No 12 Michigan Wolverines Tame the Nittany Lions, 28-16

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania -- The sun was shining for the tenth meeting in Happy Valley between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions.  Michigan was victorious over Penn State, 28-16. The Team was driven by the passion of Coach Harbaugh, according to Rudock and Butt, "everyone on the team would follow him no matter... follow him into the fire... He has pushed us to our limit, when we face adversity, we can overcome it a little easier."


Jake Rudock and Jehu Chesson shared the title of Big Ten Offensive Player of the Game leading into the match in Happy Valley.

Jake Butt has been selected as a semi-finalist for the John Mackey Award.
 
Coach Harbaugh acknowledged the team effort that he was today from offense, defense, special teams. "A lot of guys just sucking it up and playing really good football."
 
SCORING REVIEW:
 
Michigan spread out the offensive scoring to produce one touchdown per quarter in Happy Valley.  

After a 23 yard field goal by the Nittany Lions in the first quarter, Michigan answered with a 26 yard TD pass from Rudock to Butt.  Allen with the extra point.

 

 

PSU also scored first in the second quarter with a 25 yard TD pass.  Michigan once again answered with an 11 yard TD pass from Rudock to Darboh. Allen with the extra point.

Sione Houma produced the only TD points in the third quarter on a one yard run. Allen with the extra point.

PSU scored two more times in the fourth quarter with a 24 yard and an 18 yard field goal.  Michigan, once again, answered with a De'Veon Smith running 1 yard TD. Allen with the extra point making him 4 for 4 on PAT.

 

 
OFFENSE:

The Michigan Offense outpaced the Nittany Lions with 343(256 passing and 87 rushing) total offensive yards to 207 (137 passing and 70 rushing). 

 
De'Veon Smith led the rushing game for Michigan with a Net gain of 39 yards on 13 attempts.

Chesson and Peppers each added another 20 yards, followed by Houma (4 for 9 yards) and Jake Rudock (5 for 10 yards)

 
Jake Rudock was 25 for 38 passing with Amara Darboh (7 for 68), Jake Butt (5 for 66) and Jehu Chesson (4 for 69) on the receiving end. "Offensively, we found a way to get enough points on the board."
 
The Wolverines were 7 for 14 on third down conversions, had not interceptions and no fumbles.
 
Jake Rudock set another record and Jake Butt passed the 1000 yard milestone.

DEFENSE:
 
James Ross III (3 solo and 2 ast), Chris Wormley (1 solo and 4 ast) and Taco Charlton (3 solo and 1 ast) led the defense for a combined TFL of 34 yards over 7 plays.
 
Hurst and Lewis each had 2 solo and 2 ast.
 
Kudos were given by Rudock to the defense, "Great job by our defense, first off by just holding them off to what they did... whenever they got in the redzone, they stopped them. It was great."

In Ryan Glasgows's absence the team had to make some adjustments. "I'm really trying to single one guy out, but I can't cuz it was multiple... maybe our guys took it as a challenge that somebody had to step up and grab that share of glory that was there to be had," said Harbaugh.
 
SPECIAL TEAMS:
 
Blake O'Neill was 5 for 198 yards punting in Happy Valley.  Lewis had 105 yards on kickoff returns.
 
#CHADTOUGH:


In Happy Valley the Team helmets still reflect the love this team has for Chad Carr.  However, Columbus was also showing the love to Chad Carr. The Michigan State Spartans and Ohio State Buckeyes gave honor to Chad by wearing decals for the Chad Tough Foundation.

 

NEXT UP:

 
The Ohio State Buckeyes. On the OSU game coming up, Wormley says the defense is looking "to fix those mistakes and look forward to another opportunity to play."

As November 21 saw Michigan State beat OSU in Columbus, 17-14 on a last second field goal, the Wolverines are now in need of a little bit of assistance to make it to the Big Ten Championship Game in Indy.  In addition, to the Wolverines needing a November 28 Penn State win over Michigan State to secure a spot for the Wolverines in Indy, the Wolverines need to beat Ohio State.
 
When asked when he thought the team was good enough to possible win the Big Ten East, Harbaugh replied, "It's been a good five to six weeks we've been playing with this playoff mentality and it's a lot of fun....In our minds, we've been in it for weeks."

Meanwhile speculation and "what ifs" abound regarding the Bowl Game Schedule coming up in December and January.

Michigan improves the season record  to (9-2) overall and (6-1) Big Ten.

Upon returning to Ann Arbor,  The Team will get geared up for their match up against the OSU Buckeyes.  The game is slated to begin at noon (ET) on Nov 28 in Ann Arbor at the Big House.

 
Michigan State vs. Penn State will play at 3:30 in Lansing.

 

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