Sept. 24, Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan

Record: 4-0 (1-0 Big Ten)

EAST LANSING, Mich. — University of Wisconsin safeties D’Cota Dixon and Leo Musso, both former high school running backs, often argue over which one would be better with the ball in their hands.

It wasn’t until Dixon watched Musso’s highlight tapes from his days at Waunakee High that Dixon believed Musso was once a record-breaker out of the backfield.

Musso may have settled the score when the two combined for one of the Badgers’ biggest plays of the season Saturday as No. 11 UW crushed eighth-ranked Michigan State 30-6 at Spartan Stadium.

Dixon laid a smashing blow on Spartans running back L.J. Scott early in the third quarter, popping the ball loose and allowing Musso to enjoy a 66-yard touchdown return that included a nifty spin move around MSU quarterback Tyler O’Connor at the 40-yard line.

"I definitely saw the ball in his hands today,” Dixon said. "He definitely proved me wrong. I was amazed."

Even more amazed were the 75,505 in attendance and many more watching on television, as the Badgers used the momentum from that play to pull away from the Spartans for their second win over a top-10 opponent in the first four weeks of the season.


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