Michigan football hammers Penn State behind strong defense


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Michigan football has all the evidence.

And all the revenge.

Karan Higon rushed for 132 meters and No.5 Wolverines controlled the Penn State offense during a 42-7 shootout of No. 14 Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

Michigan overcame Penn State, 403-186.

The Wolverines forced revenge against Wisconsin three weeks ago, in the state of Michigan two weeks ago, and against Penn State at Ann Arbor.

With three horses to play, the Wolverines (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) stay in the driver seat of the Big Ten and control the possible Playoff play in College football.

Michigan travels to Rutgers next week, hosts Indiana on November 17th, then closes the regular season in Ohio State on November 24th.

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Defense crisis

The offense of Penn State had no hope, not for a minute. The Wolverines brought Rashan Gary back after three game injuries but Michigan's third trip to Josh Uche, Chase Winovich, Kwity Paye and Michael Dwumfour made the first damage.

Uche had two first half bags, Winovich had another, and Penn State had no hope in the third under or between the opponents.

The Nittany Lions were in the negative at half-time and eventually started the start of Trace McSorley in the third quarter to support Tommy Stevens, who immediately dropped a pick-six to Brandon Watson – his second season.

Defense Coach Don Brown recently said he had spent a whole year of thinking about the 42 points that Michigan allowed against Penn State last season. On Saturday, his team gave seven. And this score did not reach the last two minutes.

On the revenge tour? Michigan's defense (and offense) passed the year after his meeting on Saturday using former Penn State running back to celebrate Sawon Barkley's plane and celebrating McSorley baseball bat.

Balanced offense

Shea Patterson (2) celebrates his TD with Ben Mason, Oliver Martin and Greg Robinson against Penn State during the first half of Saturday at Ann Arbor. (Photo: Kirthmon F. Dozier, Free Detroit Press)

Michigan the left points on the court in the first half and kicking has a lot to do with it, but aggressively, the Wolverines are still very difficult to prepare and shine.

Shea Patterson's belt-reading led to a first half touchdown, hurried for 42 yards on 11 transfers and helped open more for Higdon and Chris Evans.

Michigan did not get many shots on the pitch, but it was not necessary. Patterson hit Donovan Peoples-Jones for a 23 meter touchdown pass and found Nico Collins in a 47-meter shot. He had one more in Tarik Black who was called back because of a wait.

And while there were some efficiency issues with missed opportunities in the first half, blocked target field and downs turnover, Michigan had Penn State guessing for most of the game.

Aggressive line

During the last month, Michigan's offensive line has played at the elite level. It's hard to find another line in the Big Ten to play better now and that was once again on the screen.

The Nittany Lions entered the game, leading the championship into bags and facing losses. The PSU had one bag and two events for loss and the Wolverines rushed for 259 meters.

This was another law test for this front five, as Penn State's course is legal. And, just like two weeks ago in the state of Michigan against the top defense of the country, the Wolverines passed the test.

The questions are over.

This is a good offensive line. One of the best in the league. Right now maybe the best in the championship.

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