12:00 PM ET, October 4, 2003
Beaver Stadium, UNIVERSITY PARK, PA
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Jim Sorgi threw two touchdown passes, and Wisconsin took advantage of turnovers in a 30-23 victory over Penn State on Saturday.
Booker Stanley, the third-string tailback, ran for 119 yards and one touchdown for the Badgers (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten).
Special teams shortfalls killed Penn State (2-4, 0-2), which led 9-7 after Sean McHugh's 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
Brandon Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards, and Mike Allen kicked a 46-yard field goal to put Wisconsin up 10-9.
The Badgers had a chance to increase their lead when Traison Lewis hit Calvin Lowry, forcing a fumble on the kickoff return, but Allen's field goal try hit the left upright.
But Lowry fumbled again, this time when Jeff Mack hit him on a punt return, giving Wisconsin the ball on the Penn State 23. Sorgi's 20-yard touchdown pass to Williams made it 17-9.
Jim Leonhard's 65-yard punt return in the third quarter made it 23-9.
But the Nittany Lions couldn't stop the run. Wisconsin ran 13 consecutive running plays on the next possession, most up the middle, ending with Booker Stanley's 6-yard touchdown run for a 30-16 lead with 9:42 left.
Robinson's 5-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Smith brought Penn State to 30-23 with 8:43 left, but the Nittany Lions couldn't score on three more possessions.
Robinson completed 22 of 43 passes for 379 yards; Tony Johnson had seven catches for 122 yards, and Kranchick had four catches for 136 yards.
Robbie Gould kicked a 35-yard field goal for a 3-0 Penn State lead early in the first quarter -- the first time Penn State has scored first this year. The Nittany Lions drove to the Wisconsin 19 before Donnie Johnson fumbled the ball, then got it back when Anthony Davis fumbled on Wisconsin's first play from scrimmage.
Wisconsin went up 7-3 on Sorgi's 30-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-17||7-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|FG||9:15||ROBBIE GOULD 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 6 yards.
|TD||5:27||LEE EVANS 30 YD PASS FROM JIM SORGI (MIKE ALLEN KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||13:12||SEAN MCHUGH 1 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 74 yards.
|FG||10:42||MIKE ALLEN 46 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yards.
|TD||0:11||BRANDON WILLIAMS 20 YD PASS FROM JIM SORGI (MIKE ALLEN KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 23 yards.
|TD||2:17||JIM LEONHARD 65 YD PUNT RETURN (MISSED KICK)||23||9|
|TD||1:44||MATT KRANCHICK 73 YD PASS FROM MICHAEL ROBINSON (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||9:42||BOOKER STANLEY 6 YD RUN (MIKE ALLEN KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||8:43||GERALD SMITH 5 YD PASS FROM MICHAEL ROBINSON (ROBBIE GOULD KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 70 yards.