Recap: Penn State earns first win of season in 27-17 victory at Michigan
Penn State got its first win of the season on Saturday in a 27-17 victory at Michigan that leaves Wolverines with even more questions as this tumultuous season goes on. Cade McNamara wasn't the same quarterback he was a week ago at Rutgers, got subbed in and out because of an apparent injury, and Joe Milton wasn't up to the task of leading Michigan back.
UM - Cade McNamara: 12/25, 91 yds.
PSU - Sean Clifford: 17/28, 163 yds.
UM - Hassan Haskins: 17 att., 101 yds., 2 TD
PSU - Keyvone Lee: 22 att., 134 yds., TD
UM - Ronnie Bell: 4 rec., 40 yds.
PSU - Parker Washington: 9 rec., 93 yds.
Penn State bleeds clock to finish off Michigan
Penn State takes over on downs at its own 37, leading by 10 with 5:37 to go.
Keyvone Lee rushes for 4 yards.
Timeout #1 Michigan (5:31 4th)
Lee rushes for 3 yards.
Timeout #2 Michigan (5:26 4th)
Will Levis rushes for 3 yards, then goes for a big gain of 23 yards that will probably bid farewell to the Wolverines' hopes of a victory.
Lee and Levins rush get another first down at the Michigan 16 with three more run plays. They'll run out the clock to close this one out, as Penn State has its first win of the season.
FINAL: Penn State 27, Michigan 17
Penn State drives dagger into Michigan with fourth-down stop
Michigan takes over at the 25, trailing by 10 with 8:12 to go.
Cade McNamara's first two passes of the drive fall incomplete. Penn State gives a gift with an offsides penalty to make it third-and-5. Chris Evans gets the handoff and runs to the Michigan 44, a gain of 14.
Again, two incompletions on first and second down. Third-and-10: McNamara is chased down, sacked, stripped, and Penn State recovers. But because one of the Penn State players batted the ball back in-bounds before it reached the sideline, Penn State receives a penalty for illegal batting, and it'll be first-and-10 for the Wolverines at the Penn State 46.
McNamara throws yet another first-down incompletion, and Joe Milton comes in the game. Milton rushes for 8 yards on second down. Michigan predictably hands off to Haskins, and predictably doesn't get it, as Haskins is stopped for a gain of 1. Zero imagination or urgency in a high-stakes situation. More of the same on fourth down: Milton keeps and gets stopped for no gain.
Penn State 27, Michigan 17 (5:37 4th)
Penn State scores biggest touchdown of game, goes up 10 with 9 minutes left
Penn State takes over at its own 25, leading 20-17 with 13:12 to go in the game.
Sean Clifford is chased from the pocket by Josh Ross and Donovan Jeter, and is forced to throw it away. Keyvone Lee rushes for 7 on second down to bring up third-and-3: Clifford hits Jahan Dotson for a 12-yard completion to the Penn State 44 for a new set of downs.
Clifford rushes for 5 yards on first down. Lee takes off for a gain of 24 on the next play, running all the way to Michigan's 27 before getting taken down.
Lee then picks up 4 yards on the next play and 8 yards on second down, bringing up first-and-10 at the Michigan 15.
Caziah Holmes rushes for 3 yards on first down. Clifford's second-down attempt falls incomplete, but his throw on third down is on the money to Dotson for a gain of 9 to the Michigan 3. First-and-goal.
Will Levis punches it in on second-and-goal from the 2 for a Penn State touchdown.
Penn State 27, Michigan 17 (8:41 4th)
Michigan draws within a field goal of Penn State on Haskins' second rushing touchdown
Michigan takes over at the 35, trailing by 10 with 0:40 in the third quarter.
Cade McNamara throws incomplete to Cornelius Johnson on first down, but completes a jump ball to AJ Henning down the sideline that's good for 28 yards to the Penn State 37.
McNamara's next pass falls incomplete, and the third quarter comes to a close.
END 3RD: Penn State 20, Michigan 10
McNamara throws a completed pass to Nick Eubanks on second down that's good for 6. Penn State goes offsides on third-and-4, and the Wolverines have a first down.
