What looked liked a Badger blowout turned out to be the biggest comeback in conference championship history for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
The Badgers got off to a hot start, going up 28-7 in the 1st half, but that didn’t stop Penn State. The Nittany lions went on to score 21 unanswered points to tie the game early in the 2nd half. The Badgers finally responded with a 23 yard field goal to regain the lead in the 3rd, but Penn State would not go down without a fight. The Nittany Lions answered back scoring 10 more unanswered points to go up by 7 late in the 4th. Down 7 with 1:05 remaining in the game and the ball at Penn States 24 yard line, the Badgers ran the ball on 4th and 1 but got stuffed at the line of scrimmage. Penn State got the ball and ran out the clock to end the game and win the Big 10 Championship.
Badgers QB Bart Houston went 16/21 with 174 passing yards. RB Corey Clement had 164 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 21 carries. Clement also had 43 receiving yards. Freshman RB Bradrick Shaw had 62 yards on 15 carries. Dare Ogunbowale also had a rushing touchdown for the Badgers along with 26 rushing yards. WR Jazz Peavy led the Badgers in receiving yards with 53 on 4 receptions. The Badgers defense also scored a touchdown when Badgers LB Ryan Connelly recovered a fumble for a 12 yard touchdown.
As for Penn State, QB Trace McSorley went 22/31 with 384 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. On the receiving end WR Saeed Blacknall led the Nittany Lions with an impressive 6 receptions for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. WR DaeSean Hamilton also had a big game with 8 receptions for 155 yards. The other Penn State touchdowns came from TE Mike Gesicki and RB Saquon Barkley. Barkley had 83 rushing yards on 19 carries.
The Nittany Lions improve to 11-2 and hope to make the college football playoffs. As for the Badgers, their record goes to 10-3 on the season. The Badgers look like they will be playing in this years Cotton Bowl, but nothing is set in stone.