Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (9) dives in for a touchdown as Michigan's Josh Metellus (14) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017.
At 7-0, Penn State now rolls into Columbus next week with a full head of steam. Here is how to watch the Wolverines, plus a breakdown of key storylines and more.
Saturday night added another solid pillar to the foundation that is clearly being built here as the Nittany Lions turned in their most complete big-game performance under Franklin by dominating MI, 42-13, at Beaver Stadium. The Wolverines need a win to stay in the Big Ten East race. This is the longest streak in school history.
McSorley accounted for 358 yards and four touchdowns - three by rush and one through the air - and the Lion receivers again came up huge, DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki in particular. Penn State finished with a three-round total of 25-over to capture the crown among the nine-team field at the Blue Hen Invitational on Sunday. McSorley totaled 358 yards and 4 touchdowns, including three rushing scores. As a team, Penn State racked up 506 yards of total offense, more than double the 223.8 yards per game Michigan's FBS-leading defense entered the night surrendering - and Franklin allowed the clock to expire with Penn State inside the MI 10-yard line and three timeouts in his pocket, so it could have been worse.
Moments after securing one of the signature victories of his coaching career, James Franklin figured he - and his Penn State squad - earned an opportunity to soak it in.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley catches the bobbled football for a 42-yard touchdown against MI on Saturday. The Big Ten championship comeback against Wisconsin.
"We just have to be more physical up front and sustain our blocks", center Connor McGovern said.
Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26). Going into Week 8, Sanders has 63 rushing yards and a touchdown on only 6 attempts. He then added a third before the game was over.
"It's going to be a defensive game", Penn State linebacker Koa Farmer said. The No. 2 Nittany Lions found creative ways to get Barkley the ball.
As it turned out, Barkley didn't even need a minute or multiple carries to make the MI defense doubt everything about themselves. "We got a pretty good defense around here, too". With Wilton Speight out, Michigan's quarterback situation has been less than adequate as John O'Korn has struggled since taking over the position. Linebacker Jason Cabinda and free safety Marcus Allen are the leading tacklers, and end Shareef Miller has been the most consistent pass rusher.
Unlike the Penn State offense, the MI offense has struggled, ranking 79th in the nation in scoring (27.2) and 86th in total offense (376.3 yards). Fries impressed at right tackle where Penn State has started both Chasz Wright and Andrew Nelson.
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