TURNING POINT: Early in the second quarter, with Penn State leading 14-0 and Wisconsin knocking on the door at the Lion 5, Badger QB John Stocco rolled right and — feeling pressure from Hali — threw a pass toward TE Owen Daniels in the back of the end zone. Senior corner Alan Zemaitis went high for an interception. State's offense responded with an 80-yard TD drive to give State a 21-0 lead.
STRATA-GEM: PSU defensive coordinator Tom Bradley changed up his blitzes often in the first half, preventing the veteran Stocco from ever finding a rhythm. The junior was 7 of 15 with two picks through 30 minutes. In the second half, PSU generated an awesome pass rush using only the front four.
NUMBERS GAME: Penn State held Wisconsin — WISCONSIN — to minus-11 yards rushing. Wow.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: Wisconsin's offense, which came in leading the Big Ten in scoring (39.7 ppg), did not tally a point until Brian Calhoun popped a 1-yard TD with 12:27 left in the game.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Calvin Lowry, whose punt-return ability has been called into question often in this space this year, popped a career-long 43-yarder in the second quarter. Nice to see a class act get the last laugh.
WHAT'S UP WITH: The Big Ten officials not calling holding (ask Hali, who needs a tear-away jersey) and giving these crazy spots?
HIT SQUAD: Lots of good sticks for the Lions. But we liked senior safety Chris Harrell stopping Daniels in his tracks after a catch and short run in the third quarter. The play forced a Badger punt. Offensively, has Joe Paterno ever had a more punishing runner than Tony Hunt?
HEADS-UP: PSU kicker Kevin Kelly, though only 5-foot-7, 170, continues to impress with his physical play. He stopped a streaking Brandon Williams cold on State's first kickoff.
HIDDEN HERO: Will give this one to a group. The PSU offensive line had another strong all-around effort.
LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Before Zemaitis' key interception, Hali was knocked to the ground. He scrambled to his feet and pressured Stocco, who made the bad pass. A great example of the hustle that makes Hali a great player.
BEST LINE: When Paterno and Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez met on the field before the game, Paterno greeted his counterpart by saying, You still have a fat [rear end]. Paterno has often joked that he did not recruit Alvarez when he was a high school star in Pennsylvania because he was a tad overweight.
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