Halftime Thoughts: Wisconsin

By Matthew Filipovits on November 10, 2018 at 1:36 pm
Nov 10, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver KJ Hamler (1) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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Penn State has come to play against the Badgers. A good defensive performance and a balanced attack on offense has the Nittany Lions in the driver's seat. Here are our thoughts at the half.

  • The Penn State offense was chugging along by McSorley went down with an injury. The senior was 15-20 passing for 136 yards and one score. 
  • McSorley appears to have reinjured his right leg. He walked off under his own power but it's been the Tommy Stevens show since he left the game.
  • The decision to switch Fries and Bates hasn't been very fruitful. Fries has been beaten badly twice, the second of which lead to McSorley's injury.
  • Miles Sanders was had himself a game. He leads the team with 10 carries for 77 yards and one score. 
  • Shareef Miller is eating. The junior has two sacks on third down and just looks flat-out faster than everyone on Wisconsin's line.
  • With Alex Hornibrook out, the Badgers have become almost entirely one-dimensional with Jack Coan at quarterback. They attempted just one pass in the first quarter and Coan is currently 2-4 for 10 yards and one pick.
  • Since Brent Pry knows the Badgers want to run the ball endlessly, he's loaded the box on nearly every play. Outside of a big 71-yard touchdown run by Jonathan Taylor, the move has paid off for the most part.
  • Jahan Dotson is insanely fun and should be in on every snap.
  • Justin Shorter made his long-awaited first career catch. Here's hoping we'll be seeing a lot more of him as the game goes on.