Penn State beats MI, 42-13

Michigan's No. 1-ranked total defense will have its hands full Saturday vs. No. 2-ranked Penn State in Happy Valley

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Jackie Rogowicz paced Penn State with an even-par 216 to finish second individually. The Lions have allowed an FBS-low 9-points per game this season while MI leads the nation in total defense, giving up just 224 yards per game.

No. 2 Penn State (3-0 Big Ten, 6-0) expects to receive its sternest test so far against No. 19 MI (2-1, 5-1) in the White Out game tonight at 7:30 at Beaver Stadium (TV-ABC). MI dropped a second game, and that likely knocks the team out of the Big Ten East race under third-year coach Jim Harbaugh. This is the longest streak in school history.

Ethan Beckford paced the Nittany Lions with two goals, while three others had one: Ryan Gallagher, Aymar Sigue, Mac Curran and Daniel Gonzalez. McSorley totaled 358 yards and 4 touchdowns, including three rushing scores. With the exception of their two-point victory over Iowa, Penn State has won every game they have played by double digits.

After forcing a three-and-out, Penn State moved 78 yards in four plays, keyed by a 35-yard rainbow heave from McSorley to tight end Mike Gesicki.

Barkley scored two touchdowns in the first five minutes to regain some Heisman Trophy momentum, and his good hands to haul in a bobbled reception for a score made up for an early job that likely cost Penn State some points when the game was still in some doubt. He then added a third before the game was over.

Threatened for the first time of the evening, Penn State ended its streak of three straight unsuccessful drives with a 7-play, 75-yard march that consumed only 52 seconds. Barkley also recorded his 14 consecutive game with a touchdown, the longest active streak in the FBS Finally, he broke the Penn State record for career scrimmage touchdowns with his 42, passing former Penn State great Lydell Mitchell (41).

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Penn State was waiting for this type of cohesion to develop up front. The No. 2 Nittany Lions found creative ways to get Barkley the ball.

Rest assured that the MI defense will not play that way.

LYNCHBURG, Va. Two Nittany Lions remain alive in the ITA Regionals at Liberty University. With Wilton Speight out, Michigan's quarterback situation has been less than adequate as John O'Korn has struggled since taking over the position.

The linebacker group was steamrolled against MI a year ago and middle linebacker Jason Cabinda did not forget.

Penn State enters the game after a bye week and boasts their highest AP poll ranking since 1999. Fries impressed at right tackle where Penn State has started both Chasz Wright and Andrew Nelson. The Nittany Lions held the Wolverines to 269 total yards of offense in contrast to Penn State's 506 total offensive yards. And once he got into the open field, it was goodnight, Wolverine. When there is a gap in the defense is it noticeable. "Tomorrow when we get back out there, we'll learn from the mistakes we made today and move on to our next opponent". The No. 2 Nittany Lions entered Saturday night 15-1 since that blowout loss to MI, and improved to 16-1 with a 42-13 defeat of No. 19 MI.

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