Saturday, October 2, 2010
Halftime update: Wisconsin-Michigan State
By Adam Rittenberg
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Quick thoughts from halftime at Spartan Stadium, where No. 24 Michigan State leads No. 11 Wisconsin 20-10.
Turning point: After Michigan State stuffed John Clay and forced a punt, Keshawn Martin found a seam and raced 74 yards to the end zone to give the Spartans a 13-10 lead. Martin's return was part of 17 unanswered points by the Spartans.
Stat of the half: The Spartans are minus-3 in turnovers with two interceptions and a lost fumble, but lead by 10 points. Martin's return certainly helps, but Michigan State also is outgaining the Badgers 230-118, as Clay has been held in check and quarterback Scott Tolzien has been under constant pressure.
Best call: Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell rolled the dice on fourth-and-1 from the Wisconsin 47-yard line and made a great decision with a pitch play to Le'Veon Bell that went for 23 yards. Treadwell initially appeared to be trying to draw Wisconsin offside before a replay review, but he had the offense remain on the field and picked up a huge first down, leading to a Kirk Cousins touchdown pass to Mark Dell. Mark Dantonio had to be pleased with Treadwell's decision.