Wisconsin Vs. Michigan St.: Badgers Open Big Ten Play With Win, Go 4-0

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst ISeptember 26, 2009

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 26: Nick Toon #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers is grabbed by the facemask by Chris Rucker #29 of the Michigan State Spartans on September 26, 2009 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Wisconsin Badgers are 4-0, but I'm still not sold on Bret Bielema's team, seeing as how they allowed two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the game.

Wisconsin still walked away with a 38-30 win, but the game didn't have to be that close.

Apparently, the Badgers became too comfortable with their 21 point fourth quarter lead.

Everybody knows that the Wisconsin offense can score, and it proved that again today, but the Badgers will only go as far as their defense allows them to.

That defense was pretty solid for the first three quarters and finished with three interceptions and a fumble recovery, but a fourth quarter lapse allowed the Spartans to get big numbers.

Michigan State finished with 486 total yards, with 396 of these yards coming through the air. They ended up outgaining Wisconsin by 50 yards.

Tight end Garrett Graham stole the show for the Badgers offense, as he caught five passes, with three of them being touchdowns.

Graham found the endzone twice in the first half, and Wisconsin had a 21-7 advantage.

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Receiver Nick Toon and running back John Clay, who I said to watch out for in my season preview article, continue to surprise Badger nation.

Toon caught three passes, including a key fourth quarter touchdown reception, while Clay carried the ball 32 times for 142 yards and a touchdown.

After two early fourth quarter touchdowns by Wisconsin, the Badgers had their 21-point lead, but not for long.

The one problem that the Badgers have had every week was the defense, and how it allowed teams back into games.

This week was no different, but luckily Wisconsin's lead was big enough to allow the Badgers their first conference victory.

The Badger's quarterback was 19-for-31 with 243 yards, four TDs and no interceptions.

Wisconsin will travel to the Minnesota Golden Gopher's new home next week, where the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe will continue.

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