Blake Corum has rushes of 15 and 9 yards to bring Michigan to second-and-1 at the 2, and Haskins rushes for a 2-yard Michigan touchdown.
Penn State 20, Michigan 17 (13:12 4th)
Penn State extends lead to 10 near end of third quarter
Penn State takes over at its own 32 with 4:59 to go in the half. The Nittany Lions lead 17-10.
Sean Clifford throws complete for a pickup of 12 yards on first down.
Caziah Holmes rushes for 2 on first down, and Clifford gets 2 more on the next play. Clifford takes off on third down and runs for 29 yards, getting all the way to the Michigan 23.
Clifford throws complete to Holmes for 6 yards. Holmes then rushes for a yard on second down before Clifford gets stopped for no gain on third down, bringing up fourth-and-2.
Jake Pinegar extends the lead to 10 with a 33-yard field goal.
Penn State 20, Michigan 10 (0:40 3rd)
Michigan goes three-and-out with chance to tie game
Michigan takes over at its own 18 with 6:29 to go in the half.
Cade McNamara on first down throws complete to Cornelius Johnson on first down. Hassan Haskins rushes for 3 yards on second down. McNamara misses to Chris Evans on third down, and Michigan will punt.
Penn State 17, Michigan 10 (4:59 3rd)
Third-down sack helps Michigan get ball back quickly in third
Penn State takes over at the 25 after a touchback.
Sean Clifford throws for no gain to Parker Washington on first down, then connects with Washington for a pickup of 14 on the next play.
Keyvone Lee rushes for 3 yards on first down. Clifford runs for 3 yards on second down, but is sacked for a loss of 6 on third down.
Penn State 17, Michigan 10 (9:10 3rd)
Michigan adds field goal to start second half
Michigan starts its first drive of the half at its own 35.
Hassan Haskins rushes for 9 yards on first down, no gain on second down, and no gain on third down to bring up fourth-and-1: Haskins gets the handoff again, and this time he gets positive yardage for a 2-yard gain that picks up the new set of downs.
Cade McNamara throws complete to Cornelius Johnson on first down for a pickup of 13.
McNamara completes his pass on the next play, but it's for a loss of 3. Ronnie Bell comes up with a 6-yard reception on second down to bring up third-and-7, which is turned to third-and-2 thanks to an offsides penalty on the Nittany Lions.
Timeout #1 Michigan (10:32 3rd)
Michigan keeps the drive alive with a 3-yard run by Haskins. It's first-and-10 at the Penn State 30.
That turns to third-and-10 pretty quickly after a misfire to Johnson down the sideline and a hurried throw to Erick All on second down that's basically thrown away. Chris Evans hauls in an 8-yard reception on third down, and Michigan will try a field goal on fourth-and-2.
Jake Moody puts home the 40-yard field goal.
Penn State 17, Michigan 10 (9:10 3rd)
UM - Cade McNamara: 5/8, 31 yds.
PSU - Sean Clifford: 11/20, 110 yds.
UM - Hassan Haskins: 9 att., 81 yds., TD
PSU - Caziah Holmes: 12 att., 54 yds., TD
UM - Ronnie Bell: 3 rec., 34 yds.
PSU - Parker Washington: 7 rec., 79 yds.
Penn State gets ball back on muffed punt, takes 17-7 lead before half
Penn State takes over at the 31 with 2:47 to go in the half.
Sean Clifford throws complete to Isaac Lutz for 2 yards on first down. Keyvone Lee rushes for 2 yards on second down. Clifford's throw down the sideline lands out of bounds, and Penn State will give it right back.
Or, at least they tried. Mike Sainristil muffs the punt and it landed right in the hands of a Penn State defender. The Nittany Lions will have it first-and-10 at the Michigan 27.
Lee rushes for 3 yards on first down.
Timeout #1 Penn State (1:09 2nd)
Clifford hits Jahan Dotson for a 9-yard completion to the 15-yard-line, which'll bring up a new set of downs.
