Penn State-Michigan football score: Recap, stats, analysis (October 21, 2017)

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Penn State and Michigan football meet on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Find the score and live updates below.

The undefeated Nittany Lions play host to one-loss Michigan in a Big Ten showdown at Beaver Stadium. Penn State coach James Franklin expressed excitement about the long-awaited game’s “White Out”atmosphere during a Tuesday media conference.

“The only thing I like more than Christmas is a White Out football game,” he said.

Penn State-Michigan football score, recap

Penn State 42, Michigan 13 (FINAL): Penn State finishes off Michigan and wins its 13th straight Big Ten game. It was an excellent night for Penn State fans, with attendance records broken, disrespect avenged and enough confidence built up to want the best opponent out there.

Penn State 35, Michigan 13 (Q4, 13:11): Saquon Barkley continues to build his case for Heisman Trophy consideration. He hauls in a 42-yard touchdown toss from Trace McSorley. Barkley briefly bobbled the ball but a friendly bounce helped him hold on for the score. He now has 3 total touchdowns tonight. This record-setting Beaver Stadium crowd is sensing a big-time victory now.

Penn State 28, Michigan 13 (Q4, 15:00): Penn State has set an all-time attendance record in Beaver Stadium. This game features 110,823 spectators, topping the previous mark set in 2002 during a game vs. Nebraska.

Penn State 28, Michigan 13 (Q4, 15:00): The Nittany Lions are in control of this contest as we head into the final quarter of action. Penn State carries a 380-195 advantage in total yards. Michigan begins the fourth quarter with the ball in its own territory.

Penn State 28, Michigan 13 (Q3, 5:13): Penn State pieces together a tremendous and pivotal drive to extend its lead over the Wolverines. The Nittany Lions travel 80 yards in 9 plays, fueled by 3 pass completions to DaeSean Hamilton. Trace McSorley has used his mobility to evade Wolverines defenders several times tonight and does so again on a 13-yard touchdown run. His score gives Penn State some breathing room.

Penn State 21, Michigan 13 (halftime): The Nittany Lions jumped out to a 14-0 lead and head into the locker room with an 8-point advantage. Saquon Barkley rushed for two touchdowns, while Trace McSorley added a score on the ground. Michigan running backs Ty Isaac and Karan Higdon each reached the end zone on short touchdown runs. Penn State has a 302-141 advantage in total yards, representing the most yards the Wolverines have allowed in a game this season.

Penn State 21, Michigan 13 (Q2, 0:53): Penn State swiftly responds to Michigan’s second score, driving 7 plays for 75 yards in 52 seconds. Mike Gesicki and DaeSean Hamilton both had key receptions, leading to a 3-yard touchdown run by Trace McSorley, who now has 18 total touchdowns this season. The 21 points scored by Penn State in this half are the most Michigan has surrendered in an entire game this season.

Penn State 14, Michigan 13 (Q2, 1:45): The Wolverines have nearly erased Penn State’s early 14-point advantage. Following a failed 4th down attempt for the Nittany Lions, Michigan drives 67 yards on 8 plays, capped off by a Tyler Isaac 6-yard touchdown run. Kicker Quinn Nordin connects on the extra-point attempt this time around, cutting the deficit to one point.

Penn State 14, Michigan 6 (Q2, 5:05): Penn State plays aggressively on its latest offensive series. The Nittany Lions go for it on 4th-and-7 from the Michigan 33-yard line rather than sending kicker Tyler Davis out for a 50-yard field goal attempt. McSorley fires downfield for DaeSean Hamilton but the pass is broken up and Michigan takes over. After a hot start, Penn State hasn’t scored during the past 15 minutes of game action.

Penn State 14, Michigan 6 (Q2, 12:53): Michigan is on the scoreboard courtesy of a 1-yard touchdown run for Karan Higdon. The score occurred on fourth down, as Jim Harbaugh elected to keep his field goal unit sidelined. Wolverines kicker Quinn Nordin, a former Penn State recruiting commit, was greeted by loud boos when he ran out for an extra-point attempt. He then missed the kick…

Penn State 14, Michigan 0 (Q2, 15:00): Penn State remains the only program in college football to keep opponents off the scoreboard in 2017. The Nittany Lions have outscored opponents 90-0 in the first quarter through seven games. However, Michigan begins the second quarter at Penn State’s 3-yard line.

Penn State 14, Michigan 0 (Q1, 3:21): Penn State drives deep into Michigan territory yet again on third offensive series but miscommunication in the passing games costs the Nittany Lions. Trace McSorley throws in Mike Gesicki’s direction, but the tight end doesn’t turn for the ball. Wolverines cornerback David Long intercepts the pass and runs downfield before he’s brought down by McSorley. This could be the break Michigan badly needed.

