Michigan State vs #8 Wisconsin Badgers Official Game Thread Updates & Comments

Hondo S. Carpenter

Camp Randall Stadium

Madison, WI

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to beautiful Camp Randall Stadium for today's matchup between the unranked Michigan State Spartans and the #8 Wisconsin Badgers.   

The Badgers have one of America's most feared rushing attacks.  Led by Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor, they do what they do each and every week without a change.  They will come with a downhill running style that attacks the defense.

But don't be deceived, they can throw the ball.  They just haven't needed to.  They didn't just give their QB job to a returning started.  Two years removed from a 10 win season and coming off an eight-win campaign, head coach Paul Chryst decided to have an true open competition and the youngster won out.  They can throw, but no one has forced them to do it.

They are undefeated and they have thrown when they want and now when they had to.  For the Spartans to win today, they must be able to shut down the running game and force the Badgers and their young QB to throw out of necessity.

Offensively, the Spartans are going into the teeth of the most underrated defenses in America.  They are the best in the Big Ten and MSU must understand that they will not score on every possession, but they need to sustain drives so the defense doesn't get tired out.

The Spartan need not only pass or only run.  Balance will be the key today.  A ten play drive with no points will still allow the defense to rest and worth its value in GOLD.  In case you missed it, here is my prediction and those of our Spartan Nation contributors from our Scouting Report and prediction article yesterday:

Prediction…

• Coach Chuck Grenier 21-14 Michigan State

• Duffy Carpenter 24-10 Wisconsin

• Jonathan Schopp 38-18 Wisconsin

• Matt Hladik 20-13 Wisconsin

• Matt Duda 45-17 Wisconsin

• Chris Stoddard 31-17 Wisconsin

Mark Dantonio told us last week that the game versus Ohio State was THE measuring stick. I agree with him. This team is not a competitive team among the ELITE teams in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is, and the Spartans have the talent, but the Spartan offensive scheme and coaching aren’t good enough to win the Big Ten. I say make it 21-10 Badgers.

3:18 ET Spartans Release Dress List For Today:

3:43 ET  UW Won the Toss.  MSU will get the ball in the 2nd half.  Here we go from Camp Randall.

4:04 ET Scoring Update #1:  TOUCHDOWN Badgers.  They lead MSU 7-0.  4:52 1Q

4:21 ET End of the 1st Quarter.  Complete Stats:

4:22 ET Scoring Update #2:  1st play of the 2nd Q WI TOUCHDOWN.  14-0 Badgers 14:54 2Q

Scoring Update #3 4:45 ET: Badgers 29 Yard FG is good.  17-0 Badgers.  4:30 2nd Q

5:03 PM ET Halftime Wisconsin in total control of MSU 17-0.  Check out these stats:

5:45 ET End of the 3rd Quarter Wisconsin leads 17-0.  Stats below:

5:53 ET Scoring Update #4: Badgers punch it in for their fourth score and third TD. They lead MSU 24-0.  13:38 4th Q

6:01 ET:  Scoring Update #5:  Badgers get a pick-six off of Brian Lewerke and get their fourth touchdown of the day.  12:52 4Q  31-0

6:13 ET Scoring Update #6: Badgers punch in their fifth touchdown and the sixth score of the day to lead the hapless Spartans 38-0.  10:52 4Q

Comments (243)
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B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Hondo, any chance for snow? Heard that earlier this week?

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

I had not heard, but others here in the press box say that there is a chance. So you are saying there is a chance? LOL

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

It’s a great day for football! GO GREEN!!!

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Go Green!! Need both sides of the ball to play well today.

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

I loved playing there. IMO most underrated place in the conference. Go Green

m4msu
m4msu

Would like to see some positive energy from the fan base today. BL had a good game last week, was still mostly negative. I always remember us being mostly positive until proven otherwise. Why not now?

Stramm3
Stramm3

Let's gooooooo!

Msurick
Msurick

Camp Randall was my favorite away strum in the Big 10. Fun place to visit.

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Monster game for the men of Sparta. Need this win in a bad way. ANYONE putting this all on Lewerke is delusional. It starts on offensive coaching and what the head coach allows and wants.

Msurick
Msurick

It will be interesting to see if we can slow Taylor down

m4msu
m4msu

I wonder if Wright gets some carries today. You almost think he has to now, unless you go Alante route. Either way, big venue to start a career at.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Our house is ready for kick off!!!! Let’s Go!!!

m4msu
m4msu

Band looks like a heart attack waiting to happen, quit hittin the fridge kids, lol!

greenqueen
greenqueen

Go GREEN! We need to make sure Taylor doesn't reach that goal today or we are in trouble.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Game on!!!

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

1/10 UW at their own 42. 15:55 1Q 0-0

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Very smart of Wiscy to come out throwing.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Fighting to win out there...

greenqueen
greenqueen

From a "woman's pt of view" I sure love the look of the green pants, white jerseys, and green helmets! Favorite uniform!

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

The Wisconsin run game going down our throats and getting places

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Two big UW mistakes on their first drive. Not typical of them.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Look at that defense! Great start Hreen!

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

1/10 MSU at their own 11. Dumb MSU penalty on the punt return buries them after a good stop by the D.

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Good stop by the defense!

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

Need to play smart starting now offense...

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Ugly offense so far

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Lewerke CAN'T as a 5th-year senior make that pass out of the shadow of his OWN goal post. Luck break NOT a picks six.

greenqueen
greenqueen

Offense not looking so good...:(

greenqueen
greenqueen

That was quick...good thing I didn't get up to use the bathroom...smh

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

MSU offense three and out. 1/10 Badgers at their own 25. 11:16 1Q

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Bad and not smart throw by Brian. 3 and out so no rest for the D.

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Ugh......hope that isn't the shape of things to come.

greenqueen
greenqueen

I hope that wasn't a preview of what the rest of the game is going to look like...I hope I defense got good sleep last night!

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

I can never understand throwing for 10 yards on 3rd and 12

Hondo S. Carpenter
Hondo S. Carpenter

Editor

Hey little man, good to have you up in here. How you be?

JeffDullack
JeffDullack

Have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of 3-and-outs for both offenses as the day goes on

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

Hopefully D can continue to stand strong

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Terrible tackling

m4msu
m4msu

We need to punish them, not the other way around.

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

How many drives without an MSU TD will it take for the Spartans to give another QB a shot at scoring? That may be the question of the day if it's still close to start the 2nd Half

Spartyjude
Spartyjude

Huge stop on 3rd down!!!

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Come on D. Every day in 1-2-3 we work on tackling. 4t down

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Alright!! Nice stop on 3rd down

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

I’m sorry but that trip and fall was hilarious...

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Good Lord! Hell of a play call.

MSU88CHICK
MSU88CHICK

D has their work cut out for them, offense gets a great rest and D fights tough...

Spartyjude
Spartyjude

Listening to Millen is torture!

Msurick
Msurick

Looks like TD to me

DuffyCarpenter1
DuffyCarpenter1

ughhhhh

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

Yup, correct call


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