Halftime update: Penn State 24, Wisconsin 7

October, 11, 2008
10/11/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

MADISON, Wis. -- Any questions?

Right now, Penn State seems to have all the answers.

The Nittany Lions are doing what a national championship contender is supposed to do. They're dominating an inferior team in every aspect of the game. And it's been the same way all season. Joe Paterno is in the press box for the second straight week with what is now being called a right hip injury, but the 81-year-old could coach this team from just about anywhere.

Daryll Clark, Evan Royster (58 rush yards) and the Spread HD offense cranked it up in the second quarter, but Penn State's special teams have been the most impressive element of its play. Derrick Williams continues to reaffirm himself as a major threat, notching his first punt return for a touchdown this season after two scores on kick returns. The Lions' kickoff and punt coverage has been tremendous, and dangerous Badgers return man David Gilreath has paid the price every time he touches the ball.

Wisconsin finally showed a pulse midway through the quarter, as quarterback Allan Evridge used his legs to get the struggling offense in the end zone. The problem continues to be the passing game. Evridge has completed just 2 of 8 attempts, and his fumble deep in Wisconsin territory turned a manageable halftime deficit into a nearly insurmountable one. Penn State sophomore defensive end Aaron Maybin is for real (1.5 TFLs), and Badgers running backs P.J. Hill and John Clay aren't getting through for any big plays.

At least the Badgers band is back. But if the offense doesn't notch a big play or two, this could get even uglier.

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