Michigan running back Mike Hart carried the ball 44 times and tallied 153 yards on the ground as Michigan improved to 2-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Big 10 with their ninth straight win over the Penn State Nittany Lions. Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett completed 16-of-29 passes for 170 yards in his first opportunity to lead the Wolverines against a fellow Big 10 opponent.

ANN ARBOR -- Following the Wolverines 38-0 win over Notre Dame last Saturday, U-M running back Mike Hart said that he wanted the ball. Saturday, Mike Hart got the ball.

With 44 carries for 153 yards and one touchdown on Saturday against the Penn State Nittany Lions at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Hart, who's inching his way up the all-time rushing record books in Ann Arbor, paced the Michigan offense and ate critical clock time in the fourth quarter as Michigan held on to a 14-9 win over Penn State that saw the Wolverines streak over the Nittany Lions grow to nine games.

"I thought it was a great football game and a game that I loved. I want to compliment Penn State on the way they played. I thought it was a real physical, hard hitting football game," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "Our defense was really outstanding. We gave up one play in the fourth quarter, but they were relentless, they played hard, they tackled well and they were tenacious. It was a beautiful thing to watch, so we made some strides there. I think offensively we felt that we had to run the football against what I think is an outstanding defense. I thought our players and our coaches did a great job."

Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett completed 16-of-29 passes for 170 yards, including multiple third and longs in the final quarter, and one interception in his first Big 10 start.

Penn State senior Anthony Morelli completed 15-of-31 passes for 169 yards in his second straight loss to the Wolverines.

After exchanging three-and-outs on opening possessions, it was the Wolverines that went on top 7-0 behind the strength of a much improved Michigan pass rush. On second and long, Penn State's Morelli was unable to avoid the rush as Brandon Graham recorded the first of his 2.5 sacks. Graham knocked the ball loose, and Chris Graham, the Wolverines senior linebacker, picked up the ball and brought it back to the Penn State 14 yard line. Two plays later, Mallett scored the first rushing touchdown of his career after avoiding the Penn State rush and finding the left side of the end zone.

"We had a lot of fun out there. We just have to get the next 'W'. We have to keep going, keep getting better," Mallet said.

"Managing the game, I thought that in the second half he was much more comfortable. One thing about (Ryan) Mallett, he doesn't get rattled. I thought what he did that really made a difference was in the fourth quarter, he made some big throws. Under pressure, he's got an ability where he can move up and still see down the field. He made some really critical throws in that game," Carr continued on his freshman quarterback.

With just over nine minutes left in the half, Penn State trimmed the lead to four points with the first of three Kevin Kelly field goals.

After exchanging defensive blows in the third, Penn State drew within a point with just 23 seconds left on the clock in the third quarter. Kelly connected on his second field goal of the game from 29-yards out.

In the fourth quarter, however, it was all Michigan. Mike Hart capped a 15-play 77-yard drive with one yard run up the middle.

Penn State would add one final field goal, but the Nittany Lions final opportunity to take the lead for the first time fell short after four straight incomplete passes in the final two minutes of the contest.

Michigan next goes on the road for the first time of the season with a game scheduled on the Big 10 Network next Saturday at 12:00.

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