Quick-cap: Lions Lose 17-10 to U-M

Penn State's offensive line simply could not keep the heat off the pocket from Michigan's fast and furious front seven, resulting in seven sacks, two injured quarterbacks and a mere 33 yards for Tony Hunt in the Nittany Lions' loss.

Defense was the name of the game in this contest, with neither Mike Hart nor Tony Hunt, two of the Big Ten's best running backs, finding much room to run all night.

Tony Hunt ended up with 33 yards on 13 carries against a Michigan defense ranked number one nationally against the run, only surrendering a mere 40 yards per game. PSU ended up with -21 yards thanks to seven sacks, five of which were Anthony Morelli pull-downs, the last of which was a brutal hit resulting in a concussion, knocking him out of the game.

Athough Hunt could not find room on the ground he made up for it through the air, picking up 85 yards on five catches including a touchdown in the fourth quarter, pulling PSU within seven.

Morelli ended up 11 for 18 for 133 yards. Daryll Clark stepped in for Morelli, going three for six for 16 yards, but was also knocked out of the game, allowing for Paul Cianciolo to step in for some reps. In fact Cianciolo passed a 43 touchdown pass to Tony Hunt to bring Penn State within seven with just over three minutes left.

Derrick Williams led PSU receivers with five receptions for 63 yards. Hunt had four catches for 42 yards while Deon Butler had three catches for 20 yards and Jordan Norwood pulled in two for 24 yards.

Penn State's return game ignited out of the gate, with AJ Wallace returning the initial kickoff to the 50 yard line. Wallace ended up with 82 yards in kick returns on three attempts. Williams had 35 yards in returns, however he fumbled on a big return taking the momentum away from PSU.

Penn State's defense played inspired throughout the game, particularly the linebackers. Sean Lee had nine tackles, Dan Connor had eight take downs, Paul Posluszny had seven tackles and a sack. Tim Shaw, playing his standup defensive end role, had six tackles and a sack.

Incidentally, PSU's kicking woes continued, missing a field goal in the early goings of the game. Kevin Kelly ended up 50% on the day, going one for two.

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