Michigan and Penn State kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, October 21, in a key Big Ten East Division matchup. The No. 19 Wolverines and No. 2 Nittany Lions face each other for the 21st time since Penn State officially began Big Ten play in 1993. Michigan handed Penn State its only Big Ten loss last season, a 49-10 trouncing in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Wolverines defeated Indiana 27-20 in overtime last weekend. They are 13-7 all-time against the Nittany Lions, and have won the last three meetings. They are, however, still in search of a stronger offensive identity after losing quarterback Wilton Speight (fractured vertebrae) in Week 4 and playing with an inexperienced offensive line and a young group of wide receivers.
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Michigan-Penn State live updates, score
Final score: Penn State 42, Michigan 13
Penn State 42, Michigan 13 (7:53, 4Q): The Nittany Lions are going in for the kill. Trace McSorley scores his third touchdown on a 9-yard run, his third rushing touchdown tonight.
Penn State 35, Michigan 13 (13:11, 4Q): Penn State may have thwarted Michigan’s drive near midfield when Christian Campbell sacked O’Korn and Robert Windsor recovered the ball at the Michigan 46, three yards behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan, however, is challenging the play.
The play stands. Penn State has another chance to manage the clock with a methodical drive. But on its second play, McSorley finds Barkley for a 42-yard pass … which Barkley bobbles, but hangs onto, to score his third touchdown.
Catching the ball is just too easy for Saquon Barkley… why not make it more difficult 😳 pic.twitter.com/nx6QlGmNR5
— Jason Lewis (@JasonLewis_TV) October 22, 2017
About Saquon Barkley:
Saquon Barkley becomes first Penn State player with 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in career. 4th Big Ten player to do it.
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 22, 2017
End third quarter: Penn State 28, Michigan 13.
Defensive end Chase Winovich went to the locker room with a probable knee injury, per Michigan radio. True freshman Kwity Paye has taken Winovich’s place on the defensive line. This is where we see how the depth of Michigan’s defensive line will fare, but it’s a statement of confidence to put Paye in against the nation’s No. 2 team.
A lot of people came to see this one.
NEW Beaver Stadium attendance record: 110, 823
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) October 22, 2017
Penn State 28, Michigan 13 (5:13, 3Q): Trace McSorley commanded a drive that lasted more than five minutes, and ended it with a 13-yard touchdown run. But again, Penn State’s forte tonight has been the passing game. McSorley is making calculated decisions — and throwing for long passes, which is slowly wearing down Michigan’s secondary. This is likely the most legitimate passing offense Michigan’s secondary has seen this season.
Penn State 21, Michigan 13 (10:37, 3Q): Michigan had two third-down conversions in its drive to open the second half, but got no further than the Penn State 46, on O’Korn’s 9-yard pass on third-and-16. Michigan is 3-for-9 on third-down conversions.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has cooled off in the ground game, with only 9 yards rushing since the first quarter. Penn State has continued to emphasize the pass in an otherwise balanced offense so far. Balanced as in Saquon Barkley/rushing (160 yards) and passing (193 yards).
- The most points allowed by Michigan this season coming into this game was 20. The most yards allowed was 278. Both totals were by Indiana last week in overtime. Penn State has surpassed both in the first half with 21 points and 302 yards.
- Michigan has done what it has needed to do when the offense has gotten to the red zone. The Wolverines scored touchdowns on both drives.
- Quinn Nordin had made his first 17 PATs before missing that first one. Jim Harbaugh was wise not to go for 2-point conversion after Ty Isaac’s 6-yard run. If they don’t make it, this is a two-possession game.
- Penn State had turned the ball over just five times entering the game. Credit defensive coordinator Don Brown with switching to a zone defense, putting David Long in the right place to pick off Trace McSorley’s pass. Tight end Mike Gesicki didn’t read the switch.
- Saquon Barkley had 127 yards and 0 touchdowns on 30 carries in his first two games against Michigan. He’s got 109 yards and 2 TDs on 11 carries in the first half. However, Barkley got 69 yards on his first TD. So, 40 yards on the other 10 carries is a pretty good job by the Wolverines.
- Lavert Hill is playing as well as any corner in the Big Ten. He came up with a big fourth down pass breakup with tight coverage on DaeSean Hamilton.
