Penn State VS Wisconsin Football

Kaya Squirewell

On November 10, fans traveled in cold weather from all over just to see Penn State’s dominant football team compete with the Wisconsin Badgers. The No.20 Nittany Lions beat Wisconsin Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. The athletes, coached by James Franklin, were prepared to go in to this game determined to win. Both teams started the game with intensity. Penn State had shown their competitive nature by dominating the first half and had managed all 63 yards. By the end the first half, the Nittany Lions were leading 16-7.


In the second half, both teams came out with the same intensity as they did to start off the game. DeAndre Thompkins caught a touchdown pass for Penn State, while holding the Badgers to 125 yards. The fans were cheering with excitement as the Nittany Lions felt more confident in coming out on top. Miles Sanders, who won player of the game, ran for 159 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Sander’s presence was contributed with the team effort to beat the Rutgers. “People may say that at times (Sanders) had been frustrated, but you never saw that,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. He was having such an outstanding game, so Penn State’s offensive coordinator, Ricky Rahne, decided to keep feeding him the ball. The offensive line did everything they could to protect their running back and they succeeded at it. Since October 13, it was Sanders first 100-yard rushing game.


Trace McSorley, their key player and star quarterback, had left the game early with a right leg injury in the first half. Later in the game, he returned and finished the game with 160 passing yards. McSorley’s touchdown passes covered 6 yards in the second quarter and 18 in the fourth, as the Nittany Lions beat Rutgers for the 12th straight time. Within the last few minutes of the game, safety Nick Scott received his 3rd interception to tie with most interceptions in a season, along with three other college football players. The game ended with a score of 22-10, with Penn State running off the field victoriously into the locker room. It was a game of excitement for the loud fans and for the Nittany Lions victory.