The Penn State Nittany Lions faced off against a feisty Michigan Wolverine defense, and came away as the victors. DaeSean Hamilton was a big part of the success on the field, hauling in six receptions for 115 yards. This despite some of the physical man coverage he faced, writes the Daily Collegian.
Meanwhile, on the ground, Saquon Barkley added another batch of plays to his Heisman reel, explains the Centre Daily Times. The phenom finished the day with 176 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. In doing so, Barkley became the first player in Penn State history to record 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in their career.
Not to be outdone, the Nittany Lion defense shone bright under the lights, quenching a mostly ineffective Wolverine offense, according to PennLive. The Wolverines defense was considered to be one of the top units in the country, and the pregame discussion swirled around an impending defensive struggle. While Penn State held up its end of the bargain, Michigan was gashed repeatedly - the Wolverines allowed more yards in the first half than they had in an entire game thus far.
247 breaks down the offensive snap counts for the Lions, which saw the starting offensive linemen take every single snap. The offensive line has been beleaguered this season, and many believed the fierce front seven of the Wolverines would live in the Penn State backfield. Not so, as the offensive line only allowed 2 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, and 1 quarterback hurry (compared to 7 sacks, 8 TFL, and 4 QB hurries for the Lions).
Lastly, it appears that the national media wants more Penn State in their lives, as ESPN College GameDay will be traveling to Columbus, OH for the showdown between the Lions and Ohio State. This will be the second consecutive week the Lions will be featured on the prominent college football show, and is the second time that GameDay has visited Columbus this season - the first being the Week 2 matchup of the Buckeyes against Oklahoma.