Penn State 35, Wisconsin 14 Penn State Nittany LionsWisconsin Badgers
November 5, 2005
Beaver Stadium - University Park, PA
Attendance: 109,865
Kickoff Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
Wisconsin 0 0 0 14 14
Penn State 7 14 0 14 35

Scoring Summary
1st 13:22 PSU - Deon Butler 43-yard pass from Robinson (Kelly kick)
2nd 14:56 PSU - Tony Hunt 9-yard run (Kelly kick)
  07:29 PSU - BranDon Snow 3-yard run (Kelly kick)
4th 12:27 WIS - Brian Calhoun 1-yard run (Mehlhaff kick)
  06:17 PSU - Deon Butler 47-yard pass from Robinson (Kelly kick)
  05:13 WIS - Brandon White 18-yard pass from Stocco (Mehlhaff kick)
  02:47 PSU - Tony Hunt 10-yard run (Kelly kick)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno stuck his hands into the pockets of his rolled-up khakis and, perhaps seeking some lofty confirmation for the remarkable turnaround that continues to unfold in Happy Valley, sheepishly glanced at the scoreboard high above Beaver Stadium's north end zone.
  His 10th-ranked Nittany Lions were seconds away from an emphatic 35-14 victory over No. 14 Wisconsin. They were 9-1. They were now alone atop the Big Ten. A team that had endured 16 defeats the last two seasons was now just a win away from the unthinkable.
  "I think," said Paterno, who exactly a year ago heard cries of "Joe must go!" from many in a home crowd that yesterday hailed him, "we're a little better than we thought we were."
  By stifling Wisconsin tailback Brian Calhoun and connecting on several of the big plays that have become this offense's hallmark, Penn State (9-1, 6-1) now needs just a victory in its final game, Nov. 19 at Michigan State, to clinch its first Big Ten title in 11 years and its first BCS appearance ever.
  "Exactly a year ago, we were 0-6 in the Big Ten," said Paterno's son, quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno. "Joe told us not to come in on Monday. The next day, he came in and said, 'Hey, look, it's time for us to turn this thing around.' And we've gone 11-1 since then."
  The one-sided victory yesterday over a Wisconsin team that had been tied with them for first in the Big Ten again displayed all the elements that have brought the Nittany Lions back into national prominence:
  Quarterback Michael Robinson ran for 125 yards and threw for 238. He teamed with his favorite receiver, redshirt freshman Deon Butler, on scoring passes of 43 and 47 yards. In doing so, Robinson broke Kerry Collins' single-season total-yardage record.
  Tailback Tony Hunt topped 100 yards for a fifth time, accumulating 151 and touchdowns of 9 and 10 yards on 24 leg-churning carries.
  The senior-laden Lions defense held Wisconsin, which had been averaging 39.7 points a game, scoreless through three quarters. Calhoun, the Big Ten's second-leading runner, had just 38 yards on 20 rushes.
  All-American candidate Tamba Hali sacked Wisconsin quarterback John Stocco four times - his teammates added five more - and had seven tackles for losses.
  "Last year, Wisconsin said they out-toughed us," offensive tackle Levi Brown said. "We weren't going to let that happen again."
  On an emotional Senior Day, before the second-largest crowd in stadium history (109,865), Penn State clearly was determined to avenge the physical whipping it got from the Badgers (8-2, 5-2) a year ago.

Matt Rice and Scott Paxson

  Wisconsin literally knocked out Robinson in that game, as well as fellow QB Zack Mills. This time, when the Badgers' Matt Schaughnessy blasted Robinson after a second-quarter pass, Paterno rushed to the officials even before the stunned quarterback could rise to his feet.
  "I grabbed a guy," Paterno said, "and told him, 'Tell him to lay off that guy.' I don't want a penalty, but just tell them to lay off our quarterback... . Obviously, with Michael Robinson not in there, we're a much different team."
  That was as clear on yesterday's first series as it's been all year. On the Nittany Lions' third play, Robinson lofted a perfect pass into Terrell Golden's hands for a 21-yard gain. Two plays later, he hit Butler in stride in the end zone from midfield.
  "I ran a post," Butler said of his 43-yard scoring catch, "and I gave my man a [fake] to the outside to get free. Mike made a great throw."
  "People talk about how well the defense has played," defensive coordinator Tom Bradley said, "but when the offense goes out like they've been doing and puts points up on the board, we can do some things, take some chances."
  With 7 minutes, 29 seconds left in the half, Penn State's lead expanded to 21-0 as fullback Brandon Snow burst into the end zone from 3 yards out, the blocking fullback's third touchdown in two games.
  After that, Penn State put away its spread offense and turned almost exclusively to its running game. On defense, Hali and his linemates teed off on Stocco.
  "I don't like quarterbacks," Hali joked. "Really, though, our plan is always to go after the quarterback. If you can get to him, you make everybody else's job easier."
  Hunt's second score, with 2:47 remaining, was the cherry on top of this latest impressive victory, one that gave Penn State a 7-0 home record for a 2005 season that will conclude after a bye week. Paterno's teams are 30-15 after bye weeks.
  "I told the coaches this week that we may have been running the kids too much," Paterno said. "Some of them looked like they had lost a step or two. So the bye ought to be good for us. "
  The way these Nittany Lions have been playing, you don't have to know how to read to recognize that.

