Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/13/14

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 05: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Michigan State Spartans warms up prior to the start of the game against the Montana State Bobcats on September 5, 2009 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
The football heaved from the right arm of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins cuts through the crisp East Lansing air, Wisconsin's national championship hopes hanging ever so perilously in the balance. If Cousins' last-second throw is 2 inches lower on its trajectory, Wisconsin wide receiver and defensive back for a play Jared Abbrederis, waiting with his sure hands at the front of the end zone, bats the ball down at the apex of his leap. An incomplete pass sends an already memorable game to overtime. Instead, Abbrederis whiffs, the 44-yard Hail Mary caroms off a Michigan State facemask in the end zone and into the arms of Spartans senior Keith Nichol -- a quarterback turned backup receiver. He maintains just enough forward progress to fend off two Wisconsin defenders and push the ball past the plane of the goal line. And just like that -- seconds from forcing overtime last Saturday, on a play so close it requires replay officials to determine the outcome -- Wisconsin's dream...
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