Penn State beats Wisconsin 24-21 in OT

Penn State beats Wisconsin 24-21 in OT
November 24, 2012, 7:28 pm
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Penn State football players huddle on the field during warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. The 42 worn on the left side of their normally white helmets is in honor of injured senior linebacker Michael Mautii, who wears No. 42. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Sam Ficken hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime, and Wisconsin's Kyle French attempt from 45 yards went wide left to seal Penn State's 24-21 win Saturday in an emotional season finale in Happy Valley.

The Nittany Lions (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) could have ended it for good a play earlier, but linebacker Glenn Carson dropped a potential interception.

Still, the Beaver Stadium faithful celebrated anyway after French's miss on Senior Day capped a challenging year that began with landmark sanctions from the NCAA for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

Quarterback Curt Phillips found Jeff Duckworth for a 4-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left for Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4) to make it 21-all and send the game into overtime.

Badgers star running back Montee Ball ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, and set the NCAA record with his 97th career score.