Bret Bielema was beginning to look ahead to overtime, and it was hard to blame the Wisconsin coach. Michigan State was out of field goal range and had time only for a long throw to the end zone.
''It's kind of one of those things where all of the stars have to be aligned for it to happen,'' Bielema said.
Well, it happened.
The fourth-ranked Badgers fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in stunning fashion Saturday night when Keith Nichol caught a 44-yard desperation heave from Kirk Cousins on the game's final play for a touchdown, giving No. 15 Michigan State a 37-31 win. With 4 seconds left, Cousins rolled out to his right and threw the ball about as far as he could. It went into the end zone but caromed off Michigan State receiver B.J. Cunningham's facemask back to Nichol, who caught it just outside the end zone and struggled for the goal line, fighting two Wisconsin defenders and just barely breaking the plane.
The former backup quarterback was initi...