The No. 19 Michigan Wolverines (5-2, 2-2) suffered their second loss of the year at the hands of the No. 2 Penn State Nittany Lions (7-0, 4-0) falling 42-13 on Saturday night.
John O’Korn threw 16 completions for 166 yards and no touchdowns and was sacked seven times. This is the third straight game that O’Korn has failed to throw a touchdown.
Karon Higdon led running backs with 15 carries for 45 yards. Grant Perry led receivers with 3 catches for 46 yards.
The maize and blue defense had an uncharacteristically bad night in this contest. The team allowed 510 total yards including five rushing touchdowns. This was the most total yards the unit has let up since Jim Harbaugh became the head coach at Michigan
The Nittany Lions got things started early, with Saquon Barkley running 69 yards for a touchdown on just the second play from scrimmage. On their next drive, Penn State would drive 78 yards on four plays to make it 14-0 with ten minutes left in the first quarter.
Michigan’s offense couldn’t seem to get going in their first few drives, but that seemed to change after David Long intercepted a pass by Trace McSorley. The Wolverines would use their subsequent drive to score their first touchdown. However kicker Quinn Nordin would miss the extra point, making it 14-6 in favor of Penn State.
The Wolverines would go on to score another touchdown on their next drive to make it 14-13. However, the Nittany Lions would answer with one of their own to make it 21-13 going into halftime.
Penn State picked up right where they left off in the second half, with Trace McSorley rushing in for his second touchdown of the game.
After a Michigan fumble in the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions drove down the field to score another touchdown, this time on a 42-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley. Penn State would go on to score another touchdown on their next drive.
The Wolverines will return home next Saturday, Oct. 28, to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for homecoming weekend.