WISCONSIN
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing Att Gain Lost Net TD LG
Calhoun 20 44 6 38 1 8
Stanley 1 2 0 2 0 2
Stocco 13 13 64 -51 0 5
 
Passing Att Comp INT Yds TD LG
Stocco 34 19 2 313 1 65
 
Receiving No. Yds TD LG
Calhoun 6 48 0 18
Williams 5 102 0 44
Orr 3 89 0 65
White 2 44 1 26
Daniels 2 26 0 26
Pociask 1 4 0 4
 
Punting No. Yds AVG LG In20
DeBauche 7 298 42.6 51 2
 
Returns PR KOR INTR
Williams 1-8 4-102 -
Hampton - 1-14 1-22
Langford - - 1-25
Daniels - 1-11 -
 
Field Goal Attempts
None        
 
Defense T TFL S Int. FF FR
Stellmacher 5-7-12 - - - - -
Sanders 6-4-10 1.0-2 - - - -
Zalewski 3-7-10 0.5-1 - - - -
Rogers 6-1-7 - - - - -
Shaughnessy 4-1-5 1.0-1 - - - -
Starting Lineups
PENN STATE
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing Att Gain Lost Net TD LG
Hunt 24 153 2 151 2 38
Robinson 16 135 10 125 0 39
King 3 6 0 6 0 3
Snow 2 4 0 4 1 3
TEAM 2 0 4 -4 0 0
 
Passing Att Comp INT Yds TD LG
Robinson 28 13 2 238 2 47
 
Receiving No. Yds TD LG
Butler 5 125 2 47
Golden 2 45 0 24
Hunt 2 35 0 33
Norwood 2 19 0 16
Kilmer 2 14 0 9
 
Punting No. Yds AVG LG In20
Kapinos 4 159 39.8 49 3
 
Returns PR KOR INTR
Lowry 4-55 - 1-0
Kinlaw - 2-28 -
Zemaitis - - 1-0
 
Field Goal Attempts
None        
 
Defense T TFL S Int. FF FR
Posluszny 5-7-12 3.5-12 1.0-8 - - -
Hali 3-6-9 5.0-28 4.0-27 - - -
Connor 3-5-8 0.5-1 0.5-1 - - -
Shaw 4-3-7 1.0-8 1.0-8 - - -
Harrell 4-2-6 0.5-1 - - - -
TEAM STATISTICS
  WIS PSU
FIRST DOWNS 18 24
Rushing 3 15
Passing 12 8
Penalty 3 1
NET YARDS RUSHING -11 282
Rushing Attempts 34 47
Yards Gained Rushing 59 298
Yards Lost Rushing 70 16
NET YARD PASSING 313 238
Passes Attempted 34 28
Passes Completed 19 13
Had Intercepted 2 2
TOTAL OFFENSIVE PLAYS 68 75
TOTAL NET YARDS 302 520
Avg. Gain Per Play 4.4 6.9
Fumbles: No. - Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties: No. - Yds. 4-35 5-53
No. of Punts - Yards 7-298 4-159
Avg. Per Punt 42.6 39.8
Punt Returns: No. - Yds. 1-8 4-55
Kickoff Returns: No. - Yds. 6-127 2-28
Interceptions: No. - Yds. 2-47 2-0
Fumble Returns: No. - Yds. 0-0 0-0
Miscellaneous Yards 0 0
Possession Time 28:21 31:39
3rd Down Conversion 3 of 15 7 of 13
4th Down Conversion 2 of 4 0 of 0
Sacks By: No. - Yds. 1-7 9-64
 
PSU PARTICIPANTS (49) - 1 Phillips, 3 Butler, 4 Golden, 6 Johnson, 7 King, 8 Kinlaw, 9 Ganter, 10 Lowry, 11 Davis, 12 Robinson, 13 Alford, 14 Morelli, 19 Kubic, 20 Shaw, 21 Zemaitis, 22 Hardy, 23 Kelly, 24 McCready, 24 Norwood, 25 Perretta, 26 Hunt, 27 Harrell, 30 Snow, 31 Posluszny, 33 Scott, 34 Hahn, 35 Zwierzynski, 36 Kapinos, 37 Ridenhour, 40 Connor, 41 Paxson, 43 Kilmer, 45 Lee, 46 Sales, 47 Gaines, 50 Richardson, 51 Cianciolo, 52 Brown, 55 Rice, 57 Shipley, 59 Rush, 66 Antolick, 67 Brown, 74 Reed, 77 Smith, 81 Smolko, 88 Coakley, 91 Hali, 99 Shaw.