10/21 23:24 CDT Penn State pay back: No. 2 Nittany Lions beat Michigan 42-13
Penn State pay back: No. 2 Nittany Lions beat Michigan 42-13
By RALPH D. RUSSO
AP College Football Writer
Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley each scored three touchdowns and No. 2 Penn
State avenged its last regular-season loss with a 42-13 victory against No. 19
Michigan. Barkley set the tone the first time he touched the ball, breaking
loose for a 69-yard touchdown run. He finished with 161 yards from scrimmage.
Penn State is now 7-0, while the Wolverines fell to 5-2.STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP)
--- Penn State turned its whiteout into a knockout of Michigan.
Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley cut through one of the nation's stingiest
defenses, each scoring three touchdowns, and the No. 2 Nittany Lions
emphatically avenged its last regular-season loss with a 42-13 victory against
the 19th-ranked Wolverines on Saturday night.
Barkley set the tone the first time he touched the ball. He took a direct snap
on the second play of the game and blazed 69 yards for a touchdown on his way
to 161 yards from scrimmage that are a nice addition to his Heisman Trophy bid.
"Obviously we knew they were very aggressive. They're a great defense, got a
great defensive coordinator," Barkley said. "Sometimes it seems like a
heavyweight fight. They're going to get some and we're going to get ours. When
you got your opportunity, you got to score."
McSorley ran for three touchdowns for Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten), including
a darting 13-yarder in the third quarter that made it 28-13 and led the
record-breaking, white-out crowd of 110,823 at Beaver Stadium to sing along to
"Sweet Caroline." McSorley and Barkley combined for the shot that pretty much
put Michigan away, a 42-yard TD pass with Barkley burning linebacker Mike
McCray and then making a juggling catch to make it 35-13 early in the fourth
Michigan came in allowing 223 yards per game and 3.68 yards per play. Nittany
Lions went for 506 yards and 8.3 per play, adding a few new looks to its
offense, like the wildcat formation Barkley broke for the game's first
"Instead of lining up and sending the quarterback out wide we shifted to it at
the last minute so they couldn't go to a wildcat check," Penn State coach James
Franklin said. "We had some wrinkles in there."
Penn State has not lost a regular-season game since getting trounced 49-10 by
Michigan (5-2, 2-2) last season. That seems like a lifetime ago in Happy
Valley, where the defending Big Ten champions look even better than last year.
Michigan: The Wolverines just don't have the offensive playmakers to keep up
with a team like Penn State, which gets chunks of yardage from Barkley, DaeSean
Hamilton and Mike Gesicki. John O'Korn was 16 for 28 for 166 yards. He was
sacked seven times and had a second-half fumble. If the Wolverines can't win
with a grinding running game and defense, they can't win.
Penn State: The matchup between Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead
and Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown --- two of the best in the country
--- went to Moorhead. Penn State was successful attacking the edges of
Michigan's D and consistently got the one-on-matchups in the passing game that
worked in its favor. The last time Michigan allowed as many points in a game
was in 2015 against Ohio State.
Michigan: The Wolverines are in danger of falling all the way out of the
Penn State: There was some question about whether Penn State or Georgia should
be No. 2. The Nittany Lions likely won over some doubters with that performance.
Michigan: The Wolverines have Rutgers coming to the Big House and the Scarlet
Knights have won two straight.
Penn State: The second game of a three-week stretch against ranked teams
figures to be the toughest for the Nittany Lions, who travel to No. 6 Ohio
State next weekend.
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