NCAA Game Summary - Arizona State at Wisconsin|
(Saturday, September 18th)
Final Score: (11) Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 19
Madison, WI (Sports Network) - Scott Tolzien threw for 246 yards with one
touchdown and Jay Valai was credited with a key blocked extra point late in
the fourth quarter as 11th-ranked Wisconsin escaped Arizona State, 20-19, at
Camp Randall Stadium.
Tolzien completed 19-of-25 passes for the Badgers (3-0), who host Austin Peay
next Saturday in advance of their Big Ten opener on October 2 at Michigan
John Clay rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, and Lance
Kendricks added seven receptions for 131 yards and a score.
Steven Threet went for 211 yards on 21-of-33 completions for the Sun Devils
(2-1), who began the season with wins over Portland State and Northern
Kerry Taylor posted 71 yards on six receptions and Deantre Lewis gained 122
yards on nine carries. Cameron Marshall ran for 35 yards and a touchdown that
got ASU within one, but Thomas Weber's extra point was blocked by Valai.
"The PAT block is normally unheard of in college football," said ASU head
coach Dennis Erickson. "But we had a chance to get the ball back and kick a
field goal to win the game. The sad thing is special teams-wise, we dominated
the football game. In all my career I've never seen something like that. The
bottom line is they got someone through."
Facing a seven-point deficit, the Sun Devils embarked on a 77-yard drive just
before the midway point of the fourth quarter. Marshall picked up an early
first down on a seven-yard run, and Lewis gained a first down on a 23-yard
rush to the Badgers' 22. Four plays later, Mitchell walked in from the two
but Valai got a hand on the extra point and the Badgers held a 20-19 edge.
"That block that we put on there was the only time it's been called," said
Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema of the deciding play. "Actually, I believe
that was the only time it has been called this year. Jay took advantage of the
opportunity he got and put his hand on the ball. It was awesome."
Wisconsin took over on its own 27, and a personal foul on Arizona State
provided a key first down. A play-action completion for 17 yards to Kendricks
on 3rd-and-2 from the Devils' 45 kept the ball moving.
Another first down, this time on a 10-yard rush from Clay on 2nd-and-10 from
the visitors' 28, led to three Tolzien kneel-downs to whittle away the
remainder of the clock.
Philip Welch's 49-yard field goal gave the Badgers a lead with 40 seconds to
play in the first quarter, but Omar Bolden broke free on the kickoff and wound
up with a 97-yard return for a touchdown and 7-3 Sun Devils edge.
Weber drilled a 25-yarder for a seven-point ASU edge early in the second, then
Welch hit from 44 yards out to cap Wisconsin's ensuing drive.
The Badgers hit the break with the lead, as Tolzien connected with Kendricks
on a 14-yard score with 10 seconds to play.
Arizona State's first drive of the second half got it to the Badgers' 18
before a 36-yarder from Weber tied the game, 13-13.
Clay's 19-yard run inside of three minutes to play in the third put Wisconsin
back up 20-13.
ASU had won the two previous meetings, with the last one coming in Tempe back
in 1968...Arizona State begins its Pac-10 slate next Saturday by hosting
Oregon...The Badgers racked up 440 yards of total offense to 380 for the Sun
09/18 23:34:29 ET