MICH: The High Five

There were several highs and a few lows from PSU's prime-time 41-31 win over Michigan; see how we saw them and whether you agree.

Few expected it, but the Nittany Lions came to make a statement claiming their third consecutive victory over Michigan. See the highs and lows for Penn State's prime-time win over the Wolverines.


There were several highs from this win, here are the big ones in our view:

Matt's All Folks: When the announcement was made that Matt McGloin would be the first walk-on QB to start for Paterno against Michigan, few gave PSU a shot and hoped Bolden would somehow make it into the game to at least make it respectable. But McGloin not only made it respectable, but delivered 61% of his passes for 250 yards and a touchdown and ran in another score. McGloin deserves huge praise, particularly from most PSU fans who never expected this.

Royster Rolls: If there was a time for Evan Royster to have a senior coming-out party it was this game. Royster rolled over Michigan's porous defense for 150 yards on 29 carries. To make it more sweet he claimed the title as Penn State's all-time leading rusher. Royster showed incredible heart and fight in this one.

Line It Up: It may have been more a factor of a lackluster Michigan defense, but the Lions' offensive line deserves credit here for opening up enough holes to pick up 185 yards on the ground and blocking for 250 yards through the air.

Book It: Going for it on fourth down? A fake field goal? The PSU coaching staff deserves credit here for calling plays that set up McGloin to succeed and took some calculated risks to turn Michigan on their ear and own the time of possession 37:29 vs. Michigan's 22:31 to keep Robinson off the field.

Crowded House: PSU fans came to this game BIG, forcing U-M to burn timeouts and blunder some plays. A special tip of the hat to the student-organized White Out. The student section gets knocked for their weak efforts with teams like Temple, but they deserve big credit in this game.


Kick It: Colin Wagner has been as dependable as any kicker, but in this game he was 2 for 2 on field goals and was 5 for 5 on extra points. Also Anthony Fera gets a thumbs up on his kickoffs, which have become a big weapon for PSU.


Lows were tough to come by, which is understandable in a 41-point win, but here are a few from the Lions:

Under Cover: Penn State's coverage teams did not have a stellar night on kick returns, giving up and average of 24.5 yards on kicks with a 47-yard long. On punts they were more solid, averaging six yards on two punts.

Uncorked: Although few expected PSU's defense to really contain Robinson, the defensive staff refused to spy the shifty quarterback, allowing him to average 7.1 yards per carry. He also picked up 191 yards on 27 carries. Robinson also ran for three touchdowns and passed for another one.

What did you see as the highs and lows from this game? Chime in with you thoughts here.


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