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[Live Blog] Penn State vs. No. 4 Michigan

Good afternoon, Penn State fans. We’re at the Big House for Penn State’s showdown with No. 4 Michigan on ABC at 3:30 p.m. James Franklin’s Nittany Lions hope to pull of it’s first win against a top ten team this century. 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

1:15 — Michigan takes a knee twice to close out this game. The Wolverines win 49-10. Thanks for following along with us.

2:04 — Penn State starts the drive at the 27-yard line after Sanders returned the kickoff 25 yards from the two. Sanders rushed for the first down and then fumbled to give Michigan the ball back.

3:17 — Isaac started the drive with a 25-yard rush to the Penn State 6. Isaac rushed for three yards before pounding the ball in on his third carry of the drive from three yards out. Allen made the PAT putting Michigan up 49-10.

6:11 — Penn State starts the drive on the 25 after a touchback. Penn State came up just a yard short after three downs and kept the offense on the field for fourth down. McSorley hit Gesicki on a three-yard play to pick up the first down. McSorley’s pass on first down is picked off by Mike McCray and Michigan will start on the Penn State 31-yard line.

11:22 — Joey Julius kicked off to Lewis, who was leveled by the kicker at the Michigan 24. Michigan pounded the ball straight down the throats of the Nittany Lions defenders to get into Penn State territory. Higdon found space to the outside and charged to a 40-yard touchdown. Allen made the PAT to make it 42-10 Michigan.

15:00 — Penn State started the quarter with third-and-14 on the its own 31-yard line. McSorley’s pass is incomplete, but the Nittany Lions got a new set of downs after a pass interference call. On third down, McSorley found Mike Gesicki for a pick up of 12 yards on the play to the Michigan 39. Another pass interference put Penn State on the 21-yard line. McSorley’s next pass is complete to DaeSean Hamilton for first-and-goal at the 10. Barkley used both sidelines to pick up two yards before McSorley completes a 8-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin. Davis’ PAT is through the uprights to cut it to 35-10 Michigan.

Third Quarter

2:42 — A touchback gives Penn State the ball at its own 25. Penn State came up just short after three downs, but went for it on fourth-and-one. Trace McSorley kept it and picked up the needed yard to get an extra set of downs. The ruled spot on the rush was reviewed and the call stands. Penn State lost a combined four yards on the next two plays to end the quarter.

6:24 — Evans rushes 37 yards into Penn State territory to start the drive. After an incompletion and an eight-yard rush from Smith, Michigan had third down. Isaac rushes five yards to pick up the first down at the Penn State 30. Back-to-back run plays set up third-and-two, which Michigan converted on an eight-yard rush from Smith. Higdon rushed 11 yards to set up first-and-goal at the 3-yard line, which Evans punched in. Allen came on to nail the PAT and make it 35-3.

7:57 — Penn State starts on the 28 and goes three-and-out with McSorley escaping the pocket, but coming up just a yard short on third down. Gillikin punts 43 yards and Peppers calls for a fair catch on the Michigan 20.

11:31 — Jourdan Lewis mishandles the kickoff and only gains three yards to the Michigan 14. Michigan picked up 22 yards on three plays before Smith rushed 30 yards to the Penn State 34. A pair of short yardage rushes sets up third-and-four. Marcus Allen broke up a pass from Speight to set up fourth down and Malik Golden tackled Smith yards short of the first down to get Penn State the ball back.


13:32 — Barkley starts Penn State’s drive off well with a 30 yard gain to the Michigan 40. On second down after an incompletion, Michigan gets called for pass interference and Penn State will have first down at the 25-yard line. Penn State loses one yard on first down, but McSorley completes to Barkley 19 yards on second down for first-and-goal. Barkley rushes five yards to the two-yard line. Back-to-back incompletions set up fourth down. Tyler Davis comes on and nails the 21-yard field goal to make it 28-3 Michigan.

15:00 — Joey Julius’ kickoff goes to Michigan’s 19 and is returned by Khaleke Hudson six yards. Michigan goes three-and-out for the first time today. The Wolverines punt to the Penn State 27 and John Reid fair catches.

 Second Quarter

0:08 — Michigan takes a knee and we head into the half with the Wolverines leading 28-0. Michigan starts with the ball in the second half.

