U-M vs. PSU: The Tale of the Tape

Michigan versus Penn State: Position Unit against Position Unit, here is how the two teams stack up. On paper, it looks like a game of strength against strength -- but can the Wolverines overcome the loss of Mario Manningham?

Michigan Rushing Offense vs. Penn State Rushing Defense

Michigan leads the Big Ten, and is 17th nationally, in rushing at 195.67 yards per game (4.38 yards per carry). Mike Hart is 2nd in the Big Ten, and 8th nationally, in rushing with 132.3 yards per game (5.1 yards per carry) and 5 TD's. Hart has also gone 579 carries without a fumble.

PSU is 2nd in the Big Ten, and 14th nationally, in rushing defense allowing 79.5 yards per game.

Michigan Passing Offense vs. PSU Passing Defense

Michigan is second in the Big Ten, and 13th nationally, in passing efficiency (of course Mario Manningham's long TD catches had a lot to do with that).

PSU is 7th in he Big Ten Pass Defense, allowing 205.8 yards per game. PSU is 8th in the league in Pass Efficiency Defense.

PSU Rushing Offense vs. Michigan Rushing Defense

PSU is 3rd in the league and 20th nationally in rushing offense, averaging 191.3 yards per game. Tony Hunt is 3rd in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 111.5 yards a game (5.3 yards per carry).

Michigan leads the nation in rushing defense with 40.3 yards per game.

PSU Passing Offense vs. Michigan Passing Defense

PSU is 6th in the Big Ten in Pass Offense, averaging 215.3 yards per game.

Michigan is 3rd in the league in Pass Efficiency Defense.

Misc. Stats.

Henne versus Morelli. These two guys were the top two high school quarterbacks in Pennsylvania three years ago, and early in their senior seasons Morellli was generally ranked ahead of Henne -- in spite of a PSU Nike Camp where where, with GoBlueWolverine looking on, Henne bested Morelli. At any rate, Henne of course has been a 3-year starter for Michigan, while this is Morelli's first year as PSU's starting signalcaller. Their stats so far:
-- Anthony Morelli is 5th in the Big Ten in passing (but 8th in Pass Efficiency), going 103-185 (56%) for 204 yards a game, with 6 TD's and 5 ints.
- Chad Henne is 8th in the Big Ten in passing (but 2nd in Pass Efficiency), going 80-129 (62%) for 183.8 yards per game, with 13 TD's (9 to Mario) and 4 ints.

Michigan leads the Big Ten (tied) in scoring, and is 15th nationally, at 33.5 points per game. PSU is 8th in the Big Ten at 25.8 points per game.

In the Red Zone: Michigan is 5th in the Big Ten in Red Zone Offense (a key stat -- Manningham's TD catches often came form beyond the Red Zone) at 86.4% and U-M is 4th in Red Zone Defense at 70%. PSU is 11th in Red Zone Offense at 74.2% and 10th in Red Zone Defense at 92.3%.

Michigan is 3rd in the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing 14.2 points per game. PSU is 5th at 20.3 points per game.

Michigan is 2nd in the Big Ten and 8th in the nation in total defense, allowing 238 yards per game. PSU is 3rd in the league, and 25th nationally, allowing 295.3 yards per game.

Michigan's defense is 5th best in the nation in Third Down Efficiency at 26.4%. PSU is 4th in the league, and 12th nationally, at 28.9%.

Michigan leads the nation in Time of Possession with 34.15 minutes per game.

Garrett Rivas is 7th nationally in field goals at 1.5 per game (he is 9 of 11).

Michigan is 6th in the nation and 2nd in the Big Ten in turnover margin at +1.33. Michigan is 6th best in the nation in turnovers given up, with 5 (4 ints, 1 fumble).

PSU averages just 3:01 on its 28 scoring drives (16 TD's and 12 FG's), with an average of 49.4 yards per scoring drive.

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