The last time Michigan faced Penn State the Wolverines fell in to the Nittnay Lions 43-40 in a four overtime thriller. A wild affair with both teams having a chances to win, including two missed field goals by U-M at the end of regulation and overtime that would’ve sealed the victory for Michigan.
However, that was last year, and Michigan (2-14, 0-2) has lost three straight coming into the weekend, and will look to bounce back against Penn State (4-1, 1-0) Saturday night for “Under the Lights III.”
“Part of that motivation has to come from where we are at and what we are doing every day,” Hoke said on last season loss in Happy Valley, Pa. “That game itself, talking about it, we talked about it, but that hasn’t been a focal point. Sometimes you do that, you miss mark is, which is the 2014 Michigan team playing Penn State on Saturday night.”
A key moment in last year’s defeat, was when PSU quarterback Christian Hackenberg led the Nittany Lions on a 63 yard scoring drive late in the fourth quarter, before sneaking in for a 1-yard TD run with 29 second left in regulation.
“Obviously, there is some lessons learned when you look at the two minute process,” Hoke said. “Different staff, though. Some different things you concern yourself with. Stop from that standpoint, I say that’s what you look at.”
On Saturday, it marks the first time U-M will play host a Big Ten opponent for a night game in its programs history.
“We’re excited to get back out on Saturday,” Hoke said. “I think that is the great part about college football. You get another opportunity. We got to take advantage of it, it will be an historic night. Obviously, the first Big Ten night game in Michigan stadium. The atmosphere that the night games have created the last two years has been something very exciting for our players.”
Kickoff is scheduled at 7 p.m.
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