Monkey Seen, Monkey Done

Penn State began to avenge a decade of futility with a sound thumping of the Michigan Wolverines. Read the FOS game description here.

Third-ranked and unbeaten Penn State (7-0) takes on struggling Michigan (2-4) at Beaver Stadium Saturday. While the Nittany Lions are heavy favorites, they have dropped nine straight to the Wolverines.

Get the lowdown on what is going down in Happy Valley in this story, which will be updated throughout the day.


• There is a massive police force here.

• We already have some recruit names and photos posted in the FROM THE PRESS BOX thread on the TAP board.

• Joe Paterno had a cane when he entered the stadium but he was not using it.


Following a costly first down loss, the Nittany Lions started by going three and out. Breen's punt drove Michigan back to their own 14, but the Wolverines engineered a well organized drive to draw first blood. MICHIGAN 7, PENN STATE 0.

On the second PSU drive, Penn State showed signs of life as Evan Royster raced for a 22 yard gain. A 2nd down quarteback rush by Daryll Clark resulted in a fumble, and Michigan took over inside Penn State territory. A big play moved Michigan into the red zone, but the Nittany Lions stiffened. An illegal substitution penalty nearly gave Michigan a first down, but the Wolverines settled for a field goal. MICHIGAN 10, PENN STATE 0.

Chaz Powell returned the ensuing kickoff near midfield, and a pass to Derrick Williams moved the Lions into Michigan territory for the first time. On the very next play, Evan Royster ripped through the Wolverine defense for a 44 yard touchdown. Kevin Kelly added the extra point, and on a 2 play drive, the Lions narrowed the margin. MICHIGAN 10, PENN STATE 7.

After nearly losing a fumble on the kickoff return, Michigan again began a drive into the Penn State red zone. The quarter ended with Michigan on the Penn State 18.


Three plays into the quarter, Brandon Minor ran over Josh Hull for Michigan's second touchdown of the afternoon. MiCHIGAN 17, PENN STATE 7.

The Michigan kickoff went out of bounds, and the Lions took over the ball at their own 40 yard line, but a drop and a bobble by Norwood resulted in a 3 and out for the Penn State offense. The short Boone punt was taken by Michigan at their own 24. The Nittany Lion defense, following a couple of substitutions forced a 3 and out from Michigan, and Derrick Williams fair caught Zoltan Mesco's punt at the Penn State 31.

Penn State drove into Michigan territory on a Butler catch and a Royster run. A short pass to Shuler went for 9 yards and set up a 2nd and 1, but a near sack and a stuff prevented further penetration. Kevin Kelly's field goal attempt hit the upright, and the Penn State drive failed.

The refreshed Lion defense rose up and forced a Michigan 3 and out, and the Wolverines punted from inside their own 20. Derrick Williams tried too hard to make something out of nothing on the return, and was tackled at the PSU 15. Penn State was unable to pick up a first down, coming up a yard short on a third down toss to Royster. Boone's punt rolled dead at the Michigan 23.

Penn State rose to the occasion again and stopped the Michigan offense on 3 plays for the third consecutive series. PSU called time out to conserve clock in anticipation of the Michigan punt. The low punt rolled dead at the PSU 26, but a late hit on a Michigan defender on Derrick Williams set up the Lions on their own 41 with 2 minutes remaining in the half. A pass to Butler moved the Lions into Michigan territory, and a Royster draw brought PSU to the Wolverine 31. Another Royster sprint to the outside set up the Lions in the red zone at the Michigan 19, and an offside penalty on the Wolverines moved Penn State to first and 5 at the 14. A short screen and another Royster carry gave the Lions another first down at the 5, and a short run brought PSU to the 3 with 32 seconds remaining in the half.

Clark rolled right, and threw incomplete to Norwood at the goal line, bringing up third and goal, but Norwood atoned for the drop on the next play as Clark stood strong in the pocket and found him wide open in the left side of the end zone for the score. Kelly's extra point was good. MICHIGAN 17, PENN STATE 14.

Following the kickoff, Michigan took a knee to send the game to halftime.



Michigan took the opening kickoff at the goal line, and Nathan Stupar stopped the return at the Michigan 15. Michigan picked up yardage to midfield, but the Lion defense held at the 47 to force the punt. The punt went out of bounds at the Nittany Lion 14.

A pair of runs by Royster and a pass to Butler moved the Lions quickly to the 40, and Royster and Clark runs set up Penn State in Wolverine territory. Sideline passes and bubbles to Norwood and Williams and another Royster carry resulted in another Penn State first down at the Michigan 25. A controversial incompletion to Butler in the end zone and an incomplete pass to Williams brought up 3rd and 10, and the Lions were unable to convert. Kelly didn't miss, sending the 42 yard field goal attempt right down the middle. PENN STATE 17, MICHIGAN 17.

Michigan switched up quarterbacks on the next drive, and a big play by Minor was called back due to a hold. Sheriden attempted a quarterback run on 1st and 17, and was stopped behind the line by Bowman at his own 8. Sheriden kept again on 2nd down, and was swallowed up for another loss by Hull to the 5. On the next play, Sheriden was sacked in the end zone, and PSU took the lead for the first time on the safety. PENN STATE 19, MICHIGAN 17.

Michigan opted to punt for a free kick after the safety, and the punt went out of bounds. The penalty gave the Lions the ball at midfield. A quick pass to Butler, and Penn State was knocking at the door on the 22. On the next play, Royster bounced around the right end to pick up 21 of those yards and give the Lions a first and goal. Clark finished with a 1 yard dive for the score. PENN STATE 26, MICHIGAN 17.

The PSU kickoff went into the end zone for a touchback, and Michigan started at the Penn State 20. The Michigan drive went nowhere, however, and after a 3 and out, Nathan Stupar tore through the line to block the Wolverine punt which rolled dead at the Michigan 42. A 14 yard carry by Royster, a short gain by Green, a Clark keeper, and another short carry by Green brought up a 4th and 1 at the Wolverine 11 as the third quarter expired. PENN STATE 26, MICHIGAN 17.


As the 4th quarter opened, the Lions opted for a 32 yard field goal from Kevin Kelly, opening the scoring gap wider. PENN STATE 29, MICHIGAN 17.

Michigan was once again stuffed on their next drive, and on third down, Maybin sacked Threet who returned to the game, and Abe Koroma picked up a loose fumble, giving PSU the ball at the Wolverine 20. The Nittany Lions wasted no time capitalizing, as a pass to Norwood went to inside the 1 yard line. Two quarterback dives sealed the deal. PENN STATE 36, MICHIGAN 17.

Following the kickoff, the Lion defense forced another 3 and out from the Michigan offense. This time the punt sailed out of bounds at the Penn State 32, and Penn State took over once again. A completion to Butler moved the Lions across the 50, and runs by Green and Clark moved them inside the 25. Another Green carry and a Butler catch set up the Lions near the 10 yard line, and another two rushes set up 4th and 1 at the 4 Michigan 4. Kelly booted another field goal to extend the lead. PENN STATE 39, MICHIGAN 17.

After another quick 3 and out series, the Wolverines were forced to punt once again. A strong return by Jordan Norwood was called back on an illegal block penalty, and with 4:16 remaining, Pat Devlin led the Lions onto the field from their own 20. After two short runs, Devlin hit Green with a short screen that turned into an 80 yard score. PENN STATE 46, MICHIGAN 17.

Following the kickoff, the Nittany Lion defense was content to play a soft containment style of defense, and Michigan was able to move the ball. Time ran out on the Wolverines at the Penn State 30 yard line with a final score of PENN STATE 46, MICHIGAN 17.

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