Penn State pulls away to blow out Michigan
Written by Matt Pargoff   


The Nittany Lions came out the gate fast against Michigan on Saturday evening, quickly taking a 14-0 lead. While the Wolverines battled back after that rough start, Penn State’s scoring in the first five minutes was all that was needed. That’s not where it stopped though.

After Michigan scored twice to make it a one-point game, the No. 2 Nittany Lions rattled off the next 28 straight points, scoring once late in the first half, then pulling away after the break, cruising to a 42-13 win.

The Wolverines’ typically stingy defense had a rough outing, giving up 506 yards and tying the most points surrendered by a Jim Harbaugh team at Michigan. Penn State’s first four scores all came on drives of at least 75 yards, while the final two in the fourth quarter were from midfield.

The Maize and Blue remained within striking distance for much of the game, down by 15 points in the fourth quarter, when a fumble by John O’Korn opened the floodgates, allowing the Nittany Lions to pull away.

Despite the turnover, O’Korn had a productive evening, completing 16-of-28 passes for 166 yards, connecting with seven different pass catchers. But the Wolverines struggled to protect him, allowing seven sacks, while converting just 6-of-16 third downs.

After the running game took over at Indiana a week earlier, Michigan struggled to make use of its ground game, rushing for just 103 total yards.

The Wolverines fall to 5-2 with the loss, sitting at 2-2 in conference play. Michigan will play host to Rutgers next week at noon for homecoming.


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