The fact of the matter is that MSU should have won that game by multiple scores, but their offense had three 3 and outs in a row which led to Wisky's comeback. Then, when it should have gone into OT, Bret Bielema decides he wants to be gluttonous (big surprise there) and call a timeout on 3rd % 9 with under a minute to go. It wasn't an epic comeback rivalry game as the UM/ND game was. Not to mention, as I'm sure others have mentioned, the average college football fan couldn't care less about Sparty.
"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."