(MADISON, WI) — Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg threw for 339 yards and four touchdowns as Penn State topped No. 15 Wisconsin 31-24 at Camp Randall Stadium.
Hackenberg connected with Eugune Lewis on two of those scores, including a 59-yard touchdown strike to give Penn State (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) a 31-13 lead.
The Badgers (9-3, 6-2) stormed back to get within one score, but a Hail Mary attempt by Joel Stave was intercepted in the end zone by Ryan Keiser with one second remaining.
“It means a lot,” Head coach Bill O’Brien said after the win. “First give a lot of credit to Wisconsin they’ve got a heck of a football team, but to be able to come in here on the road we haven’t played well on the road all year, until we get here, and to send these guys out on a winning note means a lot for our program and a lot for Penn State University.”
Stave also passed for 339 yards and three touchdowns, but his three interceptions proved to be costly for the Badgers.
Penn State cannot go to a bowl game because of sanctions, but they clinched a winning record on the road for the season and ended the 2013 campaign on a high note.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com