STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The Michigan football team fell to 5-3 on the season with a 41-31 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.
Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson led Michigan with four touchdowns, three on the ground and one in the air, but the Michigan defense was unable to slow the Penn State offense enough to take advantage of Robinson's big day.
Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin completed 17-of-28 for 250 yards and a score for Penn State, plus running back Evan Royster became the leading rusher in Penn State history with his 150 yard, two touchdown day. Michael Zordich and McGloin also scored touchdowns on the ground.
Just like each of the past two Michigan losses it was a poor second quarter putting Michigan behind. Down just 14-10 midway through the second frame, the Penn State offense exploded for two scores in the final four minutes of the half. McGloin scored on a quarterback sneak to stretch the lead to 21-10, then, after Michigan punted out of the back of its own end zone, McGloin found Graham Zug for a 20-yard touchdown pass with just 1:02 left in the first 30 minutes.
Penn State stretched the lead with a field goal to open the third quarter before Michigan tacked on two touchdowns in the frame. Kevin Koger took a 60-yard scoring pass from Denard Robinson on Michigan's first possession of the second half, then, after Zordich scored for Penn State from five-yards out, Robinson scored himself on a one-yard run.
Halfway through the fourth quarter Robinson scored again to make it 38-31, but Penn State put the game away with a field goal at the 5:43 mark, the ran out the clock following an incomplete fourth down pass.
In the first quarter Penn State built a 14-7 lead on a pair of Evan Royster touchdown runs. Both Penn State drives ended in touchdowns while Michigan could find the end zone only once, a 32-yard Robinson run.
The Wolverines still remain one win from bowl eligibility and return to Ann Arbor to meet the Illinois Fighting Illini next Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
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