[Live Blog] Penn State vs. Michigan

Welcome, fans, to the game you’ve all had circled on your calendars since the schedule was released earlier this year. The Nittany Lions take on Michigan in the team’s final home game of the 2015 season. We will have updates throughout the game on this page, including game analysis, photos, and more. Here’s the media information you’ll need, and here’s our staff’s game predictions. 

Fourth Quarter

4:00 4Q: Penn State, by the way, has no timeouts left. Michigan ran up the middle for four minutes with ease. Ballgame.

5:12 4Q: Penn State’s next drive, down by 12: failed first down play, failed second down play, third down sack, thrown away ball on fourth down under heavy pressure. Michigan takes over at the 25.

8:05 4Q: Michigan’s Peppers returned the kick to Penn State’s 40-yard line, then the team had a 20-yard pickup. Shortly thereafter, the team scored again, and Penn State’s last field goal looks even less significant.

12:29 4Q: Penn State converted on its first set of downs, turning a rare Hackenberg rush into an even more rare first down. Michigan’s 13th penalty of the game gave it another first down at the 33. On third and 14, #DualThreatQuarterback Christian Hackenberg turned on the jets to pick up the first down. Penn State eventually made it to the six-yard line, then failed to score on three plays, and opted to kick a field goal. Instead of being down by eight points it’s down by five. Stay tuned for the coaching staff’s explanation for that after the game.

14:02 4Q: Michigan was unable to get anything together on the next drive, but a booming punt helped it win (or at least not lose) the field position battle.

15:00 4Q: Penn State starts at the three yard line as the fourth quarter begins. Three failed attempts to find the end zone brought Tyler Davis out again. Now Penn State trails 21-13.

Third Quarter

4:04 3Q: Michigan’s drive ended early thanks to a sack, strip, and fumble recovery from the man of the hour Brandon Bell. A predictable three plays were stopped, and Penn State goes for it on fourth down…and it went perfectly, as Hackenberg found Godwin over the middle who scrambled all the way to the three-yard line.

6:01 3Q: Hackenberg goes deep to DaeSean Hamilton, who was blatantly interfered with and draws the call. That ended up being the best play of the drive, which featured a sack that Hackenberg was slow getting up from.

7:50 3Q: Michigan punted to Thompkins, who muffed it at the nine-yard line. The Wolverines recovered and punched the ball into the end zone just a few plays later to lead 21-10.

10:21 3Q: Jabrill Peppers had a decent return negated by a block in the back, and his team starts at its 33-yard line. Zettel takes down Rudock during the drive and is called for targeting, but it was overturned and he avoided the ejection.

11:13 3Q: A great punt gives Penn State the ball at its own seven-yard line. Three plays later, Penn State punted. A less than ideal start.

14:57 3Q: Michigan starts with the ball, driving quickly to Penn State’s 42. On an eventual third down, freshman John Reid breaks up a pass and sprinted to the sideline, fired up.

Second Quarter 

2:10 2Q: TOUCHDOWN! Hackenberg finds Blacknall in the corner of the endzone, just like he did against Ohio State. Hackenberg also ties McGloin for the all-time touchdown mark.

4:15 2Q: Rudock has all day to throw, but his third down attempt falls flat on the turf. Penn State takes over with less than five minutes go after a tipped punt!

6:17 2Q: The Nittany Lions take over deep in home territory as Hackenberg attempts to string together a drive. Barkley is drilled in the backfield, and Pasquariello comes out to punt.

10:35 2Q: After withstanding a pair of brutal sacks, Hackenberg looks deep to Godwin, only to watch the pass hit the turf. Fans were irate after possible pass interference that went uncalled.

14:44 2Q: Guess who? It’s Saquon Barkley making something out of nothing! The freshman phenom gets Penn State across midfield early in the second.

First Quarter

END OF QUARTER

4:06 1Q: Rudock is drilled by Torrence Brown, and Brandon Bell picks him off on the ensuing play. The offense can’t muster enough yardage, prompting Daniel Pasquariello to boot it away, again.

7:18 1Q: Hackenberg uses the hard count to draw a Michigan defender offsides, but succumbs to pressure on the ensuing play negating the penalty.

7:43 1Q: Jake Rudock hits a wide open Jake Butt for the score. The extra point is good, and Michigan takes a 7-3 lead.

8:06 1Q: Jake Rudock fires a bullet across the middle complete to Jehu Chesson, putting Michigan at the Penn State 26 yard line. A Wolverine is down on the turf, prompting a stoppage in play.

12:00 1Q: Tyler Davis drills the chip shot, putting Penn State up 3-0 on Michigan early on. Joey Julius makes the tackle on the ensuing field goal.

13:38 1Q: SAQUON BARKLEY! 56 yards up the gut like it’s nothing. What a special talent.

Pregame

 

James Franklin wasted no time in flashing his recruiting prowess, locking up a four-star linebacker before the game even started. Jim Harbaugh and James Franklin converge at midfield prior to kickoff. Just about 20 minutes until we’re underway at Beaver Stadium. AlexBauer-7589

 

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]

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