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After impressive comeback, Wisconsin hosts Penn State

Oct 31, 2006 - 9:28 PM Penn St (6-3) at No. 17 Wisconsin (8-1), 12:00 pm EST

MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) - No. 17 Wisconsin looks to continue an impressive first season under coach Bret Bielema when it hosts Big Ten Conference rival Penn State on Saturday.

The Badgers (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) rallied from an 18-point deficit for a 30-24 home victory over Illinois last week. It was their largest comeback victory since erasing a 21-point deficit vs. Missouri in 1984.

Wisconsin took the lead for good on the first play of the fourth quarter when John Stocco hit Andy Crooks with a screen pass and the tight end ran 21 yards to the 1 before fumbling into the end zone and recovering for a touchdown.

With the triumph, Bielema set a school record for wins by a first-year coach. His squad has won five straight games since a 27-13 loss at Michigan on September 23.

Penn State (6-3, 4-2) has won four of its past five games, including a 12-0 triumph at Purdue last Saturday.

Tony Hunt ran 31 times for 142 yards and a touchdown for the Nittany Lions, who outgained the Boilermakers on the ground, 240-62.

Wisconsin is 7-4 against Penn State but was blown out last year in Happy Valley, 35-14.

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