Scores

Final/OT

Fresno State 31

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Wisconsin 34

(2-0, 2-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Camp Randall Stadium, MADISON, WI

1 2 3 4 OT T
FRES 7 14 0 3 731
WIS 0 17 0 7 1034

Top Performers

Passing: R. Colburn (FRES) - 289 YDS, 4 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Clay (WIS) - 21 CAR, 143 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Ajirotutu (FRES) - 6 REC, 83 YDS, 2 TD

Maragos pick, Welch FG help Wisconsin stave off Fresno State

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin safety Chris Maragos came up with an interception in the second overtime, and Philip Welch kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Badgers a 34-31 victory over Fresno State at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

It was an ideal end to a rough week for Wisconsin, which was able to field its starters despite an outbreak of flulike symptoms that spread through the team.

Badgers coach Bret Bielema said after the game that more than 40 players were sick as recently as Tuesday. Cornerback Aaron Henry was throwing up when he woke up Saturday morning, and was taken out of the game after some shaky plays early on.

Scott Tolzien threw a 6-yard touchdown to Nick Toon to take the lead on the Badgers' first overtime possession. But Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn hit Seyi Ajirotutu in the back of the end zone to force a second overtime.

Maragos then picked off Colburn in the end zone, and the Badgers drove for the decisive field goal.

It was the second big play in as many weeks for Maragos, who broke up a pass on fourth-and-3 to preserve the Badgers' shaky 28-20 victory over Northern Illinois last Saturday.

John Clay's 72-yard touchdown run gave Wisconsin a 24-21 lead with 5:45 remaining in regulation. But Fresno State kicker Kevin Goessling -- who missed a 45-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter and missed three field goals in a loss to Wisconsin last year -- hit a game-tying 40-yarder with 20 seconds left.

Clay finished the game with 143 yards rushing. But before his big run, Fresno State was in control.

Leading 21-17 on three first-half touchdown throws by Colburn, the Bulldogs saw two third-quarter drives stall on interceptions. The Bulldogs put together another long drive early in the fourth quarter, but Goessling missed from 45.

Clay then took the ball through a big hole in the middle of the line and burst toward the right sideline for a touchdown to give Wisconsin its first lead of the game.

About the only thing that went right for the Badgers in the first half was the kick return ability of David Gilreath, but that was enough to keep them in the game.

Fresno State took a 14-0 lead on Colburn's 13-yard slant to Chastin West and a perfect deep lob to Devon Wylie for a 70-yard touchdown.

Wisconsin answered with a long kickoff return by Gilreath that set up a drive for an 11-yard touchdown run by Zach Brown. Colburn then connected on a 14-yard touchdown pass to Ajirotutu.

Gilreath broke free for a 38-yard kickoff return, then finished a drive with an 8-yard touchdown run on an end around to cut the lead to 21-14.

Welch hit a 57-yard field goal just before halftime after missing a 47-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter to make him 0-for-3 to start the season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FRES
WIS
1st Downs2419
Total Yards468413
Passing289225
Rushing179188
Penalties6-507-66
3rd Down Conversions11-185-13
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers30
Possession33:3826:22

Passing Leaders

Fresno StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Colburn22/362898.043
WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tolzien17/282258.010

Rushing Leaders

Fresno StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mathews191075.6055
Rouse6467.7021
WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clay211436.8172
Brown9404.4111

Receiving Leaders

Fresno StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wylie511422.8170
Ajirotutu68313.8225
WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson47017.5044
Toon44912.3118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFRESWIS
TD06:14Chastin West 13 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn. (Kevin Goessling Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERFRESWIS
TD14:46Devon Wylie 70 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn. (Kevin Goessling Kick) 140
TD11:35Zach Brown 11 Yd Run. (Philip Welch Kick) 147
TD07:01Seyi Ajirotutu 14 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn. (Kevin Goessling Kick) 217
TD04:27David Gilreath 8 Yd Run. (Philip Welch Kick) 2114
FG00:00Philip Welch 57 Yd 2117
FOURTH QUARTERFRESWIS
TD05:45John Clay 72 Yd Run. (Philip Welch Kick) 2124
FG00:16Kevin Goessling 41 Yd 2424
OVERTIMEFRESWIS
TDNick Toon 6 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien. (Philip Welch Kick) 2431
TDSeyi Ajirotutu 7 Yd Pass From Ryan Colburn. (Kevin Goessling Kick) 3131
2ND OVERTIMEFRESWIS
FGPhilip Welch 22 Yd 3134