Penn State 22, Wisconsin 10
What Happened: Wisconsin got a 71-yard Jonathan Taylor touchdown run on its first possession, and that was about it. The offense managed just a 28-yard field goal the rest of the way, and that was more than enough for a Penn State offense that took the lead in the first quarter and didn’t have any issues the rest of the way.
Trace McSorley was banged up, but he managed a 14-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Thompkins. Miles Sanders ran for a score, and Jake Pinegar hit three field goals.
What Mattered: Tommy Stevens got in at QB for Penn State, but he didn’t throw a pass and ran for 25 yards. McSorley completed 19-of-25 passes for 160 yards and a score. Miles Sander ran for 159 yards and a touchdown.
– Jonathan Taylor finished with 185 yards and a score on 20 carries, but the Badgers simply can’t throw with Jack Coan under center. Alex Hornibrook was out, and Coan finished completed 9-of-20 passes for 60 yards with two picks.
– The Badgers managed just 269 yards and turned it over four times – they couldn’t handle the Penn State defensive front and the pressure into the backfield. The Nittany Lions had the ball for just 34 minutes.
What It All Means: Amazingly enough, this loss didn’t end the Wisconsin Big Ten West dream – and then Northwestern did just that with its win over Iowa. However, with no passing game – Coan just can’t do anything – it’s going to be a fight to get by Purdue and even Minnesota. The defense was fine against the Nittany Lions, but it got no help from the offense after the first drive.
– The Nittany Lions bounced back nicely from the ugly loss to Michigan. The Badgers were one dimensional, and the Penn State D line turned it loose. Now, with Rutgers and Maryland to close out, there’s a great chance to finish third in the division. That might not sound like much, but a ten-win season is still on the table.