Halftime: Penn State 21, Michigan 13
Halftime stats: Penn State 21, Michigan 13… pic.twitter.com/lIpsTj5GZC
— Land of 10 Michigan (@Landof10MICH) October 22, 2017
Penn State 21, Michigan 13 (0:53, 2Q): Penn State wasn’t going to settle for a 1-point lead. The Nittany Lions ran their 2-minute drill to near-perfection, capped off by Trace McSorley’s 3-yard touchdown run. The highlight of the 7-play, 75-yard drive was Mike Gesicki’s catch at the 3, in which he landed a foot inside the sideline to continue the drive.
Sidebar: Penn State’s 21 points is the most allowed by Michigan in a game so far this season.
Penn State 14, Michigan 13 (1:46, 2Q): Michigan’s first third-down conversion was a huge one. Kekoa Crawford’s 23-yard catch on third-and-5 set up Ty Isaac’s touchdown, which has brought the Wolverines within one point. Michigan no longer looks like an overwhelmed team. The Wolverines are pacing themselves and making smart plays on offense. The offensive line is playing probably the best it has so far this season. The defense is also doing its job — as evidenced by forcing Penn State to turn over the ball on downs.
Penn State 14, Michigan 6 (5:05, 2Q): The Nittany Lions have converted 2 of 4 third-downs (Michigan is 0-4), including McSorley’s 27-yard pass to DaeSean Hamilton. However, Barkley was unable to hold onto a long offering on first-and-10 from the 6, and Michigan got the ball back on downs when Hamilton couldn’t grab a fourth-down pass from McSorley inside the Michigan 20. Lavert Hill defended the play with excellent precision.
Penn State 14, Michigan 6 (10:00, 2Q): Michigan’s defense has finally found a groove, forcing Penn State to go three-and-out deep in its own territory. Penn State has to answer with its own defensive stand, about five minutes into the second quarter.
Penn State 14, Michigan 6 (12:53, 2Q): Karan Higdon converts on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with a long 1-yard touchdown run, which was valuable both for Michigan’s confidence and for momentum. The next defensive series will be critical for Michigan.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 22, 2017
But in a surprise … Quinn Nordin misses the PAT kick, after the Penn State crowd booed the former Nittany Lions commit as he lined up for the kick.
End first quarter
David Long’s interception gave Michigan the break it needed. Instead of Penn State possibly leading 21-0, Michigan ended the first quarter at the Penn State 3 on six plays, and is in position to make this back into a one-possession game. Michigan has moved the ball on short plays that have gained substantial yardage, including three plays that have gained at least 11 yards.
Penn State was saved by the bell — Michigan ended the quarter at the Penn State 3, which kept Penn State’s first-quarter scoreless streak intact (90-0).
Penn State 14, Michigan 0 (3:16, 1Q): Michigan just keeps going backwards, offensively. Penn State is outgaining Michigan 156 to minus-5, and Michigan has one rushing yard. When it appeared Michigan’s defense started to throw McSorley off balance — he threw a pair of incompletions — Tyree Kinnel was called for holding on third-and-10, giving Penn State a first down and reviving its drive. Then, Chase Winovich was called for a personal foul, which put Penn State at the 50.
Michigan can’t give away those yards, and it certainly can’t give away field position, which it continues to do. Penn State converted a key third-down on McSorley’s pass to Andre Robinson and is at the Michigan 39 with 5:18 left in the first.
However, David Long intercepts David long on second-and-6 to end the threat of Penn State’s third touchdown.
This is where Michigan needs to capitalize, starting at the Penn State 41.
Penn State 14, Michigan 0 (10:11, 1Q): Penn State isn’t hesitating at all, either. Less than five minutes into the game, the Nittany Lions have exploited the Wolverines on long plays, including Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley’s 23-yard run and his 35-yard pass to tight end Mike Gesicki. Michigan simply looks unprepared for the chances that Penn State is taking — and those aren’t chances. Those are strategic moves by Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead.
Oh, and Saquon Barkley ended that four-play drive with a 15-yard touchdown. There was a question as to how Barkley would fare versus team he has struggled against, in Penn State’s last two meetings with the Wolverines. Barkley’s shown quite a bit so far.
