So it's apropos this outcome would not come to fruition.
Of course, something seemed amiss after Auburn was halted on their first two drives, signaling Wisconsin would not go quietly into the night. However, the Tigers would strike first, benefiting from a field position battle that left Newton and company starting from the 50. Onterio McCalebb started the drive with a dash for 31 yards, followed by a 13-yard pass from Newton to Terrell Zachery. Mario Fannin capped it off with a bowling 1-yard plunge to put the Tigers up 7-0.
Wisconsin would answer with a 66-yard campaign of their own, highlighted by some lasers from senior Scott Tolzien and 13-yard runs from running backs John Clay and Montee Ball. The drive culminated with a 9-yard sprint from Ball up the middle to even the score at seven. Following a blocked punt, Wisconsin added a 27-yard FG from Philip Welch to take a 10-7 lead. But in case the Badgers forgot, Newton quickly reminded Bret Bielema's squad why he was honored with the Heisman. The Tiger QB marched Auburn into the end zone thanks to an 11-yard floater to wideout Emory Blake. But the celebration was short-lived as kicker Wes Byrum's point after attempt went awry. Wisconsin capitalized on the Tiger miscue and added a Ball touchdown to bring the score to 17-13 at half.
The third quarter was much ado about nothing, as both team's defenses kept the opponents at bay. Byrum and Welch traded field goals as Wisconsin maintained a 20-16 lead heading into the fourth.
The beginning of the final quarter mirrored the third's proceedings, as the Auburn offense stalled at the 20, bringing on a Byrum field goal to cut the deficit to 20-19. But Badger back Ball decided to end the kicking ennui by breaking out a 65-yard gallop, bringing Wisconsin inside the 10. A few plays later, Tolzien found Isaac Anderson off of a play-action for six, giving the Badgers a 27-19 advantage. Auburn decided to join in the offensive explosion, as less than a minute later, as Fannin took a carry 55 yards to the promised land. The 2-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 27-25.
With the Badgers and Tigers exchanging back-to-back-to-back punts, Auburn found itself with 4:33 left and a chance to take the lead. Starting at their own 28, the Tigers stuck on the ground to get into Badger territory. Unable to attain another first down, Byrum knocks down a clutch 46-yard boot to put Auburn on top 28-27 with 1:16 to play.
Alas, the unbeaten season for the Tigers was not to be, as Tolzien engineered a masterpiece of a drive, going 4-for-4 for 56 yards to bring Wisconsin down to the Tigers' 16-yard line. Welch slipped one in between the uprights as time expired to give the Badgers and much-maligned Big Ten the victory, 30-28
Player of the game: Montee Ball (129 rush yds, 2 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Wisconsin 50.9% - Auburn 49.1%