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MADISON, WI (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - A bad snap and mishandle on a Wisconsin punt led to a wacky scramble, a partially blocked kick on the run and MSU with the ball at the Badgers' 11-yard line.

A bad snap and mishandle on a Wisconsin punt led to a wacky scramble, a partially blocked kick on the run and MSU with the ball at the Badgers' 11-yard line.

TheSpartanstrailed, 7-3, in the second quarter. They had just marched 55 yards for the field goal. They could now take the lead and hush a homecoming crowd of 80,538 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Instead, they summed up their offensive woes this season by losing 23 yards and punting. It appeared that debacle would end up being the story of another loss for the Spartans.

But MSU's offense finally woke up with a tying 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by an Andrew Maxwell 5-yard shovel pass to Le'Veon Bell.

Then Maxwell hit Bennie Fowler for a 12-yard touchdown pass to win it, 16-13 in overtime, stop that spiral and put the Spartans (5-4 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) in strong position for a bowl bid.

MSU needs to win two of its final three games to get to a sixth bowl game in Mark Dantonio's sixth season. Nebraska visits on Saturday, followed by a much-needed off week, a home game vs. Northwestern and a trip to Minnesota.

MSU got the ball first and immediately went three and out, losing 2 yards.

But the Spartans forced a three-and-out and the offense fared better in its second attempt - marching 43 yards to the Wisconsin 43 before stalling.

The Badgers also fared better on their second try. A blistering passing display by redshirt freshman Joel Stave produced a 90-yard touchdown drive, the last 31 of it to Jacob Pedersen on a blown MSU coverage.

It was 7-0 Wisconsin with 13:44 left in the second quarter. And that would be it for the Badgers for a long time.

MSU answered those points with a 55-yard drive for a 34-yard Dan Conroy field goal. Penalties helped prevent the possibility of seven points.

Then came the flubbed punt, blocked by Marcus Rush and recovered by Isaiah Lewis at the Wisconsin 11.

Then came a Le'Veon Bell run for 5 - wiped out by an MSU holding penalty.

A pass to Bell was broken up. Right tackle Skyler Burkland was whistled for a false start.

Left tackle Dan France gave up a sack for a loss of 8 yards. And a short third-and-33 pass from the 34 was off the mark and incomplete.

Then MSU sent Conroy out for a 51-yard try, called time-out and decided to punt instead.

Fast forward to 8:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Spartans had a total of 76 yards and two first downs from the end of the disastrous drive until then.

And then they finally made a key mistake when Lawrence Thomas fumbled after a short pass, recovered at the MSU 18.

The Badgers - playing with Danny O'Brien at quarterback after a Will Gholston hit knocked Stave from the game in the third quarter - lost 3 yards but hit a 39-yard field goal with 6:06 left for a 10-3 lead.

MSU's offense finally exploded to life in its final chance, moving 75 yards in 12 plays for the tying score - a shovel pass to Bell on third-and-4 from the Wisconsin 5.

Then MSU forced a 43-yard field goal in overtime and won it on a perfect Maxwell strike to Fowler.

Contact Joe Rexrode: 313-222-2625 or jrexrode@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter@joerexrode. Check out his MSU blog atfreep.com/heyjoe.

A bad snap and mishandle on a Wisconsin punt led to a wacky scramble, a partially blocked kick on the run and MSU with the ball at the Badgers' 11-yard line.

TheSpartanstrailed, 7-3, in the second quarter. They had just marched 55 yards for the field goal. They could now take the lead and hush a homecoming crowd of 80,538 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Instead, they summed up their offensive woes this season by losing 23 yards and punting. It appeared that debacle would end up being the story of another loss for the Spartans.

But MSU's offense finally woke up with a tying 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by an Andrew Maxwell 5-yard shovel pass to Le'Veon Bell.

Then Maxwell hit Bennie Fowler for a 12-yard touchdown pass to win it, 16-13 in overtime, stop that spiral and put the Spartans (5-4 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) in strong position for a bowl bid.

MSU needs to win two of its final three games to get to a sixth bowl game in Mark Dantonio's sixth season. Nebraska visits on Saturday, followed by a much-needed off week, a home game vs. Northwestern and a trip to Minnesota.