Penn State 7, Michigan 0 (14:17, 1Q): And Saquon Barkley shows no hesitation. The running back scores on a 69-yard touchdown run, and caught Michigan’s defense by taking the direct snap and zig-zagging for the open hole. That’s the Saquon Barkley everyone was worried about seeing — and finally showed up in his third game against the Wolverines.
Take another look at Barkley (No. 26 for Penn State):
Warning: White Out conditions in Happy Valley.
Also, GIVE THIS MAN THE TROPHY RIGHT NOW: pic.twitter.com/9mNmGYo45s
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 21, 2017
Michigan, meanwhile, got little to no movement on its first drive. O’Korn got sacked for a loss of five yards on third-and-7, and Michigan finished with minus-2 yards on its opening drive.
Michigan 0, Penn State 0, (15:00, 1Q): The Wolverines and the No. 2 Nittany Lions have kicked off at Beaver Stadium.
It’s going to be a gorgeous evening for football in State College, Pa., where the No. 19-ranked Michigan Wolverines look to hand No. 2 Penn State its first loss of the season. Temperatures are in the upper 60s with a light wind an hour before kickoff.
The Wolverines still believe they can contend for the Big Ten East division title but for that to happen, they have to win tonight. Michigan is the last Big Ten team to beat the Nittany Lions when it dominated every phase of the game in a 49-10 victory last September at the Big House.
Wilton Speight was quarterback for the Wolverines in that game, but tonight it will be John O’Korn running the offense. O’Korn grew up in Huntingdon, Pa., about 20 miles south of the Penn State campus. He’s going to have to be better in this game than the last two against Michigan State and Indiana in which he’s combined to complete 26-of-55 passes for 256 yards and 3 interceptions.
Big time stage for the boys tonight. Can't wait!! #goblue
— Wilton Speight (@WiltonSpeight) October 21, 2017
Juwann Bushell-Beatty is expected to make his second straight start at right tackle, but the offensive line’s inconsistencies this season have epitomized the struggles of the offense.
Michigan’s top focus on defense will be containing Penn State junior running back Saquon Barkley. One of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates, Barkley has rushed for 649 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, caught 29 passes for 395 yards, and is averaging 32.3 yards on 8 kickoff returns. He’s scored in all three capacities, totaling 9 touchdowns. The Wolverines have handled Barkley the past two seasons, holding him to 127 yards rushing on 30 carries and 96 yards on 7 receptions in two Michigan victories. Barkley has never scored against Michigan.
This game is a White Out game for Penn State, where fans at Beaver Stadium will be wearing white. Michigan is trying to bring a little color to the contest by wearing maize pants with its white road jerseys.
— Land of 10 Michigan (@Landof10MICH) October 21, 2017
Michigan-Penn State game time, information
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Location: Beaver Stadium, State College, Pa.
Weather: Partly cloudy, 71 degrees, 4 percent chance of rain.
The line: Penn State -9.5
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Michigan-Penn State preview, 3 keys to the game
1. Commit no turnovers
The Wolverines fulfilled this quest in their win last weekend at Indiana and need to continue that goal of having zero turnovers in each game. Easier said than done, right? The Wolverines average two turnovers a game; at the halfway point of the year, the Wolverines have lost six fumbles and their quarterbacks have been intercepted six times. As a result, Michigan has a turnover margin of minus-3, 11th in the Big Ten. Penn State is the exact opposite. The Nittany Lions have a turnover margin of plus-12 and are tied with Wisconsin with a league-leading nine interceptions.
2. Score red-zone touchdowns
The Wolverines have scored a conference-low six red-zone touchdowns this season, including only one against Indiana: Karan Higdon’s 12-yard run in the second quarter. Michigan held the ball for more than six minutes on each of its opening drives against Michigan State and Indiana, but both drives ended with field goals (on plays from the 11-yard-line against Michigan State, and the 22-yard line against Indiana). The Wolverines cannot afford to leave points on the table, especially against Big Ten East Division opponents.
3. Win on third down
That means capitalizing on third down, on both sides of the ball. The Wolverines finished 2 for 13 on third-down offensive plays at Indiana, and are 29 for 92 (31.5 percent) on third down this season (second-to-last in the Big Ten). Michigan’s opponents, meanwhile, are a scant 18 for 88 (20.5 percent) on third-down; the Wolverines lead the Big Ten in that statistical category.