INDIANAPOLIS — Trace McSorley threw four touchdown passes Saturday night and No. 8 Penn State stunned No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31, rallying from a 21-point first-half deficit to claim its first conference title in eight years with the greatest comeback in Big Ten title game history.
Now the East Division champs must wait to see if the selection committee rewards them with one of the four coveted playoff spots on Sunday.
If the committee was impressed with the turnaround, it just might give the Nittany Lions (11-2, No. 7 CFP) a chance.
Tremper graduate Jazz Peavy has benefited from a specific play for the Wisconsin football team this season.
The sweep, which takes advantage of the redshirt junior’s blazing speed, has been a big playmaker for the Badgers.
The first key to executing a successful jet sweep at No. 6 Wisconsin can be summarized in two words by receivers coach Ted Gilmore.
“Run scared,” Gilmore said Wednesday.
MADISON — A fourth-quarter flourish erased memories of a jittery first half for No. 5 Wisconsin against Minnesota.
The latest installment of the most-played rivalry in major college football ended with a familiar scene: the Badgers triumphantly holding up Paul Bunyan’s Axe.
No. 6 Wisconsin understands the stakes today at Purdue.
Win and the Badgers might be booking another trip to the Big Ten championship game. Win, get some help and they just might resurface in the College Football Playoff chase. Lose, and it could all vanish.
MADISON — Finally, Wisconsin had a breather.
Tested week after week with close games against the Big Ten’s tougher teams, the seventh-ranked Badgers assumed the role of playoff contender in beating up on one of the league’s weaker squads.
Style points aren’t in fashion at Wisconsin.
The seventh-ranked Badgers will push opponents around with withering defense, and try to grind it out on the ground on offense. They’re not necessarily going to stray from that successful formula just to make an impression on the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Wisconsin will be part of the Big Ten’s first Friday night prime time television schedule next season, the league announced on Tuesday.
The Badgers will be the second game in the series on Sept. 1 when they host Utah State. Rutgers is scheduled to host Washington earlier that day.
EVANSTON, Ill. — It wasn’t just about building on a huge victory and a return to the Top 10 for No. 8 Wisconsin. The Badgers wanted to end their recent struggles against Northwestern.
To that end, they also succeeded.
EVANSTON, Ill. — Coming off a tight victory and a return to the Top 10, No. 8 Wisconsin has every right to feel good about itself. The Badgers can also be excused if they’re a little nervous given who they play on Saturday.
Wisconsin visits Northwestern, a team that has given the Badgers all sorts of trouble in recent years.
MADISON — Safety D’Cota Dixon turned around in the end zone and extended his right arm in front of receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. to swat away Nebraska’s desperation pass on fourth down.
This time, No. 11 Wisconsin found a way to finish in overtime.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Don’t count Wisconsin out of the Big Ten West race just yet.
Corey Clement ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and the 10th-ranked Badgers used a stout defense to beat Iowa, 17-9, on Saturday, snapping a two-game skid.
IOWA CITY, Iowa — In just three weeks, Wisconsin might go from being the toast of the Big Ten West to, well, toast in the Big Ten West.
The 10th-ranked Badgers (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) earned the nation’s respect after close losses to Michigan and Ohio State, dropping just two spots in this week’s poll. And yet a loss on Saturday at unranked Iowa (5-2, 3-1) would put the Badgers three back of the Hawkeyes in the win column with just five games left.
MADISON — J.T. Barrett escaped Wisconsin’s pressure and shook off a mistake.
Ohio State’s do-it-all quarterback proved his mettle after halftime in the toughest of road environments, accounting for three touchdowns and setting a school record in the process.
MADISON — Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt would like a unique birthday gift this year.
A win over Ohio State might be more cherished than any present.
Beating LSU at Lambeau Field was nice and all, but there’s nothing like Ohio State coming to town.
“This is as big as it can get,” Wisconsin redshirt junior and 2013 Tremper graduate Jazz Peavy said. “This is something you dream of, being at games like this. A night game at Camp Randall against the No. 2 team in the country. I mean you can’t really ask for more. This is just a big stage for everybody. I’ve always had a mindset not to make anything bigger than what it really is, but it’s big.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Wilton Speight threw a tiebreaking, 46-yard touchdown pass to Amara Darboh midway through the fourth quarter and Jourdan Lewis had a spectacular, one-handed interception as No. 4 Michigan held on to beat No. 8 Wisconsin 14-7 on Saturday.
“I’ve seen Odell Beckham do that,” Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said. “The most impressive thing about it was he jumped a little early.”
No. 8 Wisconsin will take on No. 4 Michigan Saturday without star linebacker Vince Biegel.
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said Friday that Biegel had surgery on his right foot Thursday night. The senior will miss several weeks.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — By the time Alex Hornibrook’s first start was over, there wasn’t much question about whether he could handle one of the toughest road tests in the Big Ten.
Hornibrook threw for 195 yards and a touchdown, and 11th-ranked Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, beating the Spartans 30-6 on Saturday.
EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State-Wisconsin rivalry was just getting good when the matchup disappeared from the Big Ten schedule for a bit.
In 2011, the Spartans beat the Badgers on a Hail Mary, but Wisconsin won a thrilling rematch in the Big Ten championship game. Michigan State beat the Badgers in overtime in 2012, but the teams haven’t faced each other since.