0:46 — Michigan’s kickoff goes for another touchback. Barkley picks up 30 yards and gets out-of-bounds on a shovel pass from McSorley. On Michigan’s 45-yard line, McSorley fires two incompletions and gets sacked on third down. Michigan calls timeout with 17 seconds left in the half. Gillikin punts 41 yards to the Michigan eight-yard line.

7:01 — Karan Higdon and Smith rushed for a combined 15 yards to pick up the opening first down of the drive. After small gains on back-to-back run plays, Speight completes to Grant Perry 16 yards to the Penn State 45. Speight completes a pass 18 yards on the next play to Jehu Chesson. Speight throws a 28-yard touchdown pass, but holding is called on Michigan. The ball comes back to the 38-yard line. On third down, Speight completes a pass to Chris Evans. He gains 14 yards, but is seven yards short of the first down. Speight escaped the pocket and rushes nine yards on fourth down to convert. Speight completes a nine-yard pass to Butt on second down to set up first-and-goal. Higdon rushes for a two-yard touchdown. Allen nails the PAT to make it 28-0 Michigan.

8:33 — After a McSorley nine-yard completion to Mike Gesicki, Saquon Barkley is knocked back three yards on third down. Gillikin punts 35 yards and out-of-bounds to the Michigan 20.

12:15 — Michigan converts on third-and-13 with a Speight 16-yard pass to Amara Darboh. Michigan is now six of seven on third down conversions. Ty Isaac rushes for 11 yards into Penn State territory, finally getting tackled at the 47-yard line. Penn State stopped Michigan just two yards short of the first down on the 39-yard line. Michigan went for it and Speight’s pass went incomplete. Turnover on downs and Penn State starts on its own 39.

14:09 — Michigan’s kickoff goes for a touchback and Penn State starts at the 25. Another three-and-out for Penn State with McSorley getting sacked for the fourth time. Gillikin punts 44 yards and Peppers fair catches at the Michigan 29.

15:00 — Michigan starts the quarter with third-and-four on Penn State’s eight. Brandon Smith is called for targeting and is tossed from the game. Michigan gets a fresh set of downs half the distance to the goal at the four-yard line. Speight throws a three-yard touchdown pass to Devin Asiasi on third down. Allen’s PAT is good and Michigan leads 21-0.

First Quarter

1:49 — Smith rushes 39 yards to the Penn State 25. Eddie McDoom rushes six yards on third down to Penn State’s 14 and barely moves the chains. An incompletion and Smith’s six-yard rush sets up another third down on Penn State’s eight-yard line as the first quarter ends.

3:57 — Sanders takes the kickoff back to Penn State’s 24-yard line. McSorley gets sacked on third-and-six. Gillikin punts 46 yards to Peppers and he takes it out-of-bounds at Michigan’s 36.

7:27 — Speight completed a pass on third-and-one to Jake Butt for a nine-yard gain. After Torrence Brown’s tackle forced a five-yard loss, Speight completed a pass to Butt for a 25-yard gain to Penn State’s 14. Michigan converted on third down again with Speight completing a six-yard pass to the two-yard line. De’Veon Smith rushes for a two-yard touchdown. Allen’s PAT is good to make it 14-0.

9:51 — The Michigan kickoff went for a touchback. Trace McSorley completed the opening pass of the drive to Saquon Barkley for a 17-yard gain. Three-straight Barkley rushes gets Penn State another first down at the Michigan 47. Two incompletions and a Barkley five-yard rush set up fourth down. The Nittany Lions went for it and couldn’t convert. It’s Michigan’s ball at its own 46.

13:01 — Wilton Speight completed a pass on third down to Khalid Hill to bring Michigan to Penn State’s two yard line. Penn State’s defense held off Michigan for three plays, but Hill punched the ball in from the one-yard line on fourth down for the opening score. Kenny Allen nailed the PAT to make it 7-0 Michigan.

15:00 — Michigan wins the toss and elects to kick to start the game. Miles Sanders is back to return the kick and takes it to the 25, but a holding penalty moves the ball back to the nine. A quick three-and-out for Penn State. Blake Gillikin punted into Michigan’s territory, but Jabrill Peppers returned the punt 53 yards to the Penn State nine. A penalty for sideline interference on Michigan moved the ball to the 24.


About the Author

Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a junior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tried to be a photographer once, but the only good thing that came out of it is a name for his future sports bar, The Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.


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