Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions

Erica Murray
October 23, 2017

With 10:11 still to play in the first quarter, Penn State had a 14-0 lead.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley catches the bobbled football for a 42-yard touchdown against MI on Saturday.

Michigan's top-ranked defense didn't have an answer for quarterback Trace McSorley, who threw for one touchdown and ran for three others, or running back Saquon Barkley, who scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving.The Nittany Lions (4-0 Big Ten, 7-0) beat the Wolverines (2-2, 5-2) for the first time since their epic four-overtime win in 2013 at Beaver Stadium and defeated a ranked opponent for the first time this season.They also gained revenge for a 49-10 loss previous year at MI and set up a Big Ten East showdown next week at No. 6 Ohio State.McSorley completed 17-of-26 passes for 282 yards and threw a touchdown pass for the 22nd consecutive game, a 42-yarder to Barkley in the fourth quarter. On the second play of the game, Barkley took a snap out of the wildcat formation for the first time this season, started right, darted left and scored on a 69-yard run just 43 seconds into the game as the stadium shook with noise.

Lions running back Saquon Barkley, the FBS leader in all-purpose yards per game (217.0), has emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate, and quarterback Trace McSorley has also played well.

MI football is going to have its hands full with second-ranked Penn State.

The Michigan football team will try to keep their season on the tracks tonight in a tough road matchup with the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Nittany Lions posted season highs for points and yards gained by a MI opponent. That's when Penn State took control for good with a seven-play, 75-yard drive just before halftime, in which McSorley completed big passes to DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki.

McSorley had a nice first half, and his touchdown sent the Lions into the break with a 21-13 lead.

Coming out of a bye week, Penn State was itching to get the ball rolling early against the Michigan Wolverines. Barkley's big game was notable, but McSorley's performance was the key.

MI will close out the month at home next week when Rutgers travels to the Big House. A third straight third-place finish in the Big Ten East is questionable.

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