MADISON, Wis. -- Nothing was easy about Wisconsin's 20-19 win, but the 11th-ranked Badgers certainly will take it and move on.
Down six starters at times during the game, the Badgers did just enough to hold off a tough Arizona State team. You've got to credit offensive coordinator Paul Chryst for a gutsy call on third-and-2, as quarterback Scott Tolzien hit tight end Lance Kendricks across the field for a huge first down.
The Tolzien-Kendricks connection was huge today, and the Badgers got enough from their running backs and a short-handed defense.
Wisconsin didn't make the national statement it hoped to, and there are several lingering issues on this team, namely kickoff coverage. But two special teams plays from Shelton Johnson and Jay Valai proved to be the difference today.
I'm heading down for interviews but will be back with more from Camp Randall.