Five stars of the game

Every game has stars, here are the top five from the Badgers 30-23 win over the Nittany Lions

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Number 5: Wisconsin cornerback Scott Starks Starks followed up his stellar performance against Illinois a week ago with a very good showing against the Nittany Lions, especially in the first half. Starks was credited with three pass breaks ups in the first half, all on shots down field from the Nittany Lions. Penn State accumulated a lot of yards passing, but few in Starks direction. The Badger corner, though, was called for interference in the second half, and was one of the defensive backs who failed to knock down Penn State's end of game desperation heave. Still, Starks deserves credit for how well he covered for most of the contest.


Number 4: Wisconsin safety/punt returner Jim LeonhardLeonhard made one of the game's biggest plays with a 65-yard punt return for touchdown in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions last touchdown, a five-yard pass to receiver Gerald Smith, came with Leonhard on coverage. Leonhard, though, was credited with a pass defended on Penn State's next throw when he hit receiver Tony Johnson and knocked the ball free. Leonhard also had four tackles Saturday.


Number 3: Penn State tight end Matt Kranchick—Wisconsin simply could not cover Kranchick, who made a series of big plays, none more so that his 73-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter. Kranchik finished with four receptions for 136 yards and his first career touchdown reception.


Number 2: Penn State quarterback Michael RobinsonRobinson never let up Saturday, making a series of big throws. Every time Wisconsin looked on the brink of putting the game away, Robinson orchestrated a drive to put Penn State within striking distance. Robinson could not get his running game going, garnering only 19 yards with his legs, but his arm was lethal—22 of 43 passing for 379 yards and two touchdowns.


Number 1: Wisconsin tailback Booker StanleyFor the second time in three weeks Stanley entered a game in relief, tallied 119 yards and earned player of the game honors. Stanley picked up all of his 24 carries and 119 yards in the second half. His six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter came at the end of a 13-play, 80-yard drive that featured Stanley nine times. The drive's final five plays and 32 yards all belonged to Stanley. Late in the game, with Wisconsin obviously looking to run and keep the clock moving, the Badgers turned time and again to Stanley, who picked up key first downs in the stretch drive. He also had 119 yards against North Carolina two weeks ago.



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