Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/22/11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just when you thought the Wisconsin Badgers were dead in the water, they came charging back in the fourth quarter only to be crushed by a desperation hail-mary as time expired. Michigan State put together an all-around great performance to win 37-31 and hand the Badgers their first loss of the season.

Senior wideout Keith Nichol caught the 44 yard heave from Kirk Cousins in a play that will be talked about for a long time. At first, the referees called Nichol down at the one yard line, but after an official’s review, the play was overturned and announced as a touchdown.


Spartan Stadium has turned into a House of Horrors for the Badgers as the team has lost each of their last four games in East Lansing. Michigan State is becoming accustomed to playing the spoiler role while knocking the undefeated Badgers off two years in a row now. The Spartans also knocked off an undefeated Michigan team last week.

Russell Wilson’s much-hyped Heisman campaign took a huge hit on Saturday Night as the senior made many questionable decisions including two interceptions and an intentional grounding call which resulted in a safety for Michigan State.

Meanwhile, the opposing signal caller, Kirk Cousins, looked like the kind of player everyone thought he could be the last couple of years. Cousins connected on 22 of his 31 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns.

This match-up between the Badgers and Spartans had all the makings of an instant classic. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see them both play in the inaugural Big Ten Championship on December 3rd because they do appear to be the best two teams in the Big Ten.

What did you think of the Badgers first loss of the season? Do you think these two teams will meet in December again? Let me know by commenting below!

Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He also enjoys to share Fantasy Advice from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.

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