“One” Moment: Trailing 10-6 midway through the 2nd quarter, the Spartans forced the Badgers to punt. Returning the kick, Keyshawn Martin splits the coverage up the middle and raced down the right sideline outrunning Wisconsin players for six. This play later set up MSU’s successful 4th & 1 at midfield, with less than a minute, leading to another Spartan TD which capped off a 17 point 2nd qtr. In the 2nd half, Spartan nation witnessed another gutsy call. While leading by just 3 points with under 2 minutes to play, interim Coach Treadwell chose not to kick the FG on a 4th and goal. A play-action pass set up a perfect ball to BJ Cunningham. MSU went on to a double-digit lead to the eventual co-big ten champion Wisconsin, taking a knee on Spartan turf to seal the win.
When looking at Northwestern, this was a game that wasn’t pretty. But it leads me to my main premise about college football: Good teams find ways to win. Period. Trailing 17-0, Spartan defenders were unable to contain top Big Ten QB Dan Persa in the first half. Another typical 2nd half for Sparty. Kirk Cousins threw for 331 yards and 3 TDs (two of those coming in the final 2 minutes).