MSU got the ball first and immediately went three and out, losing 2 yards.

But the Spartans forced a three-and-out and the offense fared better in its second attempt - marching 43 yards to the Wisconsin 43 before stalling.

The Badgers also fared better on their second try. A blistering passing display by redshirt freshman Joel Stave produced a 90-yard touchdown drive, the last 31 of it to Jacob Pedersen on a blown MSU coverage.

It was 7-0 Wisconsin with 13:44 left in the second quarter. And that would be it for the Badgers for a long time.

MSU answered those points with a 55-yard drive for a 34-yard Dan Conroy field goal. Penalties helped prevent the possibility of seven points.

Then came the flubbed punt, blocked by Marcus Rush and recovered by Isaiah Lewis at the Wisconsin 11.

Then came a Le'Veon Bell run for 5 - wiped out by an MSU holding penalty.

A pass to Bell was broken up. Right tackle Skyler Burkland was whistled for a false start.

Left tackle Dan France gave up a sack for a loss of 8 yards. And a short third-and-33 pass from the 34 was off the mark and incomplete.

Then MSU sent Conroy out for a 51-yard try, called time-out and decided to punt instead.

Fast forward to 8:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Spartans had a total of 76 yards and two first downs from the end of the disastrous drive until then.

And then they finally made a key mistake when Lawrence Thomas fumbled after a short pass, recovered at the MSU 18.

The Badgers - playing with Danny O'Brien at quarterback after a Will Gholston hit knocked Stave from the game in the third quarter - lost 3 yards but hit a 39-yard field goal with 6:06 left for a 10-3 lead.

MSU's offense finally exploded to life in its final chance, moving 75 yards in 12 plays for the tying score - a shovel pass to Bell on third-and-4 from the Wisconsin 5.

Then MSU forced a 43-yard field goal in overtime and won it on a perfect Maxwell strike to Fowler.

Contact Joe Rexrode: 313-222-2625 or jrexrode@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter@joerexrode. Check out his MSU blog atfreep.com/heyjoe.

A bad snap and mishandle on a Wisconsin punt led to a wacky scramble, a partially blocked kick on the run and MSU with the ball at the Badgers' 11-yard line.

TheSpartanstrailed, 7-3, in the second quarter. They had just marched 55 yards for the field goal. They could now take the lead and hush a homecoming crowd of 80,538 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Instead, they summed up their offensive woes this season by losing 23 yards and punting. It appeared that debacle would end up being the story of another loss for the Spartans.

But MSU's offense finally woke up with a tying 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by an Andrew Maxwell 5-yard shovel pass to Le'Veon Bell.

Then Maxwell hit Bennie Fowler for a 12-yard touchdown pass to win it, 16-13 in overtime, stop that spiral and put the Spartans (5-4 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) in strong position for a bowl bid.

MSU needs to win two of its final three games to get to a sixth bowl game in Mark Dantonio's sixth season. Nebraska visits on Saturday, followed by a much-needed off week, a home game vs. Northwestern and a trip to Minnesota.

MSU got the ball first and immediately went three and out, losing 2 yards.

But the Spartans forced a three-and-out and the offense fared better in its second attempt - marching 43 yards to the Wisconsin 43 before stalling.

The Badgers also fared better on their second try. A blistering passing display by redshirt freshman Joel Stave produced a 90-yard touchdown drive, the last 31 of it to Jacob Pedersen on a blown MSU coverage.

It was 7-0 Wisconsin with 13:44 left in the second quarter. And that would be it for the Badgers for a long time.

MSU answered those points with a 55-yard drive for a 34-yard Dan Conroy field goal. Penalties helped prevent the possibility of seven points.

Then came the flubbed punt, blocked by Marcus Rush and recovered by Isaiah Lewis at the Wisconsin 11.

Then came a Le'Veon Bell run for 5 - wiped out by an MSU holding penalty.

A pass to Bell was broken up. Right tackle Skyler Burkland was whistled for a false start.

