Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Nittany Lions Routed By Badgers 45-7

Penn State came up short in its bid for a spot in the Big Ten championship game. Way short.

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Michigan State Spartans Vs. Wisconsin Badgers, Big Ten Championship Game 2011

The first ever Big Ten Championship Game will pit the Leaders Division winner, the Wisconsin Badgers (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten), against the Legends Division winner, the Michigan State Spartans (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten), next Saturday night at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis.

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Penn State Bowl Projections: Gator Bowl Wants Ohio State

Penn State's bowl destination remains uncertain following its 45-7 defeat against Wisconsin on Saturday in Madison, but if the Gator Bowl has its choice, the Nittany Lions won't be heading there. The Orlando Sentinel's Rachel George reports officials have their eye on another Big Ten team, Ohio State.

Just spoke w/ Gator Bowl prez Rick Catlett, who says Former Urban Meyers (#Gators) vs. Future Urban Meyers (#OSU) is the game it wants.
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The Buckeyes, after their loss to Michigan on Saturday, are just 6-6. A matchup with Florida, former team of reported new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and opponent in the 2006 national championship game, clearly contains too many story lines for bowl officials to pass up.

And so, it would appear you can cross Jacksonville off the list of potential landing sports for Penn State come bowl season.

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Nittany Lions Throttled, 45-7

The season came apart in grand fashion for Penn State on Saturday afternoon against Wisconsin.

The Badgers clobbered the Nittany Lions, 45-7 in the de facto Big Ten Leaders Division championship game and will take on Michigan State in the inagural Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3.

Penn State struck first on a long pass from Matthew McGloin to Curtis Drake in the first quarter, but it was all Wisconsin after that. Badgers' running back Montee Ball rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries while quarterback Russell Wilson 19/29 for 186 yards and a pair of scores to lead the passing game.

McGloin finished 9/17 for 97 yards, a touchdown and an interception to lead Penn State's passing game. Silas Redd keyed the Lions' ground attack with 66 yards on 12 carries.

The defeat was Penn State's worst in regulation since a 45-6 loss against Ohio State on Sept. 23, 2000.

The Lions will now await their uncertain bowl fate. Their 9-3 record is good enough to be slotted as high as the Capital One Bowl, however, the specter of scandal could drop them to some of the Big Ten's lower-tier tie-ins or out of a bowl game altogether.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for more on the fallout of Saturday's game.

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Penn State Vs. Wisconsin Score Update: Nittany Lions Trail 42-7 Entering Fourth Quarter

The Penn State Nittany Lions dug themselves a hole before halftime with turnovers, setting up the Wisconsin Badgers in scoring range. It happened again on the first drive of the second half when Silas Redd fumbled the ball, giving it right back to the Badgers. After two long completions by quarterback Russell Wilson, Montee Ball ran the ball in from 9 yards out for his third touchdown of the day. 

On the Lions ensuing drive, PSU marched 45 yards down the field to the Wisconsin 25-yard line, but a failure to convert a fourth down gave the ball right back to the Badgers, who went just 14 yards before themselves turning the ball over to PSU. 

It looked like the Lions would put some points on the board and mount a comeback on an 89-yard touchdown run by Stephfon Greene, but it was called back for an illegal block. The Lions then went three and out, giving the ball back to the Badgers who continued the route. It took just three plays that went a total of 45 yards and ended on an 18-yard touchdown run by Montee Ball, his fourth of the day, to put the Badgers up 42-7.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Wisconsin blog Bucky's Fifth Quarter. Here's the complete Week 13 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Penn State Vs. Wisconsin: Badgers Take 14 Point Lead Into Halftime

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Wisconsin Badgers were all knotted up at 7-7 when the first quarter ended, but the Badgers were on the goal line as the second quarter started. Running back Montee Ball punched the ball in on the 1-yard touchdown run to put the Badgers up 14-7.

On Penn State's next drive, it was killed early by back to back penalties, forcing the Nittany Lions to go three-and-out. The PSU defense held strong against Russell Wilson and the Badgers offense, forcing a punt after six plays on the next drive. Once again however, PSU couldn't do much on the drive going three-and-out again.

