Rudel’s Highs & Lows
Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 27-17 victory over on Saturday at Michigan Stadium:
Play of the game: On second-and-goal, Will Levis rushed for a 2-yard touchdown, extending the Nittany Lions’ lead to 27-17 with 8:12 remaining, answering PSU’s red-zone and short-yardage troubles.
Offensive player of the game: Freshman running back Keyvone Lee rushed for 134 yards on 22 carries, including a 6-yard touchdown that opened the scoring.
Defensive player of the game: Defensive tackle PJ Mustipher made five tackles, including one for loss.
Most telling statistic: For the first time this season, Penn State didn’t commit a turnover.
Most deceiving statistic: The Wolverines averaged 6.4 yards per rush.
Hidden statistic: The Lion defense limited Michigan to 55 total plays — 24 less than PSU ran.
Best run: Sean Clifford’s 28-yard touchdown run put the Lions up 14-7 in the second quarter. He also had a 29-yarder in the third quarter to set up a field goal and a 20-10 lead.
Best pass: Facing third-and-6 at the Michigan 11, Clifford rifled an 8-yard slant to Jahan Dotson for a first down, which set up the final touchdown.
Worst pass(es): One of the unsuccessful fades Penn State insists on throwing in the red zone.
Best catch: Michigan’s A.J. Henning went over PSU’s Daequan Hardy for a spectacular 28-yard reception to close the third quarter.
Catch it, will ya: Penn State didn’t have any glaring drops.
Hold it, won’t ya: Parker Washington’s first-quarter fumble, with the Lions up 7-0, was ruled down, a very close call. It was called a fumble on the field — Michigan had returned it 49 yards for a TD — but officials reversed it.
Best tackle: With the Lions up 27-17, Hardy pressured Michigan QB Cade McNamara, who fumbled.
Worst tackle: Lamont Wade whiffed on Hassan Haskins’ 59-yard run in the second quarter, which set up the Wolverines’ first touchdown.
Best block(s): Tight ends Brenton Strange and Theo Johnson paved Levis’ late 3-yard score.
Best kick: Michigan’s Jake Moody, 0-3 on the year, made a 40-yard field goal to pull the Wolverines within 17-10 in the third quarter.
Worst kick(s): Jordan Stout booted two kickoffs out of bounds.
Best call: Inserting Levis at the goal line.
Worst call: Up 14-7, the Lions spiked the ball on first down with 26 seconds and a timeout left, wasting a play that eventually forced them to settle for a field goal and a 17-7 halftime lead.
Worst penalty: Jayson Oweh jumped offsides on third-and-4 in the fourth quarter, giving Michigan a first down. It was his second offsides penalty and helped UM pull within 20-17.
Best effort: Washington caught nine passes for 93 yards. He broke tackles to gain yards after the catches and also came back when Clifford was in trouble.
Unsung hero: Lions’ special teams gunner Drew Hartlaub alertly snagged a bobbled punt by Michigan’s Mike Sainristil.