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              === Belton's TD helps PSU down Michigan in 4-OT ===
 
 University  Park, PA  (SportsNetwork.com) - Bill Belton's 2-yard touchdown run
 in the fourth overtime session capped off an improbable comeback as Penn State
 upended No. 18 Michigan, 43-40, at Beaver Stadium.
 
 Trailing  40-37 after  Brendan Gibbons connected on a 40-yard field goal, Penn
 State (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) converted a crucial 4th-and-1 on Belton's 3-yard run.
 Three   plays  later,  the  Wolverines  (5-1,  1-1)  were  whistled  for  pass
 interference in the end zone, setting up Belton's game-winning touchdown.
 
 "We  came  out wanting  to run the  ball a  lot and that's  what we did," said
 Belton.  "(Coach Bill O'Brien) believes in running the ball and that's what we
 do  at  Penn State, we run  the ball. I enjoyed  playing the game today and we
 just got to get back to work on Monday."
 
 The  Nittany Lions have now defeated Michigan in four straight contests on the
 heels of a nine-game losing streak.
 
 Penn  State  had the first  opportunity in  overtime, but Chris Wormley sacked
 Christian  Hackenberg on  second down to set up 3rd-and-8. The third down pass
 was off the mark and Sam Ficken missed his 40-yard field goal try, leaving the
 door open for the Wolverines.
 
 Michigan,  content  to try  the game-winning  field goal,  ran three times for
 three  yards, setting  up a  Gibbons' 40-yard  try. But  the stout  Penn State
 defensive line, which was tremendous all game long, stepped up and blocked the
 attempt, forcing a second overtime period.
 
 In  the second  session, Gibbons and Ficken each connected on their tries from
 25 and 36 yards, respectively.
 
 Allen Robinson, whose 36-yard reception in the final seconds of regulation set
 up  Hackenberg's game-tying  touchdown plunge,  fumbled an  end-around on  the
 first  play  of the next  PSU drive.  Frank Clark capped  the best game of his
 career  by pouncing  on the  loose ball.  Clark recovered  a pair  of fumbles,
 scored a touchdown, and recorded two sacks.
 
 Michigan  again failed  to capitalize  on  the Robinson  miscue, when  Gibbons
 missed  his second kick in overtime and third for the game. The lefty missed a
 52-yard  kick at  the end of regulation  which would have won the game for the
 Maize and Blue.
 
 "We  had  opportunities throughout the  game," said Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
 "It's  a  tough one  every time  you go into  overtime, but  we've got to move
 forward."
 
 Hackenberg  had the  best game of his  young career despite throwing a pair of
 interceptions.  The true  freshman completed 23-of-44 passes for 305 yards and
 three touchdowns. Belton carried 27 times for 85 yards and a score.
 
 Jordan  Lucas  set the tone for  Penn State's defense early on by intercepting
 Devin  Gardner  on the Wolverines'  second possession. Hackenberg took over at
 the  Michigan 14  and three  plays later,  threw a  12-yard touchdown  pass to
 Brandon Felder.
 
 After  failing  to pick  up a first  down on its  first two drives, Michigan's
 offense  came  alive after the  Penn State touchdown. Fitzgerald Toussaint and
 Gardner broke off runs of 12 and 15 yards, respectively, before Devin Funchess
 found space behind the Lions' defense and caught 59-yard touchdown strike from
 Gardner to tie the score.
 
 Gardner  threw three  touchdown passes but turned the ball over three times on
 two  picks  and a  lost fumble.  He also ran  for a  career-high 121 yards but
 failed to score on the ground for the first time in nine regular-season games.
 
 "It  hurts, but I'm  so proud of my teammates," said Gardner. "There was a lot
 of adversity during the game and we fell back, but it wasn't enough."
 
 Gibbons put Michigan ahead 10-7 with a 47-yard field goal with 49 seconds left
 in the opening period.
 
 Early   in  the   second,  Penn  State  made  the  most  of  Gardner's  second
 interception.  Anthony Zettel  picked off the errant pass and Hackenberg found
 Jesse James for a 20-yard score on the very next play for a 14-10 PSU edge.
 
 With  7:06  remaining in the second  quarter, Hackenberg threw a back shoulder
 fade  to  Felder on third  down from the Michigan  24. Felder made a difficult
 catch over Courtney Avery for his second touchdown.
 
 Three  of Hackenberg's  first nine completions went for scores, as the Nittany
 Lions took a 21-10 lead into the locker rooms.
 
 Michigan regained the momentum early in the second half. James Ross III jarred
 the  ball loose  from Zach  Zwinak  on the  first play  from scrimmage.  Clark
 scooped it up and broke Hackenberg's arm tackle before reaching the end zone.
 
 Gibbons and Ficken traded field goals later in the third period.
 
 Michigan  went back  on  top late  in  the third  quarter  on Jeremy  Gallon's
 touchdown  catch near the left pylon. The Wolverines' receiver has recorded at
 least one catch in 32 straight games.
 
 Ficken then had an opportunity to tie the score, but he pushed a 47-yard field
 goal try wide left early in the fourth.
 
 The  Maize and  Blue marched  right down  the field  for a  score on  the next
 series. Gardner completed his first two throws of the drive for first downs of
 14 yards to Gallon and 13 yards to Drew Dileo before unleashing a 37-yard pass
 to Funchess in the back of the end zone.
 
 A  43-yarder from  Ficken with  6:35  left brought  Penn State  back within  a
 touchdown at 34-27, but a pass interference on 3rd-and-12 in the final minutes
 gave  the Wolverines  a fresh set of  downs and forced the Lions to burn their
 timeouts.
 
 Penn  State, playing in  front of a rowdy homecoming crowd, took over at their
 own  20-yard  line with 50  seconds left and  no timeouts following a Michigan
 punt. Hackenberg remained poised despite the situation and completed a pair of
 passes  to  Robinson around a 29-yard  hookup with Felder, the latter of which
 put  the  Nittany Lions  on the  Michigan 1-yard line.  Hackenberg scored on a
 quarterback  keeper on the  next play to tie the score with 27 seconds showing
 on the clock.
 
 In  the  final moments, Gardner  found Gallon for a  25-yard pickup to put the
 Wolverines  in  field goal range. Gibbons  had an opportunity to give Michigan
 the  win, but his  52-yard field goal fell just shy of the goal posts to force
 overtime.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Michigan  2012 AP  All-American left tackle Taylor Lewan left the game late in
 the  second  quarter with a right  leg injury and  did not return ... With his
 fourth extra point, Gibbons made his 127th consecutive PAT, setting a Michigan
 program  record  ... Michigan linebacker  Desmond Morgan has recorded at least
 four  tackles in  2 straight regular season games ... The four-overtime affair
 was  the  longest game  in  the  history  of  both programs  ...  Hackenberg's
 touchdown  late  in  regulation  was  the first  rushing  score  Michigan  has
 yielded  all  season ... C.J.  Olaniyan had six tackles  and 2.5 sacks for PSU
 ... Both teams struggled on  third  down, as Michigan converted  just 4-for-18
 while Penn State went 3-for-16.
 
 
 10/13 00:26:42 ET