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Wisconsin Postgame

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N O V E M B E R 1 0 , 2 0 1 8 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O M 3 ble that gave Wisconsin new hope deep in Penn State territory. Tommy Stevens was lined up at quarterback with McSorley split out wide. The Lions had used the play several times against the Badgers without much success, and it nearly proved disastrous when the ball bounced off Sanders' leg as he went in motion in front of Stevens. Wisconsin had only one timeout le> at that point, and there was only 1 minute, 44 seconds le> to play. "Obviously, we had a miscommunica- tion with the motion," Franklin said. "As a head coach, that's the thing you strug- gle with. We had a great win, and we want to enjoy the win, but the game didn't end the way you want it to end. … I haven't had a chance to talk to Tommy yet, but from what I saw, we just mist- imed the motion." • The Lions' other fumble was by Miller of all people, a>er he lost control of the ball while trying to return a fumble by Coan. Miller had rumbled down to the Wisconsin 15 when he lost control. If he had been able to hold on, Penn State would have had another opportunity to put the game out of reach. Another fumble – by C.J. Thorpe on a short kickoff – was recovered by Penn State. • Penn State has now dropped 28 passes on the season, as DeAndre Thompkins and Pat Freiermuth couldn't hang onto throws from McSorley. The field conditions probably were a factor on this frigid, wind-swept a>ernoon. LOOKING AHEAD Next week's game is against Rutgers, which was in last place in the Big Ten East Division with an 0-6 conference record (1-8 overall) heading into Satur- day's game vs. Michigan. Name a statis- tical category, and chances are, the Scarlet Knights are at or near the bottom of it. They went into the weekend aver- aging a Big Ten-worst 15.3 points per game while giving up 33.4 points per game, third-most in the conference. Penn State will be heavily favored, and the way its defense is playing, you have to like its chances of keeping Artur Sitkowski and company at bay. But with its own quarterback hurting and a youth movement under way at wide receiver, PSU is in no position to take anything for granted. Said Franklin, "There are things obviously that we have to get cleaned up, there's no doubt about that. But we're going to enjoy the win [over Wisconsin] and wake up tomorrow morning and get started on our next op- ponent." A NEW WAY TO ACCESS POSTGAME COVERAGE Starting this season, Blue White Il- lustrated's postgame coverage will be available via All of our game stories, including the story above on Saturday's victory over Wisconsin, can now be ac- cessed from the website. The change in format allows us to bring readers more gameday cover- age than ever before: game recaps, player features, notebooks, high- lights and lowlights, game grades and recruiting news. To find BWI's postgame coverage, visit the links below: HIGHLIGHTS AND LOWLIGHTS GAME GRADES FEATURE STORIES STATISTICS Miles Sanders leaps over Wis- consin corner- back Faion Hicks. The junior run- ning back rushed for 159 yards in the Nittany Lions' victory over the Badgers. Photo by Steve Manuel

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