 1 8 8.0 0
T. Mosley 2 5 2.5 0
T. Hunt 1 4 4.0 0
E. Collins 1 3 3.0 0
J. Broussard 1 3 3.0 0
J. Berger 1 -1 -1.0 0
Wisconsin Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Torchio 1 0
Michigan State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Windmon 1 0
Wisconsin Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Vujnovich 6 258 43.0
Michigan State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Baringer 5 241 48.2
Wisconsin Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Engram 3 17 5.7
Michigan State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Reed 2 20 10.0
Wisconsin Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
I. Guerendo 2 56 28.0
H. Anderson 1 13 13.0
Michigan State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Henderson 1 22 22.0
G. Bernard 1 19 19.0
Wisconsin Missed FG
Player Length
Michigan State Missed FG
Player Length




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