Penn State 14, Michigan 0 (Q1, 10:11): Saquon Barkley strikes again, scoring his second touchdown of the game’s first five minutes from 15 yards out. The Penn State offensive attack has come out sharp. The score was set up by a 23-yard run for quarterback Trace McSorley, who also hit tight end Mike Gesicki for a 35-yard gain on the drive. The Nittany Lions have put Michigan in an early hole, placing added pressure on an inconsistent Wolverines offense.

Penn State 7, Michigan 0 (Q1, 14:17): Saquon Barkley didn’t wait long to deliver a Heisman Trophy statement in this nationally televised showcase. He races 69 yards on Penn State’s second play from scrimmage, quickly hitting the open field and sprinting past Michigan defenders en route to his 10th touchdown of the season. His dash puts Penn State up early.

Pregame: This place is unreal right now. Check it out:

Pregame: Will this matchup result in a new Beaver Stadium record? There certainly seems to be a chance. Penn State football attendance has exceeded 110,000 six times, most recently for a game against Ohio State in 2009. The current record is 110,753 in 2002 against Nebraska. The Nittany Lions fell 102 fans short of 110,000 for their game against Pittsburgh on Sept. 9. Considering the hype surrounding this showdown, expectations are in place for a potential record.

Pregame: ESPN’s College GameDay crew invaded State College on Saturday morning. The popular college football show featured guest appearances from Nittany Lions coach James Franklin and former Penn State star Ki-Jana Carter. Members of the broadcast met with media Friday afternoon. Kirk Herbstreit discussed the dominance of running back Saquon Barkley, and 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard offered advice for Barkley’s own Heisman hunt. The show ended with this:

 

Penn State-Michigan football preview, picks

Penn State searches for its first victory over Michigan of the James Franklin era. The Nittany Lions haven’t suffered a regular-season loss since a 49-10 defeat in Ann Arbor last September, which dropped Franklin to 0-3 vs. the Wolverines.

A Clemson loss to Syracuse on Oct. 14 pushed Penn State to No. 2 in the national college football rankings for the first time since 1999. The Nittany Lions, coming off a bye week, have won 15 of 16 games, including 12 straight against Big Ten teams.

Penn State’s offensive backfield duo of running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley is among the most dynamic in America. Barkley and McSorley spearhead an attack that has scored at least 30 points in 12 of 13 games, surpassing 40 points on occasions during this stretch.

Barkley is a top midseason contender for the Heisman Trophy. He leads all FBS players with 217 all-purpose yards per game, scoring 9 total touchdowns as a receiver, rusher and kickoff returner.

McSorley continues to elevate his accuracy as a passer, completing 67 percent of his attempts for 1,597 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s tossed only 4 interceptions this season, while adding another 178 yards and 4 scores on the ground.

Preseason All-American tight end Mike Gesicki benefited from the bye week, continuing to heal from an upper-body injury suffered Sept. 30 against Indiana. He will be counted on to capitalize on opportunities in the passing attack, along with top receiver targets DaeSean Hamilton (22 catches for 366 yards and 4 touchdowns) and Juwan Johnson (24 catches for 303 yards and 1 touchdown).

Though Penn State has soared offensively throughout much of the season, it has been an area of inconsistency for Michigan. The Wolverines rank 79th among FBS programs in points per game (27.2) and are operating under the direction of second-string quarterback John O’Korn following a back injury suffered against Purdue on Sept. 23.

O’Korn has thrown 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions on 82 pass attempts. Michigan has leaned heavily on its run game, which features three players with more than 250 rushing yards: Chris Evans, Karan Higdon and Ty Isaac.

Higdon rushed for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns, including the game-winner, last Saturday in a 27-20 overtime victory at Indiana. His effort helped the Wolverines avoid a second consecutive loss, though Michigan still dropped two spots to No. 19 in the AP Top 25 poll.

Michigan lost to rival Michigan State 14-10 at home Oct. 7. Though the Wolverines offense has been largely inefficient, Michigan’s defensive results have been excellent.

This matchup features two of college football’s top-performing defensive units. Penn State leads FBS teams in points allowed per game (9), and Michigan is No. 1 in yards allowed per contest (223.8).

The Wolverines defensive front is especially menacing. Chase Winovich leads the way with 7 tackles for loss and 5 sacks, while former No. 1 overall recruit Rashan Gary has lived up to expectations as a sophomore and veteran Maurice Hearst is playing at a high level.

Michigan kicker Quinn Nordin, a former Penn State commit, is a weapon on special teams. He has converted 14 of 16 field-goal attempts this season, displaying consistent long-distance range.

Penn State seniors Jason Cabinda (linebacker), Marcus Allen (safety) and Grant Haley (cornerback) are among early first-team Big Ten candidates. Defensive ends Shareef Miller and Shaka Toney have come on strong for the Nittany Lions and will be called on to pressure O’Korn into mistakes.

Franklin is in search of more consistency from Penn State’s field-goal unit, which has converted only 6 of 13 field goal attempts. Progress in that department could prove pivotal in a tightly contested matchup.

Tyler Donohue’s prediction: Penn State 24, Michigan 22

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