#PSUvsWIS: Lions Topple Badgers in Stunner

Penn State's first true road win of the year came in the form of a stunning 31-24 upset over No. 15 Wisconsin at Camp Randall.

Penn State takes on Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday, looking to end its 2013 season with a win against a heavily favored opponent.

Keep up to speed with what is going on in our quarter-by-quarter report. When the game is complete, we will convert this file into a wrap-up.

PREGAME: Temperatures are in the high 30s and there is a slight wind. It is very sunny. … RB Bill Belton is dressed and warming up after missing last week's game with strep throat. … KR Von Walker is dressed and warming up after missing last week's game with a concussion. ... Freshman LB Brandon Bell is warming up with the first team.


Not many gave Penn State a chance before kick-off in Madison, and not many expected for the Lions to score first. Yet, they did, and have a chance heading into the second quarter. The visitors lead Wisconsin 7-0 after the first 15 minutes.

State scored in rapid fashion for one of the first times in this 2013 season, as a rolling out Christian Hackenberg tossed to tight end Adam Breneman for a 68-yard score with less than two minutes gone in the first. The Lions would then force the Badgers off the field twice without points on their first two drives, but Wisconsin did get a reprieve when it blocked Sam Ficken's 34-yard try. Bill O'Brien had called for a fourth and inches play, but an false start on tackle Eric Shrive ended those thoughts.

Penn State's defense was stout in the opening stanza, allowing just 50 total yards to the Badgers, 42 of which have came on the ground. Wisconsin is driving to start the second quarter.


Wisconsin scored twice in the second quarter, Penn State once, leading to a 14-14 tie at halftime in Camp Randall.

The Badgers recovered from State's opening score when quarterback Joel Stave found Brian Wozniak for a four-yard score moments into the second, and took its first lead when Stave found Jeff Duckworth for a 20-yard TD strike across the middle. It was the second such time on that 11 plays, 77 yard drive that the Lions allowed a deep over the middle reception, including a ghastly 3rd and 16 completion to keep the sticks moving for the hosts.

State would bounce back before the half, as Hackenberg, in the midst of a career best in the first half, tosses a three-yard strike to a wide-open Eugene Lewis, who Wisconsin neglected to cover. Badger head coach Gary Andersen vehemently demanded a time-out and berated the officials afterward, but he'd have no luck in changing the outcome of the play, which pulled Penn State even.

Hackenberg has been near flawless, registering a 13 of 16 for 221 yards and two touchdown half that gives him the 9th 200-yard passing day of his career. The Lions ground attack has done little, rushing for just 16 yards, 14 of which came from Zach Zwinak. On the other sideline, Stave is 10 of 17 for 117 yards and two scores, while Wisconsin's vaunted rushing attack has been limited to just 84 yards.

Adrian Amos has hardly played for State, the corner that O'Brien said was dealing with a sprained foot during his Tuesday news conference. Wisconsin will receive to open the second half.


Penn State led 24-14 at the end of three, the benefactors of a Jesse James seven-yard touchdown grab and 28-yard Sam Ficken field goal.

State has stifled the Badgers at every turn, perhaps the biggest a C.J. Olaniyan interception of Stave forced by a blitz from linebacker Brandon Bell that set up Ficken's boot.


Penn State may have tested fate in the final 15 minutes of play at Camp Randall, but ultimately, it was victorious.

Wisconsin put a brief scare into the visitors with a five-yard Stave touchdown pass to Wozniak and a Jack Russel 48-yard field goal (a career long) in the final minutes of play, but it was not enough to overcome what was at one time a 17 point fourth quarter deficit, as Ryan Keiser intercepted a Stave pass in the endzone to finish off the Badgers.

The win, Penn State's first on the road in over a year, came on a day where Hackenberg finished 21 of 30 for 339 yards and four scores, and was paced by a rushing attack led by Zwinak's 115 yards on 2 22 carries. The back ripped off a magnificent 62-yard run with State facing 3rd and 9 in the fourth to put the Lions in field-goal position, though it was wasted when Sam Ficken's boot when wide right. Zwinak finished just shy of the 1,000-yard mark for the second year in a row, finishing the season with 989 yards.

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