Paterno sees win from perch

Published November 19, 2006

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - From his perch in the press box, Joe Paterno looked pensive, even a little nervous at times.

He had reason to worry.

Anthony Morelli threw for two touchdowns and the defense clamped down after halftime as the Nittany Lions, expected to receive a bid to the Outback Bowl this week, overcame four first-half fumbles to defeat Michigan State 17-13 Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

It wasn't until Tim Shaw's sack of Spartans quarterback Brian Hoyer with less than three minutes left that Paterno and his Nittany Lions could breathe easy. It was Paterno's first game back at the stadium since the 79-year-old coach broke his left leg on Nov. 4.

"Joe was up in the box and had observations, saw some things and it worked," said offensive coordinator and former Florida coach Galen Hall, who was joined in the press box by Paterno. "It was good to have him up there. ... He was very much involved in the game."

No. 12 Wisconsin 35, Buffalo 3

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin snapped out of what looked like a senior slump on Senior Day, scoring two touchdowns just before halftime to pull away from the pesky Bulls.

Wisconsin, after its first 11-win regular season, appears headed to a second straight berth in the Capital One Bowl.

"I would say we're a very good team that deserves as big a venue as we can," Badgers coach Bret Bielema said.

PURDUE 28, INDIANA 19: Curtis Painter passed for 260 yards and a touchdown and overcame four interceptions to lead the host Boilermakers in the Old Oaken Bucket game. The loss eliminated IU from bowl contention.

MINNESOTA 34, IOWA 24: Amir Pinnix carried 23 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns, and Minnesota forced five turnovers to become bowl eligible. The host Golden Gophers took back the Floyd of Rosedale trophy by winning their third straight.

NORTHWESTERN 27, ILLINOIS 16: Tyrell Sutton ran for 110 yards as the host Wildcats beat their biggest rival and avoided finishing last in the Big Ten.