His voice cracking slightly, Jay Paterno said he has been focusing on football ever since the child sexual abuse scandal broke four weeks ago, followed by the two pieces of bad news concerning his father. Now, he admitted, he won't have that to distract him while his team waits to see if it will receive a bowl bid.
"I'll probably just go where I can kind of crash emotionally [Sunday] and think about some things," he said.
"We'll meet [Sunday] and go over some things, and get ready to go do some recruiting next week. But I'll get to spend some time with my kids and get to kind of deal with this, because I haven't had a chance to with everything that's happened. So that's probably what I'll do" Sunday.
The Nittany Lions ran just six plays out of the Wildcat formation, and Wisconsin appeared ready for each one.
True freshman Bill Belton, from Winslow Township High, took five Wildcat snaps and also threw the first pass (incomplete to tight end Kevin Haplea) attempted by the Lions out of the formation. Belton gained 12 yards on three carries, and handed off to Silas Redd on another play.
Redshirt sophomore Curtis Drake had just one snap, on the game's first possession when he ran for 4 yards. Two plays later, Drake caught a 44-yard pass from Matt McGloin for Penn State's only touchdown, and the first of his career.
"I was just able to get over that hump," Drake said. "This is the first one in my career, so I'm definitely grateful for that. I was a little excited but I couldn't get too excited because we still had a football game to play."
The loss was the worst for a Penn State team since the 45-6 loss at Ohio State in 2000, a game notable for the serious spinal injury suffered by Adam Taliaferro. . . . One week after putting up 239 rushing yards on Ohio State, the Lions managed just 114 Saturday, with Redd gaining 66 on 12 carries. . . . The Badgers' victory was their 16th straight at home, second among current streaks behind the 17 of top-ranked Louisiana state.
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