Wisconsin falls to Penn State, 22-10
quick start saw Jonathan Taylor put the Badgers on the board first, but
Wisconsin's offense struggled in a 22-10 loss to No. 21 Penn State.
hurtled down the field on the Badgers' first possession of the game
with a 71-yard scoring run to open up the game. He finished with 185
yards on 20 carries for his ninth game this season topping the 100-yard
mark. However, Badgers quarterback Jack Coan completed only 9 of 20
passes for 60 yards with two interceptions and two lost fumbles.
starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook out due to a head injury, Coan
attempted just four passes in the first half and completed two for 10
yards. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions were able to load up the box and
keep Taylor from getting into the end zone following his first big run.
State's Miles Sanders ran for 159 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries,
and QB Trace McSorley completed 19 of 25 passes for 160 yards and a TD.
DeAndre Thompkins caught a touchdown pass for Penn State (7-3, 4-3 Big
Ten), which held the Badgers (6-4, 4-3) to 125 yards in the second half
and sacked Coan five times.
Jake Pinegar made three field goals
for Penn State while Wisconsin kicker Rafael Gaglianone added the
Badgers' final points midway through the third quarter.
McSorley led back-to-back scoring drives to give the Nittany Lions the
lead for good. He hit Thompkins for a 14-yard touchdown pass to cap an
eight-play drive, then led the offense just past midfield to set up
Pinegar's 49-yard field goal. Sanders added a 1-yard touchdown run
midway through the second.
Zack Baun and Ryan Connelly joined
T.J. Edwards in leading the Badgers' defensive pressure. Baun finished
with 9 tackles, including 2.0 for loss and 1.5 sacks, along with a
forced fumble. Connelly notched 10 tackles with 2.0 for loss, while
Edwards recorded a team-high 14 tackles.
With only two games
left in the regular season, Wisconsin next travels to Purdue on
Saturday, Nov. 17, for its final road game in league play. Kickoff is
set for 2:30 p.m. (CT), with the game airing live on BTN.