MICH: The High Five

See the highs and lows from Penn State's impressive victory over Michigan, exorcising yet another Big Ten demon by finally pulling off a road victory over the Wolverines after so many close misses.

Penn State assembled a series of impressive performances to put together a 35-10 victory over Michigan, pushing them to 7-1 on the year.


Add a "W": The biggest high of this game was simple - a win. Penn State punted the Ann Arbor monkey and played a heck of a game to move to 7-1 on the year and move the Michigan streak to two consecutive wins, which had not been done since the 1995-1996 seasons.

Answer the Call: After Michigan marched right down the field on their first drive to score a touchdown, PSU could pulled int their shell, reliving all the woeful experiences in Ann Arbor. Instead, the team rallied around Daryll Clark and answered with a touchdown drive of their own, and went on to score 19 unanswered points.

Stuff It: Although Tate Forcier was elusive, the PSU front seven bottled up the freshman, allowing him to run for a mere 10 yards on the ground and pass for a pedestrian 13 for 30 for 140 yards, an interception and no touchdowns. Navorro Bowman and Jack Crawford in particular had big games for the defense.

Cleared For Takeoff: Daryll Clark and his receivers came to play, and play they did, rolling up 230 yards and four touchdowns. Derek Moye and Andrew Quarless both had big games. But it was Graham Zug who took advantage of the opportunity to grab three touchdown passes. The offensive also deserves a nod here for blocking for 395 yards of total offense.

Hold On: Penn State managed to hold onto the ball and have no turnovers to Michigan's four on the day. The Lions did not beat themselves and put things into high gear for a big victory.


Sidenote: It's a win in Ann Arbor, so let's enjoy it PSU fans and only toss out four lows for this game.

Tick Tock: It's almost a comedy of errors that at the 0:36 mark of the first half that the clock stopped for seemingly no reason. It may be time to invest in a new clock for Michigan Stadium.

Hold On: On the other side of 'holding on' what was with the defensive holding call against Navorro Bowman? An odd call to say the least considering that the Michigan player was engaging Bowman.

Boone Block: As great as Jeremy Boon is at punting when he gets it off, he needs to accelerate his motion and make sure he backs up to the 15-yard point the coaches have been stressing to him in practice.

Power of Love: I may be alone in this, but the love affair the ABC announcers had with Tate Forcier was a tad uncomfortable, let alone confusing. "Could be the best quarterback in the Big Ten" - seriously guys? He's a freshman, so he'll have his time, but let's cut down the love affair or Terrelle Pryor is going to get jealous.


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