From the beginning of the game until the end, the Wolverines played better football than we’ve seen in any game this year. With 8 minutes left in the first quarter, Michigan took advantage of their first possession and brought it to the end zone within 4 minutes. Michigan quarterback, Shea Patterson, took it upon himself to put the Wolverines on the board with a fake handoff and a quick run to the end zone.
The real momentum came in the 2nd quarter, with a fumbled handoff from PSU’s quarterback, Trace McSorley. Chase Winovich was all over the ball, recovering the fumble, giving the Wolverines the chance to once again score a touchdown. 5 minutes later and Patterson connected with Donovan Peoples-Jones in the back right corner of the maize and blue end zone to get the ball rolling for Michigan. DPJ then chirped former PSU running back, Saquon Barkley, with a touchdown celebration mimicking Barkley’s celebration during the matchup last year in Happy Valley.
The crowd couldn’t be contained during the game, especially when the big screen told them to “make noise”. This was a crucial part to the game and motivated the Michigan defense to hold Penn State’s offense to just 68 rushing yards, compared to Michigan’s 259. McSorley seemed to get frazzled each time he had the ball, as the crowd would only get louder which each failed attempt at a first down. The Michigan fans were rewarded for their help in the win with “Mo Bamba” by Shek Wes playing throughout the Big House during the 4th quarter.
The Wolverines sealed Penn State’s fate after the refs declined the targeting call on PSU’s defense. As the replay showed DPJ took a shoulder to the head, all bets were off for the Michigan offense to show mercy toward their opponents. Patterson found Zach Gentry in the end zone shortly after the call, increasing the score to 21-0.
The night seemed to be complete as a familiar face returned to play. Tarik Black’s lucky #7 on field seemed too good to be true as his college career has been injury ridden. He came out strong making a connection with Patterson to bring the ball to the end zone. This moment was soon stripped away by a Michigan offensive holding penalty that revoked the touchdown but allowed Black to show that he’s “no rookie” according to his post-game Instagram.
The final touchdown of the game was made by Penn State, but the Nittany Lions were anything but happy leaving the Big House late Saturday night. With the Revenge Tour wrapping up, there is only one stop left for the Wolverines to dominate. “The Game” is approaching fast with Michigan facing Rutgers and Indiana on the way. With this big win over a rival like Penn State, Michigan will hopefully continue this momentum until they face Ohio State in Columbus November 24th.