Left tackle Dan France gave up a sack for a loss of 8 yards. And a short third-and-33 pass from the 34 was off the mark and incomplete.

Then MSU sent Conroy out for a 51-yard try, called time-out and decided to punt instead.

Fast forward to 8:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Spartans had a total of 76 yards and two first downs from the end of the disastrous drive until then.

And then they finally made a key mistake when Lawrence Thomas fumbled after a short pass, recovered at the MSU 18.

The Badgers - playing with Danny O'Brien at quarterback after a Will Gholston hit knocked Stave from the game in the third quarter - lost 3 yards but hit a 39-yard field goal with 6:06 left for a 10-3 lead.

MSU's offense finally exploded to life in its final chance, moving 75 yards in 12 plays for the tying score - a shovel pass to Bell on third-and-4 from the Wisconsin 5.

Then MSU forced a 43-yard field goal in overtime and won it on a perfect Maxwell strike to Fowler.

Contact Joe Rexrode: 313-222-2625 or jrexrode@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter@joerexrode. Check out his MSU blog atfreep.com/heyjoe.

A bad snap and mishandle on a Wisconsin punt led to a wacky scramble, a partially blocked kick on the run and MSU with the ball at the Badgers' 11-yard line.

TheSpartanstrailed, 7-3, in the second quarter. They had just marched 55 yards for the field goal. They could now take the lead and hush a homecoming crowd of 80,538 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Instead, they summed up their offensive woes this season by losing 23 yards and punting. It appeared that debacle would end up being the story of another loss for the Spartans.

But MSU's offense finally woke up with a tying 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by an Andrew Maxwell 5-yard shovel pass to Le'Veon Bell.

Then Maxwell hit Bennie Fowler for a 12-yard touchdown pass to win it, 16-13 in overtime, stop that spiral and put the Spartans (5-4 overall, 2-3 Big Ten) in strong position for a bowl bid.

MSU needs to win two of its final three games to get to a sixth bowl game in Mark Dantonio's sixth season. Nebraska visits on Saturday, followed by a much-needed off week, a home game vs. Northwestern and a trip to Minnesota.

MSU got the ball first and immediately went three and out, losing 2 yards.

But the Spartans forced a three-and-out and the offense fared better in its second attempt - marching 43 yards to the Wisconsin 43 before stalling.

The Badgers also fared better on their second try. A blistering passing display by redshirt freshman Joel Stave produced a 90-yard touchdown drive, the last 31 of it to Jacob Pedersen on a blown MSU coverage.

It was 7-0 Wisconsin with 13:44 left in the second quarter. And that would be it for the Badgers for a long time.

MSU answered those points with a 55-yard drive for a 34-yard Dan Conroy field goal. Penalties helped prevent the possibility of seven points.

Then came the flubbed punt, blocked by Marcus Rush and recovered by Isaiah Lewis at the Wisconsin 11.

Then came a Le'Veon Bell run for 5 - wiped out by an MSU holding penalty.

A pass to Bell was broken up. Right tackle Skyler Burkland was whistled for a false start.

Left tackle Dan France gave up a sack for a loss of 8 yards. And a short third-and-33 pass from the 34 was off the mark and incomplete.

Then MSU sent Conroy out for a 51-yard try, called time-out and decided to punt instead.

Fast forward to 8:32 left in the fourth quarter. The Spartans had a total of 76 yards and two first downs from the end of the disastrous drive until then.

And then they finally made a key mistake when Lawrence Thomas fumbled after a short pass, recovered at the MSU 18.

The Badgers - playing with Danny O'Brien at quarterback after a Will Gholston hit knocked Stave from the game in the third quarter - lost 3 yards but hit a 39-yard field goal with 6:06 left for a 10-3 lead.

MSU's offense finally exploded to life in its final chance, moving 75 yards in 12 plays for the tying score - a shovel pass to Bell on third-and-4 from the Wisconsin 5.

Then MSU forced a 43-yard field goal in overtime and won it on a perfect Maxwell strike to Fowler.

Contact Joe Rexrode: 313-222-2625 or jrexrode@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter@joerexrode. Check out his MSU blog atfreep.com/heyjoe.