Oct 15, 2022; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen (0) reaches for the goal line against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Young-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers lose 34-28 in double OT to Michigan State

Wisconsin Badgers lose 34-28 in double OT to Michigan State

The honeymoon era of Jim Leonhard at the helm may already be over for some Badger fans. Certainly a winnable game for the Wisconsin Badgers today, they lost in double overtime to a struggling Michigan State team 34-28.

Too Many Miscues

Wisconsin could not overcome their mistakes in this game. Not only did they have 8 penalties for 72 yards, they had two pivotal turnovers that led to huge Michigan State touchdowns. Graham Mertz first interception was backed up in Wisconsin territory which led to a touchdown. A pass interference on 4th down led to a touchdown, and finally the nail in the coffin was a fumble from Braelon Allen that led to the game winning touchdown.

Not only did the Badgers have too many mistakes, they also had some questionable play calling. Too many times were the Wisconsin cornerbacks left in one on one against these Michigan State receivers. Unfortunately, the Badgers were not winning these matchups and it cost them by giving up some big plays. I’m curious to know if Jim Leonhard is still calling the majority of defensive plays. If so, you gotta question some of those calls especially on that game winning touchdown.

Wisconsin Badgers 0ffensive Inconsistencies

The offense was way too inconsistent today for them to win this game. Aside from the two turnovers that have already been mentioned. Mertz was all over the place today with his throws. He would make a throw that would make you scratch your head, but then respond with a great throw like on the fourth and goal. It speaks to the progress that Mertz has made, but the Badgers will need him to be much more consistent as the season goes on.

I can’t remember the last time I have seen the offensive line struggle like they have this year. After the news broke about Logan Brown being dismissed from the team, this group had one of their worst games of the year. Pass protection today seemed to be lackluster and is what led to Mertz almost throwing a couple of interceptions. Add that to the continuous holding and false starts, it’s simply weird to see the Wisconsin Badgers have a subpar offensive line.

Love the Effort

One thing I have to applaud this group on and especially coach Leonhard is this teams fight. There were nuemoerous times today where I thought to myself, the Badgers might roll over and take this loss. They continued to make plays and fight until the very end. I can always appreciate that effort and attitude. It seems to be the cornerstone of what Jim Leonhard wants to bring to this program and I for one can get behind that.

What’s Next for Wisconsin?

Wisconsin has to move on from this loss as they have Purdue visiting Madison next weekend. 2:30 PM kickoff on ESPN.


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How to watch: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan State Spartans

How to watch, listen, and stream the Wisconsin Badgers vs. Michigan State Spartans

The Wisconsin Badgers (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) will head to East Lansing to take on the Michigan State Spartans (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin heads into Saturday coming off a blowout victory over the Northwestern Wildcats. The Badgers logged their first victory in conference play in that matchup. Wisconsin’s running back room suffered a huge loss last weekend as Chez Mellusi went down with a wrist injury. He is currently listed as out indefinitely, and Wisconsin now faces a challenge with their rushing attack.

Michigan State is looking to secure its first victory in conference play. The Spartans have looked out of sorts after three consecutive losses to Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio State. Michigan State is facing a tough battle with injuries to their team. MSU will need to slow Wisconsin’s momentum as the Badgers look to secure their second consecutive victory.

Let’s take a look at where you can watch, stream, and listen to Saturday afternoon’s showdown:


Where: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan

When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. CST

Where to watch: FOX

Where to stream: Fox Sports App or foxsports.com/live

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Where to listen: Badgers Sports Network on the iHeartRadio app or Sirius Satellite Radio XM 195

Play-by-play: Matt Lepay

Analyst: Mike Lucas


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