Penn State moved to 7-3 on the season with a 22-10 win over Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
In a must-win game at a frigid Beaver Stadium on Saturday, James Franklin and Penn State managed to get the job done, moving them up to No. 16 in the new AP Poll. It certainly wasn’t pretty, as neither team scored a touchdown in the second half, mostly due to the 31-degree day with 30 mile per hour winds.
With Trace McSorley clearly still injured, the offense was definitely not 100 percent,, so a ton of credit has to be given to Brent Pry and the Penn State defense for holding Wisconsin to 10 points. This came after Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor ran for a 71-yard touchdown less than four minutes into the game.
Other than some big plays made by Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin couldn’t get anything done on offense with backup quarterback Jack Coan in the game. Coan was replacing starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who was out on Saturday with a concussion.
With a win over Wisconsin, Penn State has Rutgers and Maryland left to determine whether or not they can end their season at 9-3. If they could end 9-3, expect Penn State to appear in the Citrus Bowl, or maybe even sneak into a New Years’ Six Bowl.
ESPN projected Penn State to play in the Fiesta Bowl following this week’s slate of college football games. If you’re a Penn State fan, you want teams like Syracuse, Texas, and Florida to lose in order to help the Nittany Lions’ New Years’ Six Bowl chances.
Without further ado, here are the positional grades for Saturday’s win against Wisconsin.