MADISON, Wis. -- Some quick thoughts at the end of the first quarter in Madison, where Wisconsin and Penn State are tied at 7-7. But probably not for much longer.
After being stopped on the game's opening series, Wisconsin has settled in to a nice rhythm on offense. Senior QB Russell Wilson has come to play, connecting on 8 of 11 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Top WRs Jared Abbrederis and Nick Toon both have been effective against Penn State's veteran secondary, and the line is opening things up for RBs Montee Ball and James White. Wisconsin might have to pass to set up the run today, but Wilson looks more than willing to do so. The Badgers held the ball for 11:23 in the quarter.
Curtis Drake continues to be a difference-maker for Penn State's offense. A week after leading the Wild-Lion attack against Ohio State, the sophomore found himself uncovered for an easy 44-yard touchdown. Drake benefited from a blown coverage by Wisconsin safety Aaron Henry on the play. Wisconsin might want to keep an eye on No. 7 from here on out. Drake had only three catches coming into the game.
Matthew McGloin looked comfortable throwing the ball until an ill-advised interception. It will be interesting to see how the Penn State quarterback responds.
Special teams continue to hurt Wisconsin in big games. A running into the punter penalty on White prolonged Penn State's first drive, leading to the Lions' touchdown. The Badgers also had a kickoff sail out of bounds to give Penn State excellent field position.