Posted by Chip Patterson
Arizona State has gotten a touchdown from their special teams and almost added another just before halftime against No. 7 Wisconsin. The Sun Devils jumped out to an early lead by answering a Wisconsin field goal with a 97 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. When Wisconsin scored their first touchdown with ten seconds left in the half, the special teams almost answered again. Kyle Middlebrook had nothing but green field in front of him as the first half clock expired before he was brought down just short of the end zone.
But in the second half the Badgers powered their way back in front thanks to some hard running from John Clay and James White. Midway through the third quarter, Wisconsin orchestrated an 8 play, 88 yard drive that finished with a 19 yard touchdown run by Clay. It took almost an entire quarter for the Sun Devils to answer, but they finally put together their first drive resulting in a touchdown.
Then, with only an extra point between Arizona State and overtime, they could not get it done. Wisconsin senior cornerback Jay Valai blocked the point-after attempt to deliver the 20-19 win for the Badgers. It was a high note for a special teams unit that had been burned by the Gophers throughout the game. On a Saturday when we expected some serious upsets, the favorites are prevailing.