Advertisement

 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -Meet Penn State, the scrappy little underdog looking to prove its doubters wrong.
OK, so the no-respect bit might be a little hard to swallow at this point, with Penn State ranked No. 3 and plowing through the opposition on its way to a 7-0 start.
But Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark senses some skepticism.
So after a 48-7 dismantling of slumping Wisconsin on Saturday night, Clark said the Nittany Lions are out to prove they're legitimate national championship contenders.
``We ignore what people say - that we're overrated, that we can't win on the road and things like that,'' Clark said. ``Joe (Paterno) tells us to put that on the back burner, but don't forget about it.''
After winning back-to-back Big Ten road games, the Nittany Lions head home to play struggling Michigan - the next step in what might be shaping up as another title run under the 81-year-old Coach Paterno.
id the Nittany Lions ``deserve to be considered'' in the national championship picture.
``Our goal is to get to the top and there is no room for stumbles,'' left tackle Gerald Cadogan said. ``It was important to keep making a statement and we did against Wisconsin.''
Despite dealing Wisconsin (3-3, 0-3) its worst loss since 1989, Nittany Lions players saw room for improvement - especially on offense.
Clark was 16-of-25 for 244 yards and a touchdown, and ran for another two scores. But running back Evan Royster was held to 60 yards and a touchdown.
The lopsided final score was more about the Nittany Lions' dominant defense. Penn State held the Badgers' once-intimidating running game to a relatively tame 148 yards and delivered four turnovers.
``Wisconsin gave us the ball multiple times,'' Paterno said.
So to summarize, Penn State beat a team that recently was ranked in the top 10 by 41 points on the road - and thinks it can play much better.
``We didn't play our best game but it was still a dominant performance,'' wide receiver Jordan Norwood said. ``We still have a lot to work on but it was great to quiet their crowd and to play so well in a hostile environment.''
Camp Randall Stadium certainly was a hostile environment Saturday, but much of that hostility was directed toward the home team and its embattled starting quarterback, Allan Evridge.
ulled Evridge, a transfer from Kansas State who won the job in training camp, in favor of backup Dustin Sherer in the third quarter.
Already on a short leash after disappointing performances in narrow losses at Michigan and against Ohio State at home, Evridge was 2-of-10 for 50 yards and an interception before he was pulled from Saturday's game.
Bielema isn't committing to a quarterback for Saturday's game at Iowa.
``Now it's all about pride,'' Evridge said. ``We've kind of let a lot of things go. We lost those two games by a small margin and today we just got absolutely destroyed. We've got to continue one game at a time and start next week against Iowa.''
It was the second straight home loss for the Badgers, and the first time they'd opened conference play with three losses since 2002.
``Obviously, when you get into the coaching profession, there will be good days and bad days,'' Bielema said. ``Today, our team did some good things at times, but overall, did not do very many positive things.''
Wisconsin's struggles didn't seem to be much of a surprise to Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin.
``We really are pretty confident in our abilities,'' Maybin said. ``We know what we can do. We knew coming in that we had the ability to break this game open. It was a matter of going out and getting it done, as always. We wanted to make sure we sent a message to them and we did that.''

Recent NCAAF Discussions

ACC Conference Preview on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
Handicapping 2016 Win Totals on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
Big 12 Conference Betting Preview on Mon, Jul 2016 by Blade
2016 College Conference Previews on Sun, Jul 2016 by Blade
Advertisement

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Arkansas Season Win Total Prediction Few teams in college football ended the 2015 season with more momentum than the Arkansas Razorbacks. Now that the word is out, though,...
Thumbnail Iowa Win Total Prediction Following a Big Ten West Division Championship in 2015, can the Iowa Hawkeyes put together another big year in 2016?
Thumbnail Washington State Win Total Prediction After winning 10 games a year ago, will the Washington State Cougars build off their 2015 campaign or take a step back in 2016?
Thumbnail Oklahoma State Season Win Total Prediction Even in the pass-happy Big 12, a true contender for the conference championship must gain tough yards on the ground. That explains precisely where Oklahoma...
Thumbnail Wisconsin Win Total Prediction After a 10-win season in 2015, can the Wisconsin Badgers make a push for the Big Ten Championship in 2016?
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages

Advertisement