When: Saturday, Oct. 4, 11:02 a.m. CDT
Site: Beaver Stadium (107,282) in University Park, Pa.
Broadcasts: ESPN or ESPN plus (depending on baseball playoff coverage), live TV coverage; 43-city Wisconsin Radio Network, live radio coverage.
Wisconsin results to date
Home team in italics (links to UWBadgers.com game stories)
Penn State results to date
Home team in italics (links to GoPSUsports.com game stories)
Nittany Lions versus Wisconsin: The Badgers lead the all-time series 5-3. Wisconsin won the last match up in Happy Valley, 18-6, two seasons ago. Penn State, though, won last season's contest in Madison 34-31. After tallying just 131 yards for the game in 2001, the Nittany Lions garnered 145 in the first quarter last year. Penn State's Larry Johnson accumulated 111 yards rushing and a touchdown on just 14 carries and Zach Mills threw for 287 yards. Brooks Bollinger had 217 yards and two touchdowns passing and also rushed for a touchdown for the Badgers.
Badger Nation 2002 coverage
2003 pregame notes
- Saturday's game is homecoming at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are 60-18-5 all-time and coach Joe Paterno carries a 34-3 career mark in homecoming games.
- Wisconsin's top three tailbacks have run for 1,046 yards and 11 touchdowns in five games this season. Anthony Davis leads with 425 and four, respectively, with Dwayne Smith (411, 4) and Booker Stanley (210, 3) also providing solid production. The Badgers are the only team in the nation with three players who have run for three touchdowns in a single game and the only team with three backs who have rushed for 100 yards in single game. Navy, Minnesota and Troy State are the only other schools in the country with three players who have gained 200 yards rushing this year.
- Against Illinois, Wisconsin effectively ran the ball 60 times for 321 yards, without a single negative yardage attempt. Three plays went into the official statistics as negative runs—a seven-yard loss on a sack of quarterback Jim Sorgi; a team loss of one on a kneel down; and punter R.J. Morse's six-yard loss after he bobbled a deep snap.
- Wisconsin tallied its three longest drives of the season against Illinois Saturday (8:00, 7:15, 7:12)
- Wisconsin's first and fourth quarter dominance Saturday is part of a season-long trend. Wisconsin is outscoring its opponents 52-30 in the first quarter and 48-14 in the fourth quarter. The team is an even 33-33 in the second quarter but has been outscored 41-20 in the third quarter.
- Penn State cornerback Rich Gardner and Wisconsin's Dwayne Smith were teammates at Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago.
- Wisconsin defensive tackle Lyle Maiava played with Nittany Lion quarterback Andy Kubic at St. Louis High School in Honolulu.
- Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez has more wins (96) at one institution than another active Big Ten coach. Penn State's Joe Paterno is second with 91.
- The Nittany Lions and the Badgers are the two least penalized teams in the Big Ten. Penn State is being whistled for just 26.2 penalty yards per game, Wisconsin for 40.4.
- Penn State held Minnesota to season lows in rushing yards (250) and passing yards (71) in a 20-14 loss to the Gophers. Minnesota entered he game averaging 46.7 points per game.
- In relief of quarterback Zach Mills, sophomore Michael Robinson recorded career highs in pass attempts (27), completions (16) and passing yards (178) against the Gophers.
- Penn State fullback Sean McHugh has run just 28 times for 145 yards this season, but has picked up 12 first downs and two touchdowns.
- Penn State leads the nation in passing defense (115.2 yards per game) but is last in the Big Ten in rushing defense (213.2).