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NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: // NO. 11 NORTHWESTERN (7-1) AT NO. 15 PENN STATE (7-2)

WHEN/WHERE: 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa.

TV: Ch. 28.

LINE: Penn State by 9{.

COACHES: Northwestern _ Gary Barnett (25-27-1, fifth year). Penn State _ Joe Paterno (285-74-3, 31st year).

BIG TEN RECORDS: Northwestern 5-0, Penn State 3-2.

AT STAKE: The Wildcats lead the Big Ten by a half game over Ohio State. The defending champs play at Iowa next week before closing with a home game against Purdue. They have won a school-record 13 straight conference games.

CHARMED LIFE: Northwestern has won the past four weeks by a combined 10 points, coming from behind in the fourth quarter in three of those games.

QB CONTROVERSY?: Paterno benched starting QB Wally Richardson in favor of Mike McQueary, who responded with 184 passing yards and two TDs as Penn State rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Indiana.

_ BOB HARIG

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