PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Nittany Lions Get Their Revenge On Michigan

No. 2 Penn State has not lost a regular season game since the blowout in Ann Arbor last year at the hands of the Wolverines.

Head coach James Franklin talked all week that the last result was not the focus for the team, but the Nittany Lions came out with a point to prove — putting up 42 points against No. 19 Michigan in a 29-point rout to move to 7-0 for the first time since 2008.

“That’s a good opponent,” Franklin said after the game. “I’m pleased with how we’re playing right now.”

In 2016, Franklin’s squad appeared like it could not compete on the same field as the Wolverines — falling behind early in a 49-10 loss.

Veteran team leaders Saquon Barkley and Marcus Allen had a discussion in the tunnel following that loss last season, with Allen saying that his team would never again “get embarrassed like that.”

Barkley lived up to that vow — rushing for 108 yards and receiving for another 53 yards on his way to scoring three touchdowns. He scored two of those touchdowns within the first five minutes, which helped the Nittany Lions once again break away from their second-half team narrative.

“Last year, we just weren’t making the plays,” said Barkley, who had a 69-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. “We were putting ourselves in great position, but we, the players, just weren’t making the plays. This year, a lot of guys are stepping up.”

The defense also continued its success this year — keeping its nation-leading points against per game total low with just 13 Michigan points on the board.

Senior linebacker Jason Cabinda, who could not play in the game at the Big House last year after suffering an injury ahead of the Pitt game, feels the joy of the victory after a crushing defeat last season.

“That’s huge. That’s what you want. That’s why you come to places like Penn State, so you can compete against teams like that and win games like that,” Cabinda said.

The performance was especially sweet for the defense after it was roasted by Michigan’s Wilton Speight following last season’s matchup. The starting quarterback at the time, who is now out for the season, mentioned postgame that his offense had run the same play “nine or ten” times and there was nothing the Nittany Lions could do about it.

Penn State’s starting linebacker Manny Bowen tweeted the quote in motivation earlier in the week.

A ranked Michigan is a big step up in opponent from teams that the Nittany Lions have faced earlier this season, even with the Wolverines’ injury issues. Despite facing the nation’s leader in total defense, Penn State managed to put up its fourth game this year with more than 500 yards of offense.

Heading into the next two weeks of a brutal three-game stretch that included this Michigan game, as well as road matchups with No. 6 Ohio State and No. 18 Michigan State, will not be easy.

The game next week in Columbus may very well decide the Big Ten east winner, which would include a spot in the conference championship game and possibly the league’s only shot at a College Football Playoff spot.

That is not the focus at the moment for Franklin and Co., who are enjoying a big win in front of a record crowd for the White Out.

I’m not talking about the next opponent. We’re going to enjoy the heck out of this win,” Franklin said.

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.


More by Steve

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Big Ten ADs Propose NCAA Football Injury Report

Penn State Requests Restrictions On Pennsylvania Sports Betting


Reports: Tony Carr To Begin Professional Career In Italy

Tony Carr might have to wait a little longer than he had hoped to make his NBA debut.

Penn State Hockey’s Aarne Talvitie Showcases At Devils Development Camp

Penn State Hoops Releases 2018-19 Non-Conference Schedule

Forward Abdou Tsimbila Commits To Penn State Hoops

Penn State Volleyball Trio Representing U.S. At Pan-American Cup

Student Life

Penn State Student Dies Of Allergic Reaction To Peanuts

Max McGlinchey had just finished his freshman year studying finance.

Freshman 101: On-Campus Life

Student Farm To Commemorate Summer Solstice With Second Annual Celebration

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Skeller Replacement Best We Could’ve Hoped For

The last thing we need is an Applebee’s, so maybe this is the best we could’ve hoped for, after all.

Playa Bowls To Open State College Location

Famous on the Jersey Shore for its brightly colored bowls and smoothies, Playa Bowls’ menu includes everything from açai and pitaya bowls to fresh juices.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Doggie’s Rathskeller And Garden Opens With Hopes Of Returning To Its Roots

The All-American Rathskeller is no more and Doggie’s Rathskeller and Garden is officially in business — opening with its “sneak peak” at the new bar Thursday afternoon in time for Arts Fest.

Send this to a friend