#21 Michigan State-#9 Wisconsin: Brutally Honest Game Preview

Meet Wisconsin’s Jay Valai: DB, and Hero of the Badger Victory

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You’ve seen the highlight by now. Wisconsin’s inspired 20-19 win over Arizona State made possible on a blocked PAT that was just supposed to be nothing more than a routine extra point attempt by ASU placekicker Thomas Weber. What would have tied the game turned into a miracle for the Badgers. Coming from the left side of the line was senior S Jay Valai, who jumped a defender and blocked the kick.

“We ran the block, and I ran in and made the play,” Valai said. “The guy gave me a birthday gift. Thank god we made the play, and we won.”

The blocked extra-point left Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson nearly speechless.

By Paul M. Banks

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