MADISON, Wis. -- It had been 11 years to the day since Michigan State last came away victorious from Camp Randall Stadium, but the Spartans used stifling defense and just enough offense to pull off an 16-13 upset victory over No. 25 Wisconsin on Saturday in a Big Ten game.
After holding the Badgers (6-3, 3-2) to a field goal on its first possession of overtime, Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell connected with Bennie Fowler in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass to snap Wisconsin's 21-game home winning streak.
Maxwell's heroics began late in the fourth quarter. With Michigan State down seven with just
over six minutes to go, he led the Spartans (5-4, 2-3) on an impressive 12-play, 75-yard drive to
tie the score with 1:08 to go. Maxwell threw for 63 yards and rushed for 7 before pitching the ball
to Le'Veon Bell for a 5-yard touchdown run.
The teams headed to overtime after Wisconsin's attempt to reach field-goal range was stopped
with a sack that drove the Badgers back to their own 29-yard line.
The Badgers came in as one of the hottest rushing teams in the country, averaging 356 yards on the ground in their past two games, but Michigan State showed why it has the Big Ten's best rushing defense by limiting Wisconsin to 19 yards.
The Badgers defense was also a brick wall, holding Le'Veon Bell, the country's third leading
rusher, to 77 yards on the ground and forcing Michigan State to go to the air time and again.
Maxwell found limited success in the first two quarters except on the last drive of the half,
finishing with 216 yards and two touchdowns.
Wisconsin's offense was unable to get anything going after its first scoring drive in the
opening quarter. The futility only increased when freshman quarterback Joel Stave left the game
with a shoulder injury after being sacked on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
The Badgers' only scoring drive of the second half came off a fumble recovery at the Spartans
18-yard line. Wisconsin ran three plays for minus-2 yards, including a holding penalty that wiped
out a touchdown run, and settled for a 39-yard field goal by Kyle French.
Montee Ball led Wisconsin with 46 yards rushing and tight end Jacob Pederson caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown to lead all receivers.
NOTES: Wisconsin didn't have a 100-yard rusher for the first time since Sept. 29 when Ball
rushed for 90 yards against Nebraska ... Bell passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a season for the first time in his career ... After forcing only three turnovers in its first five games, Wisconsin
has forced six in its last four, including one Saturday.