On the Badgers following drive, the Russell Wilson show started. The Wisconsin quarterback engineered an 11-play, 83-yard touchdown drive. Montee Ball once again punched the ball in to take a 21-7 lead on the Nittany Lions. On the kick off, disaster struck for PSU as Michael Zordich fumbled the ball, allowing the Badgers to recover in PSU territory.

It took just six plays for Russell Wilson to connect with Nick Toon for a touchdown, putting the Badgers up 28-7. It will be tough for Penn State's offense to catch up with that score, but their defense is going to have to slow down Wilson and the rest of the Badgers offense to have a chance.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Wisconsin blog Bucky's Fifth Quarter. Here's the complete Week 13 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Penn State Vs. Wisconsin Score Update: Game Locked Up 7-7

The Penn State Nittany Lions took the lead over the Wisconsin Badgers early on, in a game where the winner punches their ticket to the first ever Big Ten championship game. The Lions struck first on the scoreboard with a Matthew McGloin touchdown pass to Curtis Drake for 44-yards and the 7-0 lead. McGloin is on pace to throw for over 200 yards, completing 3 of 5 for 53 yards in the first quarter.

Wisconsin battled back however, as quarterback Russel Wilson connected on a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jared Abbrederis to tie the game up at 7 all. Wilson is already getting on a roll for the Badgers and if the Nittany Lions want to make it to the championship game, they'll need to contain him.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Wisconsin blog Bucky's Fifth Quarter. Here's the complete Week 13 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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College Football Schedule, Week 13: Penn State And Wisconsin Battle For Spot In Big Ten Championship Game

The Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) travel to Madison, Wisconsin Saturday afternoon to face the Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 5-2) with a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on the line. The winner of Saturday's matchup will face the Michigan State Spartans in the title game next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The game is most likely to be decided by the winner of the "Wisconsin offense versus Penn State defense" battle. The Nittany Lions allow just 13.0 points per game and have allowed 20 or more points just twice this season. The Badgers prolific offense averages 44.8 points and 479.5 yards per game on the year.

Here is the full slate of Big Ten games in Week 13:

No. 20 Penn State at No. 15 Wisconsin [3:30 p.m., ESPN] - Visit this Storystream for more on the Nittany Lions vs. Badgers matchup.

Ohio State at No. 17 Michigan [12:00 p.m., ABC] - The Wolverines look to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Buckeyes. Michigan has been outscored 218-108 in those last seven games, and last defeated Ohio State in 2003.

No. 11 Michigan State at Northwestern [12:00 p.m., BTN] - The Spartans await the winner of Penn State and Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game, perhaps meaning Michigan State players will overlook Northwestern Saturday afternoon.

Purdue at Indiana [3:30 p.m., BTN] - Indiana has had a putrid season, but they currently own the Old Oaken Bucket. Can they earn their first conference win of the year and keep the Bucket in Bloomington?

Illinois at Minnesota [3:30 p.m., BTN] - Illinois has lost five straight games, and a loss to the woeful Golden Gophers could mean an end to the Ron Zook Era.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Wisonsin blog Bucky's Fifth Quarter. Here's the complete Week 13 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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Penn State Vs. Wisconsin Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After an upset win over Ohio State last weekend, the Nittany Lions travel to Madison with the Leaders division title on the line. Outland and Bednarik finalist Devon Still and the PSU defense will have their hands full with an explosive Wisconsin offense, led by quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball. The Bagders' running back has already broken the Big Ten's single season touchdown record, with 30 trips to the end zone in 2011.

But the PSU defense, led by Still, should be up for the challenge as they're holding opponents to only 13 points per game. The Nittany Lions have blown out the Badgers in their last two meetings. While that is not likely to be the case on Saturday, a win tomorrow would set up a date with the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten title game.

Here's everything you need to know about Saturday's matchup between Penn State and Wisconsin:

Game date, time: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, Nov. 26

Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison

TV channel: ESPN

Spread: Badgers favored by 14.5

Series history: Badgers lead, 8-6

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Wisconsin Blog, Bucky's Fifth Quarter. Here’s the complete Week 12 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Nittany Lions' Banged Up Backs To Face Badgers

The grind of a long college football season has taken its toll on Penn State's backfield ahead of its de facto Big Ten Leaders Division Championship game against Wisconsin on Saturday in Madison.

