Oct. 27, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Playing in its first overtime game of the season, the Wisconsin football team saw its 21-game home win streak snapped in a 16-13 OT loss to Michigan State at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday afternoon. The loss is UW’s first at home since Oct. 17, 2009.
For head coach Bret Bielema, it was just the fourth time in 48 home games the Badgers have suffered a loss under his watch.
“Very tough, very tough,” Bielema reflected of the loss.
“I think this group, after what we've been through earlier in the year, felt they were on a mission to get to a special place and those things are still in front of us.”
Bielema doesn’t see Saturday’s result as a setback to the ultimate goal.
“I think the options that we had before today are still there as far as getting to where we want to be, but we just like winning,” Bielema continued. “7-2 sounds better than 6-3, so we just got to make sure we don't lose anybody along the way, be smart, take care of ourselves, get ourselves healthy and take advantage of the bye week as best we can and get ready to play on the road at Indiana.”
Stave shines in first half
Quarterback Joel Stave completed 9-of-11 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown – recording a season-best pass efficiency rating of 208.8 -- before being sidelined early in the second half with a left shoulder injury.
It was an improved performance that the redshirt freshman had been working on Bielema said.
“He (Stave) definitely threw the ball well,” Bielema noted. “We’ve been on him to try and get rid of the football when he's feeling pressure.
“I can't remember the exact semantics of the play he got hurt on but I know they had him covered up and he just wished he could have gotten rid of the football quicker.”
• Junior WR Jared Abbrederis finished with four receptions for 48 yards, moving past College Football Hall of Famer Pat Richter (1960-62) for ninth on UW’s all-time receiving yards list with 1,897. Abbrederis is just 77 yards shy of tying Lee DeRamus for eighth.
• Senior CB Devin Smith finished with a career-high three pass breakups. Smith also forced a fumble and finished with seven total tackles.
• With eight tackles, senior LB Mike Taylor surpassed Reggie Holt (1990-93) for 11th on the Badgers’ career tackles list with 346.