Highs and Lows: Penn State 28 - MI 21

The Michigan Wolverines' basketball recruiting class is now rated eighth nationally following the commitment of five-star power forward Isaiah Todd

No. 7 Penn State exhales after holding off No. 16 Michigan, 28-21

Well, Michigan didn't have the right defense on the field, he says.

Michigan: The Wolverines did a solid job against Penn State's high-pressure defense gashing the Nittany Lions for a season-high 417 yards.

In most circumstances, a 6-4, 319-pound human wouldn't be too hard to find, but as players scattered across the field with the game clock at triple zeros to exchange hugs, handshakes and photos, Hamler finally found Ruiz. Hamler had six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns, but his four-yard run in the final minutes to keep the clock rolling after MI had burned two timeouts may have been the clutch play of the day for the speedy receiver.

BEST PASS Sean Clifford's first-quarter connection with Jahan Dotson along Penn State's sideline was a thing of beauty.

MI surrendered just seven points and 80 yards of offense in the game's final two quarters, and consistently got the ball back into the offense's hands.

But when Penn State went up 21-0 in the second quarter - MI scored a touchdown before halftime - fans were angry. He also rushed twice for six yards, returned two kickoffs for 65 yards and three punts.

Recent history has seen Penn State fail to finish off a game despite carrying a double-digit lead int he fourth quarter, but Saturday night was a different story for the Nittany Lions. The Wolverines scored a touchdown in the second quarter to trail, 21-7, at halftime thanks to a 12-yard run by Zach Charbonnet.

Patterson went 24 for 41 for 276 yards, but did throw an interception.




Penn State: The Nittany Lions averaged 7.0 yards per play in the first half, but just 1.9 in the second until Hamler's 53-yard touchdown catch.

Officiating aside, the Wolverines are now 1-10 against AP ranked opponents in the Jim Harbaugh era.

MI was flagged eight times for 48 yards while Penn State was called five times for 58 yards. Patterson got the pass to his receiver in the end zone, but a dropped pass by Ronnie Bell resulted in a turnover on downs.

While Michigan punted twice - once after crossing midfield - and gave up the ball on downs at the Nittany Lions 36 in the first quarter, Penn State gashed the Michigan defense with two big plays and a touchdown. Penn State's running game struggled a bit, as Ricky Slade led the team with just 48 rushing yards. No other Penn State running back broke 19 yards. A monster 60-yard punt from Blake Gillikin helped flip field position, then Chisena did the rest by sending Peoples-Jones backward another six yards to Michigan's 10-yard line.

MI forced a Penn State punt and took the ball at the Nittany Lions' 47 with almost seven minutes on the clock. The Wolverines punted the ball back seven plays later.

The Nittany Lions are now 7-0 and, with Wisconsin losing to IL earlier Saturday, should climb up to No. 6 in the rankings.

Penn State visits Michigan State on Saturday.

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