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[Live Blog] No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 6 Wisconsin

Good evening, Penn State fans! No you’re not dreaming. James Franklin’s Nittany Lions are playing for the Big Ten Championship tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium on Fox at 8 p.m. We’ll have you covered all night long with live updates throughout the title game, including analysis, photos, tweets, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need and here are our staff predictions.

Fourth Quarter

0:00 — Penn State wins the Big Ten Championship. Can you believe this?!?

5:14 — Joey Julius puts it through the end zone for a touchback and the Badgers start at their 25. Penn State comes up with a stop on fourth down to get the ball back with a minute left.

9:52 — Penn State appeared to be going three-and-out, but a roughing the passer call on a third down incompletion gives Penn State a new set of downs at the Wisconsin 45. After a McSorley completion to Blacknall, another penalty on Wisconsin — this time pass interference — moved Penn State into the red zone. The Nittany Lions couldn’t get another first down and Davis converted a 24-yard field goal to make it 38-31.

13:33 — Koa Farmer comes up with a huge sack on second down and Wisconsin can’t convert on third so it punts to the Penn State 31 where John Reid takes it five yards forward.

15:00 — Penn State starts the quarter with first down at Wisconsin’s 43. McSorley completes to Hamilton again on the first play to get Penn State into Wisconsin’s red zone. And why not, McSorley completes another one to Barkley for an 18-yard touchdown and Davis hits the PAT to give Penn State a 35-31 lead.

Third Quarter

0:16 — Miles Sanders takes the kickoff to the Penn State 19. McSorley hits ANOTHER huge completion, this time to Daesean Hamilton for 38 yards as the quarter comes to a close.

4:22 — A flip pass to Clement pushed Wisconsin into Penn State territory with a 26-yard gain. Bradrick Shaw moved Wisconsin into the red zone with a 20-yard rush. The Nittany Lions forced a field goal from the 23 yards out, which Endicott put straight through the uprights to make it 31-28.

7:39 — Penn State comes up with big play after big play to move the Nittany Lions into the red zone. A 16-yard rush from Barkley plus 31 yards on two McSorley completions had the Nittany Lions in scoring position. McSorley completed to Hamilton at the four-yard line before a McSorley three-yard rush and a Barkley one-yard touchdown tied it 28-28.

10:58 — The Nittany Lions come up with a big sack and force a fumble on third down, but the Badgers recover and punt it to the Penn State 37.

11:09 — First play, BOOM, touchdown Nittany Lions! McSorley launches a bomb to Blacknall for a 70-yard touchdown to cut it to 28-21 Wisconsin.

15:00 — Joey Julius’ kick goes for a touchback to start the half. On second down, Clement comes up with a 14-yard gain to get Wisconsin near midfield. Houston completes into Penn State territory on the next play for a 19-yard gain. On third down, the Penn State defense knocked Wisconsin’s rusher back from the 27 to the 30 and forces a field goal. Andrew Endicott missed the 48-yard attempt.

Halftime

Second Quarter

0:48 — Wisconsin picks up a first down and proceeds to run out the clock and bring us to the half.

2:25 — Two huge third down conversions set up Penn State in Wisconsin territory. McSorley threw to Saeed Blacknall, who shook off a tackle and to it in for a 40-yard touchdown. Davis hit the PAT to make it 28-14.

3:25 — Three-and-out for the Badgers. Penn State receives the punt at its own 10.

5:15 — Touchback and the Nittany Lions start at their own 25. Barkley goes for another double-digit rush to get Penn State to midfield. Penn State went for it again on fourth down, and McSorley was sacked and Wisconsin takes over at the Penn State 43.

7:46 — Torrence Brown forced a fumble, but the Nittany Lions couldn’t jump on it and Wisconsin recovered at the Penn State 16. Dare Ogunbowale rushes seven yards for a touchdown and the extra point is tacked on to make it 28-7 Wisconsin.

9:37 — Penn State went for it on fourth down from its own 42 and McSorley was rushed, throws an incompletion. Wisconsin takes over on downs.

11:45 — McSorley fumbles the snap and Wisconsin’s Ryan Connelly takes it 12 yards to the house to make it 21-7 Badgers.

15:00 — Offsides on the defense helped Wisconsin pick up the first down. After picking up another third down conversion, the Badgers were finally stopped and punt it to Garrity, who fair catches at the 12-yard line.

First Quarter

1:10 — Wisconsin starts its drive from the 25-yard line. As the first quarter ended, they had third and one.

3:06 — Penn State finally brings some life to a drive. A long run from Barkley along with a crucial third down completion from McSorley got the Nittany Lions into Wisconsin territory. McSorley throw one up for Gesicki in the end zone, and the tight end came down with it for a 33-yard touchdown to cut the Badgers’ lead 14-7.

3:51 — Corey Clement takes it to the house on the second play of the drive for a 67-yard touchdown run. The extra point is good and the Badgers lead 14-0.

5:27 — Sanders returned the kick to the 16-yard line for Penn State to start the drive inside its own 20. The Nittany Lions go three-and-out once again and Gillikin punts to the Wisconsin 28.

13:27 — Corey Clement was given the ball a number of times early in the drive for a couple of first downs, but the big gain came when a late hit out-of-bounds gave the Badgers 15 yards and moved them into Penn State territory. On third and 12, Bart Houston hit a huge 24-yard completion to make it first and goal at the three. Austin Ramesh punched it in on second down from the one and the PAT was good to make it 7-0 Wisconsin.

15:00 — Wisconsin kicked off to start the game and Miles Sanders returned it to the 29. The Badgers forced a quick three-and-out and Gillikin punted it to the Wisconsin 19.

Pregame

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Steve Connelly is a junior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tried to be a photographer once, but the only good thing that came out of it is a name for his future sports bar, The Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

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