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[Photo Story] Penn State Football Hosts ‘Helmet Stripe’ Game

Penn State football faced Michigan on Saturday in a cold, gritty matchup in front of nearly 110,000 attendees. Photographers Sam Brungo and Michael Tauriello photographed the action as it unfolded on the field.

The game started off with one of Penn State’s best drives of the day when Sean Clifford showed his mobility on multiple plays. He accumulated 30 yards on the drive.

The highlight of the drive, though, was a fake punt play that resulted in a Jordan Stout pass to Curtis Jacobs for 18 yards to convert on fourth down. The play took the Nittany Lions deep within the Wolverines’ territory, but the Nittany Lions would eventually settle for a field goal.

Penn State would try to push the envelope again on fourth down with a fake field goal on their next try just one offensive drive later. The fake play was at the two-yard line, after being set up by a Theo Johnson seven-yard catch. It would not pan out as well as their first fake special teams play, however.

Multiple alumni and familiar faces showed up to Penn State to watch the showdown against Michigan. Among them were honorary captain Paul Posluszny, Chaz Powell, Daryll Clark, Derek Moye, Michael Mauti, Anthony “Spice” Adams, and men’s basketball head coach Micah Shrewsberry.

Michigan found the end zone midway through the second quarter, but that would be the only time that either team would score a touchdown in the first half.

After Michigan came out swinging in the second half with another touchdown in the first half, defense continued to be the name of the game for much of the third quarter.

The Nittany Lions’ first full drive of the fourth quarter would be successful in finding the end zone, with Clifford finding Tyler Warren for a two-yard pass. The two-point conversion, a pass from Clifford to Dotson, was successful, tying the game at 14 midway through the fourth quarter.

A Cade McNamara fumble forced by Arnold Ebiketie resulted in a brand new offensive drive for Penn State just 50 seconds later, giving the Nittany Lions plenty of momentum to work with.

The offense would eventually have to settle for a field goal when it could muster up just three yards over three downs.

After a 47-yard catch-and-run by Erick All that put Michigan ahead by four late in the fourth quarter, Penn State couldn’t put anything together on the ensuing offensive drive, which eventually sealed their fate.

Penn State football faces Rutgers at noon on Saturday, November 20, to wrap up its slate of home games.

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