(Saturday, September 26th)
Final Score: Wisconsin 38, Michigan State 30
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Scott Tolzien threw for 243 yards and four touchdowns, as the Wisconsin Badgers took care of the Michigan State Spartans, 38-30, in the Big Ten opener for both programs at Camp Randall Stadium.
Badgers (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) tight end Garrett Graham caught three of those touchdown passes, finishing with 58 yards on five catches. Meanwhile, John Clay powered the run game with 32 carries for 142 yards and a touchdown.
MSU (1-3, 0-1) quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Keith Nichol combined for four touchdown passes, though they also threw three costly interceptions in the loss. Keshawn Martin headlined the Spartans offense with 139 yards and two touchdowns on four catches.
Wisconsin got on the board with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tolzien to Graham late in the first quarter, which was set up by a Cousins interception at midfield.
Cousins redeemed himself with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mark Dell to knot the score at 7-7 early in the second quarter.
But the Badgers regained the lead on a six-yard touchdown pass from Tolzien to Graham with just under nine minutes to play in the first half.
Nichol was intercepted on the third play of the Spartans' ensuing drive, which eventually set up a one-yard touchdown run by Clay to push Wisconsin's lead to 21-7.
Michigan State kicker Brett Swenson and Wisconsin kicker Philip Welch traded field goals in the third quarter, as Wisconsin still enjoyed a 14-point lead with about 19 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Spartans' cut the deficit to seven on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to B.J. Cunningham late in the third quarter.
But Tolzien answered with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nick Toon on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Badgers lost a fumble on their next possession, and Tolzien again made them pay with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Graham to make it a 38-17 game with 12 minutes remaining.
Nichol tightened up the final margin with a pair of touchdown passes to Martin (15, 91) in the final two minutes.
The Spartans out-gained the Badgers in total offense (486-436), but Wisconsin scored 21 points off four Michigan State turnovers.
09/26 17:08:39 ET