Starter Silas Redd, who posted five straight 100-yard games to open the Big Ten season, has been slowed by a collarbone injury suffered against Nebraska on Nov. 12. The sophomore was injured in the first half and sputtered to 53 yards on 15 carries against the Cornhuskers before seeing only eight carries for 63 yards against Ohio State last weekend. Coach Tom Bradley said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that he expects Redd to play at Wisconsin, but not take contact this week in practice.

Senior Brandon Beachum, who held the role of Redd's primary back through Penn State's 14-10 win at Temple on Sept. 17, has been banged up, too. He sprained his ankle ahead of the Lions' 34-6 win against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 24 and didn't see the field again until Oct. 29 against Illinois. He hasn't been much of a factor since his return.

Luckily for Penn State, senior Stephfon Green and Curtis Dukes have stepped up at key moments to relieve their injured teammates. Green picked up Redd this past weekend at Ohio State by rushing for 93 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Dukes also served admirably as Redd's backup while Beachum was injured and before Green was welcomed back from a suspension for violating team rules. The sophomore carried nine times for 54 yards against Indiana on Oct. 1, then nine times for 60 yards against Iowa on Oct. 8.

Dukes remains the team's second leading rusher, and though he hasn't seen action in the last three games with Green's emergence, Bradley is hopeful he'll be able to help the Lions again in the future.

"I've talked to Curtis about that," Bradley said. "I think he's going to be a good back some day. Some of it's been based on ball security, which is a big thing for us. We can't afford turnovers. And I've talked to Curtis about that, but he's going to be a good back some day and he's going to get his chance soon."

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Tom Bradley Praises Badgers' Russell Wilson

Wisconsin's offense boasts multiple stars from running back Montee Ball, who has rushed for 1466 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, to wide receivers Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis, who have both caught for at least 656 yards and are approaching 50 receptions each.

The player that ties all the group together, however, is quarterback Russell Wilson, who has had a stellar season for the Badgers since transferring from N.C. State over the summer.

Through 11 games, Wilson has 73.6% of his passes for 2,506 yards and 26 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Heading into this weekend's de facto Big Ten Leaders Division championship game against Penn State, he sits at the helm of the highest scoring team in the conference at 44.8 points per game.

For that reason, interim Nittany Lion head coach Tom Bradley had some high praise for Wilson at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

"Wilson...wow," Bradley said. "Anytime you're completing [almost] 80 percent of your passes, 25 touchdowns, three interceptions, he's about as efficient a quarterback as I've seen in a long time. Decision making, excellent. Everything he's done for that football team...obviously his leadership skills have been unquestionable walking in there as a guy from another team and to be able to take that team like he has, he must have tremendous leadership skills."

Bradley's defense, allowing just 13 points per game, will look to slow Wilson and his cavalcade of stars down in Madison at 3:30 on Saturday.

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Nittany Lions Look To Fix Short Yardage Woes

While Penn State's offense has run the ball relatively well in its last two games against Nebraska and Ohio State, racking up 166 and 239 yards in each game respectively, the Nittany Lions have struggled mightily in some critical short yardage situations.

Against Nebraska, Penn State faced a 4th-and-1 with under two minutes to play in the game, trailing by three points. Quarterback Matthew McGloin handed off to running back Silas Redd, who was stuffed on the left side for no gain. Nebraska took the ball on downs and held on to deal Penn State its first Big Ten loss of the season.

Against Ohio State, the Lions had a 1st-and-goal from the Buckeyes' 2-yardline and failed to score after two fullback runs by Michael Zordich, a quarterback sneak by McGloin and a dive attempt by Redd. A touchdown would have made the score 27-14 late in the second half, but instead, Ohio State was allowed to hang around in what would be a one-possession game to the final gun.

This week, Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley said he hopes to correct some of those problems as his team prepares to take on Wisconsin in the de facto Big Ten Leaders Division championship game this weekend.

"In crucial situations, we've got to get things done," Bradley told reporters at his weekly press conference on Tuesday. "We've got to be mentally smart down on the goal line. I told the players before the game everybody's got to man up. That includes me. I told them on second down, I said, 'It's done. Fourth down, you're going for it. I'm not going to flinch.' I thought that was a chance for us to put the game away."

