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VIDEO: Postgame Player Interviews at Wisconsin

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VIDEO: Inside the Winning Locker Room


MADISON, Wis. - Hear from several Nittany Lions following Saturday's season-ending 31-24 victory at No. 14 Wisconsin.



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VIDEO: One-on-One with Bill O'Brien Postgame at Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. - GoPSUsports.com talks one-on-one with head coach Bill O'Brien following Saturday's 31-24 victory over No. 14 Wisconsin.



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VIDEO: Inside the Winning Locker Room at Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. - Celebrate with the Nittany Lions after knocking off No. 14 Wisconsin, 31-24, at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.



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GAME BLOG: Penn State at Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. - Welcome to live in-game coverage on GoPSUsports.com from Penn State's final game of 2013 at Wisconsin inside Camp Randall Stadium.

Check back here throughout gameday for the all-new interactive blog coverage for 2013.

 

PHOTO BLOG: Penn State at Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. - Welcome to GoPSUsports.com's Photo Blog from Penn State's final game of the 2013 season at Wisconsin.  Stay tuned for updated images from behind the scenes and during the game.

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VIDEO: Nittany Lions Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion football team enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Pollock Commons following the final practice of the season on Thursday.

Take a look inside the Thanksgiving feast.




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Wisconsin Gameday Preview - Nittany Lions Close Out Season

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Gameday Central | Game Notes | Wisconsin Scouting Report | Press Conference Roundup

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions (6-5, 3-4) will conclude the 2013 season with a trip to No. 14 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (TV-ESPN) inside Camp Randall Stadium.

9501375.jpegPenn State and Wisconsin will meet in the regular season finale for the third-straight year.  The two teams are not scheduled to meet again until the 2018 season after the conference begins its new East and West Division alignment in 2014.  Saturday's game marks Penn State's sixth contest against a team that is nationally ranked this season.

Junior running back Zach Zwinak gained 149 yards last week in Penn State's 23-20 overtime setback to Nebraska.  Zwinak heads into the season finale with three-straight 100-yard performances.  Allen Robinson's eight catches for 106 yards against the Huskers moved him into second on the career receiving chart with 169 receptions.  Robinson is 10 catches shy of Deon Butler's 179 grabs from 2005-'08.

Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg is among the Big Ten's top signal callers, ranking second in the conference in completions (210) and passing yards (237.8).  Hackenberg has eight 200-yard passing games this year, breaking the Penn State freshman record and ranks in the top five on the school season completions and yardage lists.

The Badgers enter the final week of the season on a six-game winning streak following a 20-7 road victory over Minnesota.  Wisconsin averages 297.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks eighth in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten.  The Badgers are 6-0 at home during the 2013 season.

Welcome to the Gameday Preview for Penn State's final regular season matchup of 2013.


Pregame Reading:
What to Watch For - Penn State
9501372.jpeg1. November has been a strong month for Zach Zwinak during his Nittany Lion career.  In eight career games during the month, Zwinak has rushed for 1,062 yards.  In his last three outings, the Nittany Lion junior has 448 yards on the ground.  In addition to Zwinak, Bill Belton, who has 796 yards in 2013, is expected to return this weekend against Wisconsin.  Success on the ground against a talented Wisconsin defense will create opportunities for Hackenberg in the passing game.  The true freshman has connected with Robinson on 17 passing plays of 20 or more yards this season.

2. Since the second half of the Minnesota game, the Nittany Lion defense has played its best football of the 2013 season.  During that span of 10 quarters and one overtime period, the Nittany Lions have held opposing offenses to 30 total points.  Junior linebacker Mike Hull said this week that one of the biggest keys to the way Penn State has been playing on defense is communication.  The Lions have done a great job of communicating with one another in simple terms before the snap to ensure they are lined up in a good place to make plays.  Additionally, Penn State's defensive unit has played with great passion in recent weeks.  Look for that to continue on Saturday as seniors DaQuan Jones, Glenn Carson, Stephen Obeng-Agyapong and Malcolm Willis all line up for the final time in a Penn State uniform.

3. Against a Badger offense averaging 36.8 points per game in 2013, the Nittany Lions will be looking for a very quick start on the offensive side of the ball.  Efficient play from the offense, especially on third down and in the red zone, will play a big role in Penn State's success against the Badgers.  Wisconsin has out-scored its opponents 103-26 in the first quarter this season. 

What to Watch For - Wisconsin
1. Redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White make up the top running back duo in the nation.  Gordon has rushed for 1,375 yards (8.2 ypc).  White has rushed for 1,281 yards (6.5 ypc).  Both players have at least one touchdown run of 80 or more yards.  As a team, Wisconsin has 36 rushing plays of 20 or more yards and 13 rushing touchdowns of 20 or more yards this season.  Simply put, Gordon and White are potential game-changing players every time they touch the ball.  Additionally, Wisconsin's offensive line is a superb unit.

2. On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Chris Borland is the heart and soul of the Wisconsin 3-4 defense.  The fifth-year senior leads the team in tackling with 92 stops.  In his last five full games (missed time due to injury), Borland has averaged 11.2 tackles and 1.3 tackles per loss.  Borland plays a central role on a Wisconsin defense that has allowed just 6.0 points per game in the six games contested at Camp Randall Stadium this season.

3. Although Wisconsin has 67 plays of 20 yards or more on offense, the Badger attack is a very efficient group led by sophomore quarterback Joel Stave.  Stave, who has thrown for 2,075 yards while completing 63 percent of his passes, is very good in the play-action game.  Senior wideout Jared Abbredaris is his favorite target in the passing game.  Abbredaris has made 61 receptions for 916 yards.  The Badgers are 45-for-51 in the red zone, including 34 touchdowns.