Timeout #2 Penn State (0:46 2nd)
Clifford's throw to the end zone on first down falls incomplete. A 10-yard run by Clifford on the next play brings up first-and-goal at the 5.
Clifford's first- and second-down passes fall incomplete. Clifford throws it up to the end zone on third down, another incompletion.
Timeout #1 Michigan (0:17 2nd)
Jake Pinegar's 22-yard field goal attempt is good.
Penn State 17, Michigan 7 (0:15 2nd)
Michigan receives the ball, and will run out the clock to end the first half.
END 2ND: Penn State 17, Michigan 7
McNamara falters in first drive back at quarterback for Michigan
Alright, so now it's Cade McNamara taking the field for Michigan yet again. The Wolverines take over at the 25 with 3:32 left in the half.
McNamara throws a completion to AJ Henning for a gain of 6 on first down. He misses to Mike Sainristil near the sideline on second down, then goes back to Sainristil for a tough throw on third down that falls incomplete.
Brad Robbins' punt is fair caught at the Penn State 31.
Penn State 14, Michigan 7 (2:47 2nd)
Clifford cleared of injury, runs for 28-yard touchdown to give Penn State lead
Sean Clifford is back out there for Penn State. He was favoring his kneecap after going down, so his return is great news.
First-and-10 at the 24. Caziah Holmes rushes for 2 yards on first down. Sean Clifford misses the second-down throw to Daniel George, but hits Parker Washington for a gain of 22 yards to the Penn State 48, where it'll be first-and-10.
Holmes rushes for 4 yards on first down and 8 on second down.
Holmes then rushes for 2 yards on the next first down and 10 on second down, as it's now first-and-10 for Penn State at the Michigan 28.
Clifford takes off, makes a few men miss, and gets to the pylon for a Penn State touchdown.
Penn State 14, Michigan 7 (3:32 2nd)
Milton's second act not going well, two bad throws end Michigan drive
Michigan takes over at the 12 with 8:20 left in the half.
Joe Milton throws a strike to Ronnie Bell for a 21-yard completion to the Michigan 33, and this drive starts with a bang. Cade McNamara is out of the locker room, and per ESPN, tried to get out onto the field before the series started, to no avail.
Blake Corum rushes for a gain of 3. Milton's second-down pass to Bell is high and away and hits off the receiver's hands. His throw on third down falls short of the target.
Penn State will get it at its own 24.
Michigan 7, Penn State 7 (7:00 2nd)
Michigan defense gets another stop as Clifford leaves with injury
Penn State takes over at its own 16 with 12:02 to go in the half.
Sean Clifford hits Parker Washington for 3 yards on first down and 6 on second down. Will Levis moves the chains with a 3-yard run on third down.
Clifford throws complete to Washington for a pickup of 13 yards on first down as Penn State moves to the 41.
Keyvone Lee rushes for a yard on first down. Clifford's throw to Jahan Dotson down the sideline falls incomplete.
Injury alert: Penn State QB Sean Clifford appears to be feeling a lot of pain in his knee after taking a low hit. He is being tended to by the training staff.
Levis rushes for 6 yards, and Penn State will be forced to punt.
Michigan 7, Penn State 7 (8:20 2nd)
Milton in for injured McNamara, Michigan punts ball from Penn State territory
Joe Milton's role as backup didn't last long. Cade McNamara was seen heading to the locker room between drives, and that'll mean that Milton, who started the first five games of Michigan's season, is back under center.
Chris Evans rushes for 13 yards on first down to the Penn State 49.
Evans gets it again on the next two plays, rushes of 8 and 0 yards. Hassan Haskins is hit for a loss of 1 on third-and-2, and Michigan will punt from Penn State territory.
Michigan 7, Penn State 0 (12:02 2nd)
Michigan gets ball back as Penn State punts ball away for first time
Penn State takes over at the 25. The Nittany Lions are looking to regain their 7-point lead.
Caziah Holmes rushes for 1 yard on first down, bringing the first quarter to a close.
END 1ST: Michigan 7, Penn State 7
Holmes goes for another yard on second down. Sean Clifford is hit by Kwity Paye while letting go of a third-down pass that falls harmlessly to the turf.
