Wisconsin Football: Winners and Losers from the Week 13 Game vs. Penn State
The Wisconsin Badgers lost another heartbreaker, falling in overtime to Penn State, 24-21. The Badgers jumped out to an early lead yet were unable to hold on.
Unfortunately, Wisconsin was unable to build any momentum in preparation for the Big Ten title game and enters Indianapolis on a two game ski.
Here's a look at the winners and losers from the Badgers' tough loss to Penn State.
Winner: Montee Ball
Against Penn State, Ball was the only consistent force on the Badgers offense, rushing for 111 yards on 27 carries, a solid 4.1 average. Montee Ball's first quarter touchdown run set the NCAA career touchdown record. The Wisconsin star passed former Miami Redhawk Travis Prentice, setting the new mark at 79.
With his record-setting performance, Montee Ball was a big winner against Penn State.
Loser: Kyle French
Kyle French, the Badgers kicker, missed the game-tying field goal in overtime, costing the Badgers the game. Unfortunately for the Badgers, French has struggled all season, and his inconsistency doomed Wisconsin yet again. The Badgers kicker has to start making his field goals if he wants to keep his starting spot.
Kyle French was a definite loser against Penn State.
Winner: Derek Landisch
Star linebacker Chris Borland missed the game against Penn State due to injury, but backup Derek Landisch played extremely well. Landisch recorded 11 tackles, as well as a pass break-up, and earned valuable Big Ten experience.
Landisch was a big winner against Penn State, and he continues to prove that the future is bright for Wisconsin at the linebacker position.
Loser: Curt Phillips
Curt Phillips continues to be maddeningly inconsistent. Against Penn State, the Badger quarterback was all over the place, throwing for two touchdowns but also an interception. Phillips also had another potential interception dropped by a Nittany Lion defender, and he completed only 12 passes on the day.
Phillips has to improve his completion percentage and his decision making in order to be successful at the quarterback position. Until that happens, Phillips will continue to be a liability at the quarterback position.
Curt Phillips left the game against Penn State a loser.
The Badgers have been unable to close out games all season, and that trend continued against Penn State. Outside of Montee Ball's record-setting score, there weren't many positives from the loss.
Curt Phillips and the rest of the Badgers need to find some consistency if they are going to challenge Nebraska in the Big Ten title game.