Found October 30, 2012 on The B1g Time:
  Michigan State found itself down 10-3 following a Wisconsin field goal with six minutes left. The defense had played great all day as the Spartans were able to accumulate five sacks, but the offense continued to struggle. Michigan State fans were expecting the same old offense that they have seen all game as well as all season, but someone changed it up. I am not sure if it was Mark Dantonio, Dan Roushar or maybe even Andrew Maxwell himself, but the Spartans spread it out. The new look offense worked for Michigan State as Andrew Maxwell completed 8 of 9 passes on the game tying drive. Maxwell was also able to scramble for a first down, something that coaches and fans have hoped to see from him. Wide receiver’s Tony Lippett, Keith Mumphery, Bennie Fowler and Tight end Dion Sims all caught a pass on the tying drive as Michigan State spread it out and spread it around. The Spartans won the toss in overtime and the defense held the Badgers to a field goal. A confident Maxwell came onto the field down 13-10 knowing that a touchdown wins the game. That touchdown came on a beautiful back shoulder pass to Bennie Fowler. The timing was perfect and MSU had broken Wisconsin’s 21 game home win streak as well as their streak of 40 straight home victories over unranked opponents. Michigan State’s defense was also able to shine in Madison. The defense held Wisconsin to 19 rushing yards. This is a Wisconsin team who ran for 346 yards in two games against the Spartans last season and 804 in their two games prior to Saturday. The 19 yards rushed for is the lowest total for the Badgers in 5 years. That small rushing number had a lot to do with the 5 sacks that Michigan State compiled throughout the game, two from middle linebacker Max Bullough. Will Gholston was also able to get a sack on freshman quarterback Joel Stave, which ultimately resulted in a broken clavicle for the quarterback. Gholston finished the game with 4 ½ tackles for loss as he was all over the field. Michigan State still (somehow) has a chance at the legends division. I could explain to you how, but the chances are slim and we can save that for next week if the Spartans beat Nebraska.  At least Michigan State is back into the picture of this race, and must build off of the win in Madison and dare I say implement the spread more often? Andrew Maxwell looked extremely confortable in the game tying drive as well as overtime, and to continue their success Michigan State must cater towards his strengths. Maybe it is running out of the shotgun, which seemed to give Andrew more time in the pocket, or maybe it was having a receiver exploiting the middle of the field? I am not sure, but something was clicking. Offensive coordinator Dan Roushar must figure out what was working and add it to the game plan. Side Notes:             -Le’Veon Bell broke the 1,000 yard mark for the season             -The loss was Wisconsin’s first home loss since 2009             -Michigan State will host Nebraska at 3:30 Saturday

Michigan State Football: A new play helps lift the Spartans past Wisconsin

If you haven’t already heard, the Michigan State Spartans went into Camp Randall on Saturday and handed the 25th ranked Badgers their first loss at home since 2009. It ended with MSU quarterback Andrew Maxwell connecting on a 12-yard touchdown pass with Bennie Fowler to give the Spartans the 16-13 victory. However, before overtime even crept into the minds of MSU players and fans...

Mark Dantonio danced after Spartans win

Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell hit receiver Bennie Fowler on the 12-yard strike in overtime to given Wisconsin its first home loss since 2009.  More importantly for Michigan State, it marked their first win in Camp Randall Stadium in their last 22 tries.  It also helped the struggling Spartans get one win closer to becoming bowl eligible which would be crucial to help...

Mark Dantonio danced after Michigan State beat Wisconsin (Video)

The video itself is as shocking as it sounds.  I can count on one hand the number of times that I have seen Michigan State’s head coach smile, let alone ever seen him dance with the team.  Perhaps it’s the fact that this was Wisconsin’s first home loss since 2009, and the first time that Michigan State had beaten Wisconsin at Camp Randall in it’s last 22 games there. ...

Michigan State's season comes down to this weekend

Before the season started, I wrote about Michigan State possibly having a mediocre season. I said I wouldn't be surprised if they finished with five losses. And I took some flak for even thinking that. Oh, Sparty.....Here are some of the comments regarding my opinion on how Michigan State's season would go:"The Original Rocker is an idiot. Try learning what MSU does...

Sparty looking to keep up

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio knows what Nebraska can do from four whippings as a Kansas aide, a pair of poundings as a Spartans assistant and a decisive loss last year in his program's second straight 11-win season.

Audio: Dantonio Big Ten Teleconference

Coming off a big win over Nebraska means no rest for the Michigan State Spartans as they welcome Nebraska to Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Mark Dantonio spoke with members of the media during the Big Ten Coaches weekly teleconference and we have the complete audio.

2012-13 Big Ten Basketball Preview: Michigan State Spartans

Michigan State started off the 2011 season on an aircraft carrier, their 2012 season will kick off in a similar fashion. The Spartans will play the first game of the 2012 college basketball season at the Rammstein Air Base in Germany. Remember the camouflage jerseys? Well a similar version will be worn by Michigan State in this college kick-off game. The 2011 season did not start...

Coach Tom Izzo fired up about 14th-ranked Spartans

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says he's fired up about his team's chances this season. It's easy to see why. The 14th-ranked Spartans are deep and talented despite losing All-American forward Draymond Green. Izzo has four of his top six scorers back from last season's team that won Big Ten titles in the regular season and conference tournament and put the program...

Michigan State Football: Spartans celebrate after big win against Wisconsin (Video)

Below are videos recorded by Chris Thelen of showing the Spartans, both players and fans, reactions after the 16-13 overtime victory against Wisconsin on Saturday:

The Spartans Begin Their 2012 Basketball Campaign

So I have blinked and suddenly it’s the end of October and Michigan State opens exhibition play today at 7 p.m. in the Breslin Center against Northwood. Izzo and the crew are back! They have this tune-up and another against St. Cloud State before flying to Germany for the Armed Forces Classic on November 9th. If you want to view the full schedule just click here . The only available...

Game Day Grades: Michigan State

MADISON - With little room to run, minimal push up front and inconsistencies in the passing game, Wisconsin and its defense could only hold off Michigan State for so long in a three-point defeat at Camp Randall. Badger Nation publisher Benjamin Worgull hands out the grades.

Audio: A Welcomed Bye Week for Wisconsin

Following a home loss to Michigan State Saturday, Wisconsin goes into its only bye week of the season looking to get healthy and find a new starting quarterback. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema addresses the media Monday.

Maxwell's defining moment?

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- There are plenty of statistics and benchmarks that can be used to evaluate quarterbacks. But the most telling thing about a quarterback is his ability to engineer winning touchdown drives in the waning minutes of games. Its what Joe Montana did and Tom Brady does. At Michigan State, its what Kirk Cousins did the last three seasons. On Saturday, in a hostile...
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