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The Final Word:
The Nittany Lions will put on the Blue and White for the final time in 2013 on Saturday.  While they were honored last week in Beaver Stadium, it will be a special day for the 17 Penn State seniors, who will take the field for the final time as a college athlete.  The Nittany Lions enter the game knowing they need to play mistake-free football on both sides of the ball.  The battle in the trenches will play a key role in deciding the outcome on Saturday.  Penn State has a great opportunity to play one of the top teams in the nation on the final regular season Saturday.  Tune in at 3:30 for the ESPN coverage with Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham on the call.



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VIDEO: Happy Thanksgiving from Penn State Athletics

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - 'Tis the season for giving thanks, and Penn State Athletics would like to take an opportunity to say thank you to the loyal fans on Thanksgiving.

As you sit down with family and friends to eat your traditional meal while the Lions and Cowboys host their annual Thanksgiving day home games, Penn State Athletics would like to thank you, the fans, for the unrivaled support you give every team on campus.  Penn State's teams would not be the same without the greatest fans in college sports.

As a token of their appreciation, several student-athletes from teams on campus would like to say thank you and Happy Thanksgiving for the support you give them throughout the athletic season.


2013 Opponent Preview - Wisconsin

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Each week, GoPSUsports.com will preview the upcoming opponent on the Penn State schedule.  Here is a week 12 glance at the Wisconsin Badgers.

Gary Andersen is in his first year as head coach of the Badgers after replacing Bret Bielema, who left for Arkansas.  Andersen has a career mark of 39-33.

The Badgers are 9-2 this season and 6-1 in Big Ten play.  They are 6-0 at home. 

Last weekend, Wisconsin visited Minnesota, knocking off the Golden Gophers, 20-7.  Running back James White compiled 125 yards on 26 carries and a one-yard touchdown run.  Melvin Gordon added 12 carries for 69 yards.  Quarterback Joel Stave completed 16-of-26 passes for 127 yards, a touchdown and an interception.  Receiver Jared Abbrederis caught a two-yard touchdown pass as part of his seven catch, 67-yard day.  Wisconsin totaled 324 yards of offense, including 197 on the ground.

For the second-straight week, Wisconsin defense did not give up an offensive touchdown.  Minnesota's only points of the game came on a pick-six.  The Badgers allowed only 185 yards and held the Gophers to 83 yards passing.  Linebacker Chris Borland led the defense with 12 tackles (eight solo) and forced a fumble.  Linebacker Brendan Kelly recorded three tackles for loss and two sacks.

Wisconsin is tied for second in the Big Ten and ranks 23rd among FBS schools in scoring offense, averaging 36.8 points per game.  The Badgers are also eighth in the nation in rushing offense, gaining 297.8 yards per game.  The passing attack is tenth in the Big Ten, averaging 191.5 yards.  The Badgers hold the ball for an average of 34:12 per game, good for fourth in the nation. 

The Badgers are led by the top running back tandem in the country.  Redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon is tied for eighth in the nation with 1,375 yards.   He also has 12 rushing touchdowns.  The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Gordon averages 8.2 yards per carry.  Senior James White has rushed for 1,281 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also adding 258 receiving yards and two touchdowns.  Freshman Corey Clement has contributed 515 yards and seven touchdowns. 

With a combined 2,656 rushing yards, Gordon and White are 349 yards shy of breaking the NCAA's single-season record for rushing yards by two players on the same team.  They are the only running back duo in the country to each have 1,000 yards and average 100 yards per game.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave has completed 63 percent of his passes for 2,075 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. 

Stave will try to find receiver Jared Abbrederis and tight end Jacob Pedersen through the air.  The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Abbrederis has recorded 61 catches for 916 yards and seven touchdowns, while averaging 15 yards per catch.  The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Pedersen has 437 yards and three touchdowns on 32 receptions.

The Badgers employ a 3-4 scheme on defense.

In addition to having one of the top running offenses in the country, Wisconsin boasts one of the top rushing defenses, ranking seventh in the nation while allowing only 99.1 yards per game.  The Badgers give up only 278.5 total yards per game, good for sixth in the country.  The Badgers' pass defense is just as good, ranking ninth in the country, allowing only 179.4 yards per game.

The Badgers have given up only 13.4 points per game, fifth among FBS schools.  In six games this year, Wisconsin has not allowed an offensive touchdown.  They have allowed a total of three touchdowns in six homes games this season. 

Borland, a redshirt senior, leads the defense with 92 tackles (56 solo).  Despite missing almost two games due to injury, Borland needs just eight tackles to post his third consecutive 100-tackle campaign.  He also has eight tackles for loss and four sacks.  Kelly has 6.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks.

Nose guard Warren Herring has six tackles for loss and four sacks.  Defensive end Pat Muldoon has 14 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks. 

Cornerback Sojour Shelton leads the team with four interceptions.  Safety Dezmen Southward has 31 stops and an interception. 

Wisconsin leads the all-time series 9-7 on the field, but Penn State earned a 24-21 overtime win at Beaver Stadium last year.



With the season wrapping up this weekend, special thank you to student writer Paul Marboe for all of his
Contributions on the 2013 Opponent Previews each week throughout the season.

VIDEO: Wisconsin Week Player Q&As

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com talks with freshman Christian Hackenberg and junior Mike Hull leading up to the season finale at Wisconsin.


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