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UW offensive guard Beau Benzschawel lifts Corey Clement after one of the running back's two touchdowns against Michigan State on Saturday. Offensive lineman Brett Connors (64), Michael Deiter and Ryan Ramczyk (65) are on their way to join the celebration.

GAME BALL

T.J. Watt – The junior outside linebacker finished with 3½ tackles for loss, 2½ sacks, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup to spark a UW defense that held Michigan State without a touchdown.

THUMBS UP

UW’s secondary: A week after a rough outing vs. Georgia State, the Badgers’ four starting defensive backs bounced back by making several big plays. Strong safety D’Cota Dixon forced the fumble that free safety Leo Musso returned 66 yards for a touchdown, while cornerbacks Sojourn Shelton and Derrick Tindal each registered an interception.

THUMBS DOWN

UW’s running game: The Badgers averaged 3.0 yards per carry, though senior tailback Corey Clement found some room after halftime and finished with two touchdowns.

BY THE NUMBERS

11-1 – UW’s record in its last 12 Big Ten road games, including a 5-0 mark under coach Paul Chryst.

2 – victories over Top 10 teams this season for the Badgers, marking the first time a Big Ten team has accomplished that feat by Oct. 1 since Penn State did it in 1999.

24 – UW’s margin of victory, marking the most-lopsided defeat at home for Michigan State since a 42-13 loss to Penn State on Nov. 21, 2009.

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Jim Polzin covers Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball for the Wisconsin State Journal.