8:18 Kick off here at Lucas Oil Stadium. Wisconsin gets the ball moving from my right to left. Here we go....
8:29: UW in end zone. 71y in 9 plays. 4:56 elapsed. MSU couldn't stop Monte Ball. Remember, MSU was down 14-0 to UW at Spartan Stadium on Oct. 22.
8:38: Wow! MSU simply drives 59y (46 on the ground) in 6 plays to tie the game with 6:44 left in first. Drive took 3:13. State just pushed 'em right down the field. 7-7!
8:47 UW RB Montee Ball hits is QB Russell Wilson for 32y to give 'em 1st and goal. Ball's done this before. He's now 2/2 for 57y and a TD passing this yr.
8:50 One play after the pass to Wilson, Ball lugs it in from 6y out. UW goes 60y in 7 plays in 3:00 to lead 14-7 with 3:44 left in first.
8:52 Deadspin reported this week that a Craigs List ad was offering people $75 to come in sit in a section near midfield tonight--a report laughed at by the City of Indy and the Big Ten. The thing is, the section in question, near midfield and opposite the main TV cameras, is surprisingly unfull tonight. Game not a sellout as the uppder end zone seats are empty. MSU fumbles kickoff and UW recovers at MSU 24. Yikes.
8:59 Montee Ball just scored again. Has 2 TD and 105 rush y on 13 carries before game is 12 mins old. UW scored 2 TD in :32 after MSU fumbled a kickoff. Spartans down 21-7, under two left in first.
9:06 MSU goes for it on 4th and 1 and BJ Cunningham is WIDE OPEN to take Kirk Cousins TD pass from 30. 80y in 7 in 3:07! Second just underway (14:55) and it is 21-14 UW and it is a HELL OF A GAME!!!
9:21 INCREDIBLE!!! Nichol laterals to Cunningham for a TD and Sontag--the extra point holder, runs it in for 2. MSU LEADS 22-21!!! Still 10:21 left in half. MSU has come back from 14 down to lead here--just as they did in win over UW in Oct.
9:31 UW: 155y, 3 TD on 1st 3 poss. 6 plays, 6y on last 2. 22-21, MSU, 8:42 left in half. Spartan ball: 1st and ten at MSU 42. Cousins picked on first play though.
9:42 UW has NO ANSWER for MSU right now. Another long drive (84y) and its 29-21 State. 22 unanswered by MSU! (They had 23 unanswered after being down 14 in first meeting v UW).
9:48 Montee Ball had 105 y rushing in 1st qtr, has 2 (two!) in second. UW has gone 3-out on last four drives after scoring TDs on first 3. :46 left in half, 29-21, MSU!
9:59 MSU outgained UW 208/-4, outscored 'em 22-0 in 2nd qtr. Lead 29-21 at half!
10:22 Almost ready for the second half. An incredible turnaround in this game. State came back from 21-7 down after one to lead 29-21 after two. A long way to go. Big hits on UW QB Wilson and RB Ball in that second quarter turned the game around, I think. At least to this point. MSU gets ball to start third.
10:37 Momentum shifts again. MSU had UW stopped on 3rd and long but offside call kept drive alive and it's 29-28 as they drive 62y in 8 in 3:30 on first poss of second half. 42y Wilson pass is the scoring play. MSU went three/out to start second half. 9:13 left in 3rd.
10:48 Promising MSU drive stalls, but MSU punt pins 'em back at one. 4:52, 3rd, 29-28, MSU!
10:59 Ta-dah! Cousins to Cunningham, again. It's a 44y TD pass--BJ's 3rd TD catch and Cousin's 3rd TD toss tonight! The drive: 44y in 3 (1:41). There happens to be the same amount of time left in the qtr as the drive took,: 1:41. MSU 36, UW 28!
11:04 3rd qtr over. 36-28, MSU. Boy, am I nervous...
11:10 UW scores again in this ping-pong game on a shovel pass to Ball who has 7y rushing since he had 105 in first qtr. UW misses 2-point when Worthy tips pass. 36-34, MSU and the Spartans are knocking on door again...
11:20 MSU settles for short FG to lead 39-34 with 8:28 left. I am still nervous...
12:49 Back in press box, almost time to leave. Was ten feet fro Isiah Thomas as two teammates helped him off after the game, after he got flagged for that running into kicker penalty that negated the Keyshawn Martin punt return which likely would have won game for MSU. Toughest thing I've ever seen in sports. Toughest loss I've ever seen. Great game. Good night.
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