Michigan 24

(5-6, 1-6 Big Ten)

(21) Wisconsin 45

(8-2, 5-2 Big Ten)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, November 14, 2009

Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI

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MICH 7 10 7 024
#21WIS 7 14 14 1045

Top Performers

Passing: S. Tolzien (WIS) - 240 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Clay (WIS) - 26 CAR, 151 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: N. Toon (WIS) - 5 REC, 98 YDS, 2 TD

Tolzien's 5 total TDs hand Michigan 6th straight Big Ten loss

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. -- For long-suffering conference rivals looking to throw some grief back at the once-dominant Michigan Wolverines, now's the time.

Have at it, Badgers.

Fast Facts

• Michigan lost its sixth straight Big Ten game, something that hasn't happened in Ann Arbor since the 1958-59 seasons.

• The Wolverines' defense has now allowed 35-plus points in four straight games for the first time in school history.

• Wisconsin has now won three straight home games vs. Michigan for the first time.

• The Badgers tallied 469 total yards.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Wisconsin (No. 20 BCS, No. 21 AP) became the latest Big Ten team to get the best of the reeling Wolverines and coach Rich Rodriguez, winning 45-24 Saturday behind four touchdown passes and a TD sneak from quarterback Scott Tolzien.

"Scotty had a big grin on his face walking off the field," Badgers coach Bret Bielema said. "To beat Michigan is a big deal."

It was sweet redemption on Senior Day for the Badgers (8-2, 5-2), who watched last year's promising season unravel after blowing a big lead in the Big House last year. Wisconsin has regained momentum in what is shaping up to be a better-than-expected 2009 campaign, winning three straight after consecutive losses to Ohio State and Iowa.

It was the sixth straight conference setback for the Wolverines (5-6, 1-6), whose miserable Big Ten season just keeps getting worse -- and with a potential bowl bid slipping away, Ohio State awaits next Saturday.

"There's no question we've got one more chance," Rodriguez said. "I've asked the team to be extra focused. We've been focused all year, but this is the biggest game of the year. Our guys know that."

Wisconsin's 45 points were the most the Badgers have ever scored against Michigan.

After the Badgers blew a 19-point lead in a loss to Michigan last year, Badgers defensive end O'Brien Schofield said he wasn't comfortable celebrating the win until the clock hit zero.

"I didn't want to think about that," Schofield said. "Because last year, I was like, 'We are killing these guys, these guys are terrible.' ... That was bad. I had to eat my words."

Tolzien was 16 of 24 for 240 yards with an interception despite spending much of the game under pressure from defensive end Brandon Graham, who had a pair of sacks and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown to give the Wolverines a 17-14 lead just before halftime.

But this time, the second-half letdown that has become this Michigan team's dubious trademark actually began just before halftime, when it allowed the Badgers to drive for a 1-yard touchdown by John Clay.

"We've got to stay focused on what we need to do," Graham said. "Most of the games we were out of our gaps and let big plays happen. It's been killing us."

Nick Toon caught two of Tolzien's touchdown throws for the Badgers, who went to the air early on after putting together monster rushing performances in their previous two games.

Leading 21-17, Wisconsin received the second-half kickoff and marched to the Michigan 15-yard line, where Tolzien threw toward Toon in the end zone. Toon, son of former Badgers and NFL receiver Al Toon, jumped and came down with his second TD of the day despite being interfered with on the play.

Tate Forcier was a solid 20 of 26 for 188 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but it wasn't enough. After a 4-0 start to the season, the Wolverines are reeling heading into their biggest rivalry.

"If I have to spend 10 hours this week watching film, I'm going to do that," Forcier said. "We're going to get the seniors to a bowl game. We're going to come out and do what we need to do to beat Ohio State."

Forcier kept Michigan in the game after Toon's acrobatic touchdown catch, converting a fourth-and-9 play to set up a 10-yard touchdown pass to Roy Roundtree that cut Wisconsin's lead to 28-24 midway through the third.

But the Wolverines defense just couldn't get the stop it needed.

With Wisconsin facing third-and-7 at the Michigan 19, linebacker Stevie Brown burst through the line and Tolzien got rid of the ball just before taking a crunching hit, delivering a 12-yard pass to tight end Garrett Graham to set up first-and-goal at the 7. Tolzien threw a touchdown to tight end Lance Kendricks two plays later, putting Wisconsin up 35-24.

The Badgers were coming off impressive rushing performances in victories over Purdue and Indiana but had a hard time finding yards on the ground against Michigan's defense early on. Michigan held Wisconsin to 53 yards rushing in the first half but couldn't keep it up, as John Clay got 109 of his 151 yards on the ground after halftime.

"Defensively, we are reaching to find an answer to stop people," Rodriguez said.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1528
Total Yards265469
3rd Down Conversions6-156-11
4th Down Conversions1-31-1

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Scoring Summary

TD11:14Garrett Graham 22 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch Kick) 07
TD06:17Vincent Smith 21 Yd Pass From Tate Forcier (Jason Olesnavage Kick) 77
FG14:16Jason Olesnavage 37 Yd 107
TD08:29Nick Toon 8 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch Kick) 1014
TD03:46Ryan Van Bergen 14 Yd Fumble Return (Jason Olesnavage Kick) 1714
TD01:09John Clay 1 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 1721
TD10:03Nick Toon 15 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch Kick) 1728
TD06:59Roy Roundtree 10 Yd Pass From Tate Forcier (Jason Olesnavage Kick) 2428
TD02:08Lance Kendricks 7 Yd Pass From Scott Tolzien (Philip Welch Kick) 2435
TD11:00Scott Tolzien 1 Yd Run (Philip Welch Kick) 2442
FG01:43Philip Welch 28 Yd 2445