The Run to the Rose Bowl: No. 24 Michigan State 34, No. 11 Badgers 24

2010-12-20T05:00:00Z 2010-12-29T20:53:01Z The Run to the Rose Bowl: No. 24 Michigan State 34, No. 11 Badgers 24Andy Baggot | 608-252-6175 | abaggot@madison.com madison.com

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The Question

After playing another cottony-soft non-conference schedule, are the Badgers ready for the rigors of a Big Ten Conference road game?

The Answer

No, not after UW was assessed a season-high five penalties, had possession for a season-worst 23 minutes, 36 seconds and went 3-for-11 on third down.

The Unforgettable

Spartans coach Mark Dantonio didn't attend the game after experiencing a setback related to a mild heart attack suffered Sept. 19. He did stay in touch with his assistants via cell phone calls and text messages in apparent violation of NCAA rules, but UW coach Bret Bielema didn't push the issue.

The Performance

UW senior quarterback Scott Tolzien, who has a 68 percent career completion ratio, was 11-for-25 (.440) for 127 yards - the second-lowest yardage output of his career.

The Stat of the Game

Junior tailback John Clay entered having at least one touchdown and 100 yards rushing in 10 straight games. He was limited to 80 yards on 17 carries and kept out of the end zone.

That Says it All

"That's something we pride ourselves (on) is moving the chains and being efficient on third down. Today, we weren't. You see the outcome of it."

-- Quarterback Scott Tolzien

The Postscript

The Spartans finished 11-1 overall, 7-1 in the Big Ten Conference to earn a share of the league title. They will play Alabama in the Capitol One Bowl.

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