Penn State 7, Michigan 7 (14:13 2nd)
Michigan ties game on strong drive from Haskins
Michigan takes over at the Penn State 31, and they get a huge boost from the missed field goal. Hassan Haskins takes the first play from scrimmage to the Penn State 9-yard-line for a gain of 60 yards.
Haskins rushes for 4 on the next play. Cade McNamara rushes for 3 yards on second down, then gives to Haskins for a 2-yard rushing touchdown.
Michigan 7, Penn State 7 (0:30 1st)
Michigan has takeaway overturned, Penn State misses field goal
Sean Clifford throws complete to Parker Washington on first down, but he's stripped by Josh Ross, and Gemon Green returns the fumble for a Michigan touchdown. That is, until the officials overturn the play. It's a 7-yard completion, second-and-3. Keyvone Lee rushes for 4 yards on the next play.
First-and-10 at the Michigan 47.
Clifford throws complete to Brenton Strange on first down, a gain of 4, then hits a second-down pass to Washington for a gain of 8.
Clifford rushes for 2 yards to the Michigan 33. Penn State faces third-and-8 after an incompletion to Jahan Dotson on second down. Lee goes down after a gain of 7. Penn State planned to go for it on fourth-and-1, but took a false-start penalty.
Jordan Stout's 49-yard field goal is no good. The deficit remains 7 for the Wolverines.
Penn State 7, Michigan 0 (2:32 1st)
Michigan turns ball over on downs on opening drive
Michigan takes over at the 25 after a touchback. The Wolverines already trail 7-0 in this one, thanks to a great drive from Penn State to start the game.
Cade McNamara will get the start at quarterback for Michigan after a solid performance against Rutgers. He throws on first down to Ronnie Bell, a completion of 8. Hassan Haskins rushes for 5 to the 38 to pick up a new set of downs.
McNamara completes to Bell on a screen that gains 5, then gets it to Roman Wilson for a pickup of 4 to bring up third-and-1. Haskins beats a stacked box for a gain of 3 to move the chains.
A direct snap to Haskins on first down loses 1 yard. McNamara hits Erick All for a gain of 8, bringing up third-and-4. Haskins rushes for only a yard, leading to a fourth-down attempt: McNamara throws incomplete to Cornelius Johnson.
Penn State takes over on downs.
Penn State 7, Michigan 0 (6:22 1st)
Penn State cruises down field on opening drive, takes 7-0 lead
Penn State takes over at the 25 to start the game. Keyvone Lee rushes for 7 yards on first down and 4 on second down to move the chains.
Kwity Paye forces Sean Clifford to throw the ball away on the next play. Lee then rushes for gains of 9 and 2 to make it first-and-10 at the Penn State 47.
Clifford then finds his first completion of the day, hitting Parker Washington for a gain of 20 yards to the Michigan 33.
Lee rushes for 2 yards on first down. Clifford then hits Isaac Lutz for a pickup of 16 yards, and Penn State is cooking. First-and-10 at the Michigan 15.
Lee rushes for 9 yards, then gets into the end zone with a new 6-yard run on second-and-1. Touchdown, Nittany Lions.
Penn State 7, Michigan 0 (10:50 1st)
Michigan is looking for its first victory this season at the Big House, possibly behind a quarterback making his first collegiate start.
That appears to be the biggest story line as Michigan (2-3) plays host to Penn State (0-5) at noon today as the Wolverines mull a change under center.
Freshman Cade McNamara came on in relief of starter Joe Milton last week and led the Wolverines to a 48-42 come-from-behind triple-overtime victory over Rutgers, snapping a three-game losing skid. Head coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't made an announcement aboout who will start Saturday, though cornerback Vincent Gray appeared to spill the beans to reporters this week.
Whoever starts at quarterback will face a Penn State team entangled in a historical season-opening tailspin. The Nittany Lions' 0-5 start is the first in their 134-year history.
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Michigan vs. Penn State
► Kickoff: noon today, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
► TV/radio: ABC/950
► Records: Michigan is 2-3, Penn State is 0-5
► Line: Michigan by 1