Coming off a bye week, Michigan looked to take down No. 14 Penn State as they were the next victim on the revenge tour. Penn State was coming off a big win over Iowa and looked to make this a statement win, something PSU hasn’t really had this year with losses to Ohio State and Michigan State.
Michigan started off on defense and dominated quickly and on their first offensive possession they would drive 76 yards on eight rushing plays and finish with a touchdown run by quarterback Shea Patterson.
After both three combined stops by both teams, Michigan would attempt a field goal that would get blocked by PSU and returned for a touchdown, to only get overturned by a PSU penalty.
On the ensuing drive for PSU, quarterback Trace McSorley would fumble and would be recovered by defensive end Chase Winovich. Michigan would score on this drive off a 23-yard touchdown pass from Patterson to wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and Michigan would be up 14-0.
Patterson had a good day overall, going 11/17 for 144 yards and two touchdowns, along with 11 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown as well. Running back Karan Higdon did most of the heavy lifting on offense as he had 20 carries for 132 yards, extending his 100-yard game streak to seven games while running back Chris Evans had 12 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown.
The defense also was a huge factor in the game as the defensive line for the Wolverines just kept making McSorley’s life a struggle as he went 5/13 for 83 yards and an interception, along with 12 carries for -6 yards, getting sacked four times. Defensive end Josh Uche was the main culprit of the pressure with two of those sacks, but throughout the game, McSorley was dealing with pressure from other players like Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich, Devin Bush, Jordan Glasgow, just to name a few.
Michigan would have to pull out the RPO as the third quarter was coming to a close as Patterson would find tight end Zach Gentry for the seven-yard touchdown pass as Michigan would start putting Penn State away 21-0.
PSU head coach James Franklin was making questionable decisions all day long and he pulled McSorley for two plays for backup Tommy Stevens. The first play was an 18-yard gain and the second play was a pass thrown right to Michigan cornerback Brandon Watson and he would run it back 62-yards for a touchdown and Michigan seemed to be putting PSU to sleep now, up 28-0.
Michigan would keep pressing down on the gas pedal as Higdon would get a four-yard touchdown run and Michigan would extend the lead to 35, up 35-0.
Then on Penn State’s next possession, McSorley would throw an interception to cornerback David Long and with the backups in, Evans would run for a one-yard touchdown run and Michigan kept pouring it on, 42-0.
PSU wouldn’t give up as Stevens would run for an eight-yard touchdown and they avoid the shutout, down 42-7.
Michigan dominated this game from beginning to end as they won the yardage battle 402-186 and the time of possession battle too, 37:56 to 22:04 and with this win, they can now focus on Rutgers, who might allow the Wolverines to drop 80 points on them in what should be a slaughtering.