The Play of the Year in college football came courtesy of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver Keith Nichol, but Bret Bielema also played a role.
If the Wisconsin coach hadn't called timeouts in an effort to regain possession, Michigan State likely wouldn't have had an opportunity for the Hail Mary heave that beat the Badgers 37-31.
To recap: Bielema used a timeout with 42 seconds left after Wisconsin sacked Cousins to set up a second-and-20. After Michigan State gained 12 yards, Bielema used another timeout with 30 seconds left. The Spartans converted on third-and-8 with an 11-yard pass and added a 9-yard pass before calling timeout with 10 seconds left.
Bielema defended his decision after the game and elaborated on
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