Junior linebacker Chris Borland was forced to miss the Ohio State game with a hamstring injury but is looking to return this weekend against Penn State.[/media-credit]Following an emotional 21-14 overtime loss to Ohio State Saturday at Camp Randall, the Wisconsin football team will be looking to recover quickly from heartbreak as they travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State in its Big Ten regular season finale.Head coach Bret Bielema addressed the demoralizing loss from the weekend before turning focus to Penn State at his weekly press conference Monday.In Wisconsin’s last eight losses, the margin of defeat has been a touchdown or less, and Bielema admitted just a few mistakes can lead to a more favorable outcome.“If you don’t take advantage of maybe a touchdown throw here, a tackle here, that’s what gives you a loss,” Bielema said,Nonetheless, the Badgers have certainly shown resiliency under Bielema, having never lost back-to-back games in the month of November, going a perfect 3-0.But a rebounding win will not be a simple task this week as Penn State (7-4, 5-2 Big Ten) and senior quarterback Matt McGloin the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week – await Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3).McGloin dominated Indiana through the air by completing 22 of 32 passes for 395 yards and four touchdowns in a convincing 45-22 victory Saturday. McGloin also set Penn State records in career touchdowns, career 200-yard passing games, season completions and season passing yards in the rout.“He really understands the role that he has at quarterback in that system,” Bielema said of McGloin. “He’s obviously a very intelligent, very competitive kid. … You can see why the kids play hard around him.”McGloin is one of several Nittany Lion seniors that elected to remain at Penn State after a tumultuous offseason in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Despite NCAA sanctions and the death of longtime head coach Joe Paterno, the Nittany Lions have largely exceeded preseason expectations during head coach Bill O’Brien’s first full season.“[It’s] very easy to see that they’ve gotten better every week – offense, defense, special teams,” Bielema said. “I think their coach is getting more and more familiar with what they can bring to the table.”Injury updatesDepending on the health of many Badgers, Wisconsin may not be able to field its top players. The Badgers are hoping redshirt sophomore right tackle Rob Havenstein and middle linebacker Chris Borland will be able to recover from injuries in time for Saturday’s matchup.Bielema said Havenstein could possibly return to practice later this week coming off a mild MCL sprain. Chris Borland’s status is looking positive after he suffered a hamstring injury against Indiana. The junior linebacker’s aggressive, consistent this season have helped anchor the 14th-best scoring defense in the nation.“[Borland’s] feeling very, very well,” Bielema said. “He’ll get in the pool and do some more running here today and we’ll hopefully see where he can be for tomorrow afternoon’s practice.”Bielema noted that given Wisconsin’s proximity to the end of the season, the team may adjust its practice schedule as it prepares for the Nittany Lions.“I gave [the team] Sunday to get a jump start on Penn State, we have today off and then we’ll jump into tomorrow’s practice,” Bielema said. “I think it’s important for us to know that we are at the end of a 12-game stretch here where they’ve battled their all, they’ve gotten to a 7-4 mark.“I think the mental fatigue and the physical fatigue is real, so as a head coach I’ve got to be smart with what we ask guys to do this week, especially with the Thanksgiving week and all the scheduling things that brings.”The Badgers will look to build momentum heading into the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis Dec. 1. Additionally, Wisconsin’s seniors will be looking to play their way into the Badger record book, as a win over Penn State would tie the mark of 40 victories in a four-year span set by the class of 2007.The next class to come through the Wisconsin program will likely have a completely different slate over four years as two new teams – Maryland and Rutgers – are planning to join the Big Ten in 2014-15. At the time of the press conference, Bielema had limited time to think about the move, but he noted that it does benefit UW’s recruiting efforts on the East Coast. “We do go against Rutgers quite a bit in recruiting when we’re in New Jersey, New York, even in on the eastern side of the country in Florida,” Bielema said. “I’m excited. Every time the commissioner and the athletic directors have come up with a plan, that’s been very, very positive. I’m assuming this will be as well.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.– Y.R.L., Youngstown, Ohio A: You are right: Each astronaut named his own spacecraft. They all added “7” to acknowledge their fellow astronauts, known as the Mercury Seven. The astronauts were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton. Slayton was grounded in 1962 with an irregular heartbeat; his reinstatement occurred 10 years later, and he flew on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. Q: Near Kinderhook, N.Y., is Lindenwald, the home of Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States. Where did he get the name Lindenwald? – N.D., Waco, Texas A: Although Van Buren bought the home while still president, he didn’t move in until 1841 after losing his bid for a second term. He named the estate Lindenwald, Dutch for “linden wood,” after the trees lining the roadway in front of his estate. Question: I think my folks’ favorite TV program was “Make Room for Daddy,” starring Danny Thomas. As I recall, it aired on Tuesday nights, and that evening’s activities often revolved around the show. In the early years, Thomas had a wife. He was later a widower, and then, toward the end of the show, he remarried. What happened to his first wife? – Y.E.T., Providence, R.I. Answer: The show premiered in the fall of 1953 and continued until 1964. Thomas played a nightclub entertainer named Danny Williams. His wife, Margaret (played by Jean Hagen), quit the show in 1956, and her character was killed off. The following season, Danny began dating; the 1956-1957 season ended with him proposing to a young nurse named Kathy O’Hara (Marjorie Lord). The fifth season opened with the happy couple returning from their honeymoon. Q: I have a question about the Project Mercury spaceflight program. It is my understanding that each astronaut named his spacecraft, such as Freedom 7 (Alan Shepard) or Liberty Bell 7 (Virgil Grissom). Six manned Mercury flights all contained the number seven. What does that represent? Q: I know what a boll weevil is; yet I don’t. I know it devastates cotton crops, but where did it get that name? – G.P., Brattleboro, Vt. A: A weevil is a beetle, or a particular type of beetle, that is destructive to plants. The word comes from the Old English wifel, or beetle. Boll is a part of several different plants; in this case, the cotton plant. Q: Who wrote “What mighty contests rise from trivial things”? – E.C., Troy, N.Y. A: That is one of the lines from “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope (1688-1744). Q: Where is (or was) the Gosport Shipyard? – S.L.P., Dover, Del. A: The Gosport Shipyard was founded in November 1767 on the western shore of the Elizabeth River in the Virginia Colony. During the Civil War, when Union forces recaptured the naval yard, the name was changed to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, even though it is located in Portsmouth, Va. The name Norfolk was probably chosen to avoid confusion with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard that already existed in Kittery, Maine, near Portsmouth, N.H. Send your questions to Mr. Know-It-All at firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o United Feature Syndicate, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!