Spartan Avenue Live Blog: Michigan State at No. 25 Wisconsin

FIRST QUARTER:

Michigan State went three-and-out on its first series after receiving the opening kickoff. The drive lost two yards, and Andrew Maxwell was stripped on third down. The Spartans snuck away with a minor victory after not losing the fumble in its own territory.

Joel Stave started Wisconsin’s first series at the team’s 29-yard line. The Spartans’ defense held the Badgers from getting a first down and only allowed Wisconsin to get four yards.

 

The Spartans started its second drive from the 14-yard line. Receiver Bennie Fowler caught a pass on the first play of the series for seven yards. Le’Veon Bell picked up the very first first down for either team by gaining three yards up the middle. Maxwell followed that play up with a play-action reverse, missing his receiver deep down the field on the left side of the field. Two players later, Maxwell hit Fowler for a first down near the sticks. On second down and seven to go, Maxwell hit Tony Lippett for a first down pass. A false start penalty on the next play moved the Spartans back five yards. On second and 11, Maxwell hit Mumphery to make it third down and short. Bell gained one yard on the next play and got the Spartans another first down. It was the team’s fourth first down of the drive. After moving into Wisconsin territory, the Spartans had to punt after failing to convert third down and 11. Maxwell did not make that great of a decision on the play because even if he were to complete the pass, it would not have been anywhere close to a first down.

 

Wisconsin started its second drive at the 10-yard line after punter Mike Sadler boomed a great punt into Wisconsin territory. Right off the bat, Stave hit his receiver to get the ball the 36-yard line. Several players later, the Badgers put the ball in Michigan State’s territory with a mix of passes and runs.

ANALYSIS: Michigan State’s defense cannot keep up with the outside passes and needs to play tighter on the receivers. The offense needs to do a better job getting north and south. Nick Hill ruined the second drive by failing to make his first cut and then getting up field.

Topics: Football, Michigan State Spartans, Wisconsin Badgers

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