Columnist Tom Oates assesses the University of Wisconsin football team's performance against Michigan State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Offense: B-minus

Establishing the run early was smart against a blitzing defense, but Montee Ball's injury hurt for awhile. Russell Wilson's safety and two interceptions were costly, but he didn't quit and got UW back into the game.

Defense: B-minus

The Badgers stuffed the Spartans' inside running game, but had trouble with their speed on the outside, especially their wide receivers. Allowing a Hail Mary for the game-winning touchdown should never happen.

Special teams: D

A poor snap contributed to the blocked field goal. Michigan State's blocked punt for a touchdown was the game's biggest play. Jared Abbrederis had a timely 33-yard punt return late in the game.

Overall: C-minus

This was a tough test for UW and it failed. Generally an error-free team, the Badgers made enough mistakes -- safety, interceptions, blocked kicks, penalties, missed tackles, allowing a Hail Mary -- to cost themselves the game.

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