5 Postgame Thoughts: Wisconsin

By Matthew Filipovits on November 10, 2018 at 3:12 pm
Nov 10, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive end Shareef Miller (48) celebrates with linebacker Micah Parsons (11) after sacking Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Jack Coan (not pictured) during the second quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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It's a final, and Penn State is 7-3 on the season following a 22-10 win over Wisconsin at a frigid Beaver Stadium. Here are our post-game thoughts.

1. With backup quarterback Jack Coan at the helm, the Badgers were forced to become one-dimensional. Brent Pry responded by loading the box, and the unit did a great job bottling up Wisconsin's running back, save a few plays. When the Badgers did attempt to pass, they looked all sorts of out of rhythm. Four sacks by the defense and a few drops by Wisconsin's receivers led to just 62 yards through the air for Coan. It was the kind of performance the defense needed after getting walloped in the Big House.

2. We have absolutely zero clue why the Tommy Stevens package was rolled out during what should have been a clock-killing drive. Just a really questionable decision by the coaching staff, which led to a terrible fumble and life for Wisconsin.

3. Penn State's defensive ends are real, y'all. Shareef Miller and Yetur Gross-Matos continued their excellent play, just wrecking everything Coan and the Badgers tried to do. They're an elite pair.

4. Balance, balance, balance. McSorley had a nice day passing, and Miles Sanders went over 1,000 yards on the season with 159 yards rushing and a score. The Nittany Lions' star back was also involved in the passing game.

5. This was the one to get the taste of the Michigan embarrassment out of the way. The Lions have a shot for 10 wins and face atrocious Rutgers next week. It wasn't pretty, but Penn State was never REALLY threatened by Wisconsin.

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