The defense was able to keep Penn State off the board early, but a five-play, 66-yard drive included a pair of long passes by quarterback Sean Clifford. Penn State took a 7-0 lead with 5:59 remaining in the first quarter. Clifford threw his second touchdown pass of the half, 25 yards to Hamler, five plays later. That would've come in handy as Penn State's offense went cold for much of the second half.
In the end, however, the noise returned as No. 7 Penn State turned away No. 16 MI at the 3 when safety Lamont Wade, a Clairton graduate, defended a pass in the end zone with 2 minutes, 1 second left, preserving a 28-21 victory. No. 7 Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) had to sweat a bit against No. 16 MI (5-2, 3-2 Big Ten) after jumping all over the visitors early on, but a 28-21 victory was one of the gutsiest wins of the James Franklin era in Happy Valley.
Charbonnet added another 12-yard run with 1:05 left in the third to make it 21-14.
Zach Charbonnet brought the Wolverines with one score with a 12-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, but the MI defense got bit on Penn State's ensuing possession. Clifford hooked up with Jahan Dotson for 37 yards to set up the scoring toss to Freiermuth who beat Khaleke Hudson in coverage. They had all the momentum in the final quarter and had the look they wanted on the fourth down play that turned out to be the difference.More news: Trump Drops Plan To Host G-7 Summit At His Miami Resort
"Our team played with great character and great effort the entire night, both sides of the ball, special teams", head coach Jim Harbaugh said. A monster 60-yard punt from Blake Gillikin helped flip field position, then Chisena did the rest by sending Peoples-Jones backward another six yards to Michigan's 10-yard line.
But considering the circumstances in this matchup, this game is actually a lot more critical than we initially thought it was going to be.
When Michigan played Iowa, the fifth-ranked defense, they could only put up 10 points and struggled to pass the ball around and get the chains moving on the ground.
With their backs to Penn State's 21,000-seat student section to start, the Wolverines lost track of the play clock and had to take a timeout before their first snap.More news: Adele, Kris Jenner among guests at Jennifer Lawrence’s rehearsal dinner
The Nittany Lions scored three touchdowns in the first half to take a 21-7 lead at intermission, but they were scoreless in the third quarter while MI rallied behind Charbonnet and its defense.
Brent Pry's defense continued to dominate in the second quarter, as Tariq Castro-Fields intercepted a screen pass and Penn State took over in MI territory.
No. 6 Wisconsin lost on a last-second field goal to IL earlier in the day, leaving room for the Nittany Lions to move up with the win.
They can build off of this loss and try and upset Notre Dame and Ohio State, along with beating their in-state rival Michigan State.More news: Nearly 75% of German Residents Say They Won’t Use Facebook’s Libra Stablecoin