Scores

Final

Michigan State 30

(1-3, 0-1 Big Ten)

Wisconsin 38

(4-0, 1-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, September 26, 2009

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

1 2 3 4 T
MSU 0 7 10 1330
WIS 7 14 3 1438

Top Performers

Passing: S. Tolzien (WIS) - 243 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: J. Clay (WIS) - 32 CAR, 142 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Martin (MSU) - 4 REC, 139 YDS, 2 TD

Tolzien's career-best 4 TDs help Wisconsin fend off Michigan State

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- Scott Tolzien threw for 243 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, leading Wisconsin past Michigan State 38-30 on Saturday.

Garrett Graham caught three touchdown passes for the Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten), who avenged a last-second loss to the Spartans last season.

Michigan State (1-3, 0-1) turned the ball over four times after committing two turnovers in three non-conference games. Wisconsin converted three of the turnovers, including two first-half interceptions, into touchdowns.

Tolzien was 19-of-31, hitting Graham for three scores and Nick Toon for another. Graham tied the Wisconsin record for TDs in a game by a tight end and set the career mark (13). He finished with five catches for 58 yards.

John Clay rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Badgers.

Tolzien and Graham hooked up for two touchdowns in the first half as the Badgers built a 21-7 lead.

After the teams traded field goals to start the second half, Cousins hit B.J. Cunningham for a 20-yard scoring pass late in the third quarter to pull the Spartans within 24-17.

But the Badgers wrested the momentum back immediately, as David Gilreath returned the kickoff 32 yards and Tolzien found Isaac Anderson on a sideline route for 45 yards on the first play of the drive. Three plays later, Tolzien hit a streaking Nick Toon for a 19-yard score on the first snap of the fourth quarter.

After a Michigan State fumble, Tolzien found a wide-open Graham for a 23-yard score and a 38-17 lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MSU
WIS
1st Downs2322
Total Yards486436
Passing396243
Rushing90193
Penalties9-545-34
3rd Down Conversions3-1011-18
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers41
Possession22:3137:29

Passing Leaders

Michigan StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cousins17/342015.921
WisconsinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tolzien19/312437.840

Rushing Leaders

Michigan StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Winston9525.8016
Nichol12525.0025
WisconsinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Clay321424.4118
Tolzien5204.0014

Receiving Leaders

Michigan StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Martin413934.8291
Dell57414.8124
WisconsinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson36622.0045
Graham55811.6323

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMSUWIS
TD01:22Garrett Graham 15 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERMSUWIS
TD13:06Mark Dell 14 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Brett Swenson Kick) 77
TD08:55Garrett Graham 6 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch Kick) 714
TD02:57John Clay 1 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERMSUWIS
FG11:31Brett Swenson 28 Yd 1021
FG03:51Philip Welch 41 Yd 1024
TD01:25B.J. Cunningham 20 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Brett Swenson Kick) 1724
FOURTH QUARTERMSUWIS
TD14:56Nick Toon 19 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch Kick) 1731
TD12:14Garrett Graham 23 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch Kick) 1738
TD02:07Keshawn Martin 15 Yd Pass From Keith Nichol (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2338
TD00:15Keshawn Martin 91 Yd Pass From Keith Nichol (Brett Swenson Kick) 3038