STATE COLLEGE — Head coach James Franklin’s Penn State Nittany Lions are 7-3 following Saturday’s 22-10 victory over the visiting Wisconsin Badgers.
As they do every week, PennLive’s Bob Flounders and David Jones discuss the game and what it means moving forward as the Lions prepare for Rutgers.
Check it out above.
Offense: RB Miles Sanders
The Penn State running back had a tremendous day, as he carries 23 times for 159 yards and a touchdown while topping 1,000 rushing yards for the season. The junior was decisive, showed good burst, and had plenty of wiggle to stay away from Wisconsin defenders more often than not en route to averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
Defense: DE Yetur Gross-Matos
The sophomore defensive end might just be Penn State’s best defender. He shined again on Saturday, finishing with five tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. He’s an All-Big Ten pick for sure, and is working his way onto the national radar.
Special teams: K Jake Pinegar
The freshman missed from 45 and had a 44-yard kick blocked, and he also missed an extra point. But, on a very windy day in State College, he also netted a 49-yard yard field goal, tying a career-high, and one from 23 to help lead the Lions to victory.
While one could argue the turning point came when starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook was left in Madison due to a concussion that forced ineffective Jack Coan into action, the game truly changed for good after a 12-play, 50-yard drive ended with a Jake Vinegar 42-yard boot that just cleared the upright and gave Penn State a two-score lead. The Badgers, despite a late chance, would never threaten to take the lead again.
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