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2007 Ultimate Nat'l Title - East Finals

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Posted Aug 12, 2007


CFN 2007 Preview - The Ultimate National Title Playoff East Finals

CFN's 2007 Annual Ultimate College Football Playoff

East Division - Finals

East
Finals
North | South West
Semifinals
North | South
East |
West
Third Round
North | South
East |
West
Second Round
North | South
East |
West
First Round
North | South
East |
West 
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Ultimate National Title Seedings & Brackets
1. Oklahoma
2. Wisconsin
3. Georgia Tech
4. Florida
5. Penn State
6. Nebraska
7. Auburn
8. Maryland
9. Oregon
10. South Carolina
11. Virginia
12. Notre Dame
13. Utah
14. Hawaii
15. Southern Miss
16. Mississippi State
17. Kansas
18. Stanford
19. Connecticut
20. North Carolina
21. Memphis
22. New Mexico State
23. UNLV
24. San Diego State
25. UTEP
26. Ball State
27. Arkansas State
28. Florida Atlantic
29. Buffalo
30. Utah State

No. 2 Wisconsin 24 ... No. 5 Penn State 10

The Wisconsin defense knocked out Penn State starting QB Anthony Morelli in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, and then teed off on the running game.

UW QB Tyler Donovan dinked and dunked his way to 253 yards and ran for 56 yards in an efficient, if not spectacular, performance, with the second scoring pass, a 29-yard strike to Paul Hubbard, putting the game away early in the fourth quarter.

Penn State got out to a 3-0 lead, but on the Nittany Lions' second drive, UW DE Kurt Ware got into the backfield untouched and flattened Morelli, causing a fumble. Morelli dove for the ball and recovered it, but suffered a separated shoulder when two Badgers dove in.

From then on, Penn State struggled as backup quarterback Daryll Clark threw three interceptions and was under pressure on seemingly every play. He was able to connect with Deon Butler for a 17-yard touchdown in the third quarter to cut the lead to 17-10, but that was the only time he led the offense closer than the Badger 40.

"It wasn't all Daryll's fault," said Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. "We didn't do a good enough job of protecting him and we didn't do anything on the ground to get control of the game."

It's not like the vaunted Badger running game got off the round, either. P.J. Hill was held to 49 yards on 19 carries, but he was able to barrel in from two yards out for a first quarter score and a 7-3 lead. This was the game for Donovan.

Managing the game, Donovan didn't take chances, didn't throw any dangerous passes, and did just enough on third downs to keep the momentum on UW's side and keep Penn State from ever getting into any sort of rhythm.

During his best stretch of the game, Donovan completed five of seven passes and scampered for 11 yards on third and five on the way to a second quarter scoring drive that culminated in a four-yard scoring pass to Travis Beckum.

"Our defense seemed to have control of the game and the running game wasn't able to run like we'd like it to," said Donovan. "So as long as I made the throws that were there and took what they gave me, I thought we'd be alright."

Overshadowed in the loss was a brilliant day from Penn State LB Dan Connor, who made 14 tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack. He kept Hill from breaking anything big all game long.

For the Badgers, Jonathan Casillas was the main cog in the run defense making 12 stops and tripped up RB Austin Scott two times when it appeared he had room to rumble. Scott finished with just 39 yards on 13 carries.

Player of the Game
- Wisconsin QB Tyler Donovan completed 19 of 29 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns and ran 11 times for 53 yards
Fun Stat - Turnovers: Penn State 4 - Wisconsin 0

East Champion - Wisconsin Badgers