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Stephfon Green, Anthony Fera Making Impact

Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno suspended both running back Stephfon Green and kicker/punter Anthony Fera in the preseason for violations of team rules in the offseason, and while both have missed time as a result, they've come on later in the season to make a big impact for the Nittany Lions. 

Fera was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time this season after drilling key field goal attempts of 43 and 46 yards against Ohio State, which proved to be the difference in Penn State's 20-14 win at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. He also made some key punts that pinned the Buckeyes deep in their own territory to start several drives.

Green helped relieve injured starter Silas Redd by carrying 16 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns, including a 39-yard run for a score early in the first quarter that gave the Lions a lead they would maintain all afternoon.

Both made such an impact that it'd be fair to wonder where the Lions would be without them.

Since taking over as interim head coach two weeks ago, Tom Bradley has tried to keep an open mind about past transgressions, and is happy to have both players back, especially Green who didn't see action until the Iowa game on Oct. 8. and has been in a reduced role for much of the season. 

"Everybody's got a clean slate," Bradley told reporters at his weekly press conference on Tuesday. "He's worked hard, he's been great with the team, he's been a leader and he's done everything I asked him to do."

With Redd still banged up and not taking hits in practice this week, Green figures to get more playing time against Wisconsin this weekend in the de facto Big Ten Leaders Division championship game.

A game day approaches, he just hopes he can put his past behind him and help the team on its road to the Rose Bowl.

"I'm just taking advantage of every opportunity I get," Green said after the win against Ohio State. "I messed up, I've learned from my mistakes, I'm just keeping my head straight and going forward."

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Nittany Lions To Share Holiday Together

Unlike most people this Thanksgiving, members of the Penn State football team won't be heading home to celebrate with friends and family. Instead, they'll remain in Happy Valley to prepare for their de facto Big Ten Leaders Division championship game against Wisconsin this coming Saturday in Madison.

Coach Tom Bradley said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, however, that players and coaches will get to celebrate the holiday as a team.

"We have a Thanksgiving dinner planned for them," Bradley said. "I'm going to take them to a movie on Wednesday night. We'll see how that goes. I guess the NCAA said we're allowed to give them free popcorn and a coke, so that's a good start. We did rent out the whole theater so it'll just be us."

The coach said he has other activities planned in the absence of classes this week as well, though he noted he's going to try and keep the team schedule as close to normal as possible.

Taking a break to see "Immortals" starring Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke, however, will be a welcomed distraction respite from the task of preparing for Penn State's biggest game of the season on Saturday.

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Coaches Praise Devon Still

Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still's monster senior season has earned him acclaim from across the college football world. On Monday, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound force was named a finalist for both the Bednarik Award, presented to the nation's best defensive player, and the Outland Trophy, awarded to the nation's best interior lineman.

As the Nittany Lions prepare to face Wisconsin this weekend in the de facto Big Ten Leaders Division championship game, Badgers coach Bret Bielema has taken notice, too.

"Wherever he's at, and whatever the blocking scheme is, I think you've got to be cognizant of how you're blocking him, and what you're doing," Bielema told reporters on Monday. "He's a big guy that can move extremely well. He's got a very quick first step. I always admire that in defensive linemen, how fast they can penetrate the line of scrimmage."

Still has racked up 16.5 tackles for loss, including 15 solo tackles for loss, a figure that leads the Big Ten. He has also racked up 53 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Along with fellow defensive tackle Jordan Hill, Still has been a key cog in a defense allowing the third fewest points per game nationally.

As he prepares to play his final regular season game in blue and white, however, Penn State interim head coach Tom Bradley said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday that it's Still's off-field contributions that make him a memorable player.

"He's been playing great," Bradley said. "I'm going to remember him for his great leadership off the field with the players, the way he's handled the team. The way he's been taking those guys under his wing and making sure that everybody does the right thing, and what happens is, nobody gets to see that side of it, they just see him on the field. He spends a lot of time in that locker room off the field communicating, making sure we're on the right page."

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Penn State vs. Wisconsin: Badgers Prepare For Nittany Lions' Wildcat

As Penn State prepares to face Wisconsin, the Badgers will look to halt the new wrinkle in the Nittany Lions' offense.

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