NCAA Game Summary - Penn State at Michigan|
(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: (13) Penn State 35, Michigan 10
Ann Arbor, MI (Sports Network) - Daryll Clark tied a career-high with four
touchdown passes as 13th-ranked Penn State produced a sound 35-10 defeat of
Michigan at the Big House.
Clark was 16-of-27 for 230 yards while Graham Zug hauled in three touchdowns
during a five-catch, 59-yard performance. Andrew Quarless caught two passes
for 91 yards, including a 60-yard score, while Derek Moye finished with six
catches for 53 yards.
Evan Royster ran for 100 yards on 20 carries for the Nittany Lions (7-1, 3-1
Big Ten), who have won convincingly the past four weeks since their lone loss
of the season, a 21-10 home loss to Iowa on September 26.
The Nittany Lions defense, coming off a 20-0 whitewashing of Minnesota, was
just as productive with junior linebacker Navorro Bowman leading the way.
Bowman had 11 tackles, an interception, sack and fumble recovery. The defense
notched five sacks in all and forced four turnovers.
It was Penn State's first road win against Michigan since 1996.
"That record's a little misleading because we haven't played them twice in a
row. The way the schedule is, we play them one year and then don't play them
the next. We told our kids not to worry about the past. Nothing we can do
about that; we just got to play our game," Penn State head coach Joe Paterno
Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier was ineffective, connecting on just 13-of-30
throws for 140 yards with an interception. Backup Denard Robinson also threw
Brandon Minor rushed for 48 yards on 12 carries and produced the lone score
for the Wolverines (5-3, 1-3), who have lost three of four since beginning the
season with four straight wins. Greg Mathews caught seven passes for 70 yards
"We obviously did not play well in any phase. We had some turnovers that
killed us. I told the team I thought we had prepared well, but maybe we
didn't. As coaches, we have got to try and do a little bit more to get our
guys into some situations where we can have some success," said Michigan head
coach Rich Rodriguez.
Michigan marched 70 yards in 11 plays with Minor's one-yard TD plunge capping
the game's opening drive for an early 7-0 lead.
Penn State answered immediately, though, scoring in just four plays as a 41-
yard Royster run set up Clark's 10-yard TD pass to Zug. Collin Wagner kicked a
34-yard field goal to finish off the Lions' next series for a 10-7 edge after
It became a 12-7 game late in the second quarter when Michigan snapped the
ball from its own two through the back of the end zone on a punt attempt. Just
as quickly, it was 19-7 Penn State as the next play from scrimmage was a 60-
yard scoring connection from Clark to Quarless.
"I thought [Daryll] Clark played a great game. In all fairness I don't think
Daryll's received the credit he should have, because he's really played great
football. People have been critical of him, but people didn't catch the ball,"
Paterno said. "Overall, I think everybody just made up their mind that we were
going to show people we were a pretty good football team, and they came out
here and played well."
Jason Olesnavage's 23-yard field goal just seconds before halftime made it a
It was all Penn State in the second half as the defense ratcheted up the
pressure and Clark rolled on with a 31-yard pass to Quarless that set up an
11-yard scoring grab by Zug less than 2 1/2 minutes in.
Robinson coughed up the ball near the midway point of the frame and Nick Sukay
recovered at the Wolverines' 22. Two plays later, the Lions were back in the
end zone on a 17-yard strike from Clark to Zug for a 22-point margin.
PSU then embarked on a back-breaking trek that began in the waning moments of
the third and lasted nearly 10 minutes into the fourth. The drive only
resulted in a 29-yard field goal from Wagner but it essentially sealed the
Michigan's fate by leaving only 5:25 to play.
Michigan owns a 10-5 series advantage over Penn State despite the loss, but it
was the Nittany Lions who prevailed in its previous meeting, ripping the
Wolverines in Happy Valley last season, 46-17...This was the first of two
straight road games for Penn State, which plays at Northwestern next week.
Michigan is at Illinois next Saturday...PSU linebacker Josh Hull continued a
solid senior season with 10 tackles and a sack. Safety Drew Astorino had the
other interception for the Nittany Lions, who outgained Michigan
396-250...Penn State won the time of possession 34:48-25:12 and did not commit
10/24 20:18:36 ET