Wolverines pummel Penn State
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Facing their third straight ranked opponent, the Wolverines showed little to no rust from the bye in taking on Penn State, putting forward another dominating defensive performance on the way to a 42-7 victory.

Despite a significant edge in yardage and virtually every other statistical category, Michigan held just a 14-0 edge heading into the final minute of the third quarter. That’s when the floodgates finally opened.

Putting together a 13-play, 90-yard drive, the Wolverines scored on a Shea Patterson touchdown pass to Zach Gentry. Two plays later, Michigan players were again dancing in the end zone, following a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown by Brandon Watson.

Then forcing a three-and-out, the Wolverines put together a 53-yard touchdown drive, followed by an interception and another quick score. The 28-point onslaught covered just over eight minutes in game clock time.

Michigan out-gained Penn State 403-186, with 119 of the Nittany Lions’ yards coming on just two possessions, including a late scoring drive.

Patterson completed 11-of-17 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns, adding 42 rushing yards and a touchdown run. Karan Higdon rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries, hitting the 100-yard mark for his seventh straight game.

The Michigan defense held Penn State to 2-of-11 conversions on third down, racking up five sacks, including two from linebacker Josh Uche.

The game saw the return of defensive end Rashan Gary from a shoulder injury, and offensive tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty also started after leaving the Wolverines’ last outing early. While that news on the injury front was good for the Maize and Blue, Jim Harbaugh revealed some negative news, announcing that backup quarterback Dylan McCaffrey had broken his collarbone.

Improving to 8-1 on the season, the Wolverines appear primed to enter the top-4 in the College Football Playoff ranking. They will go on the road next week, playing at Rutgers at 3:30 p.m. eastern on Big Ten Network.

 
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