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Michigan 42, Penn State 7: What Twitter Had To Say

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Saturday’s trip to the Big House was an ugly one for the Penn State Nittany Lions and Twitter reacted accordingly

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To be blunt, Penn State got their asses kicked on Saturday. No. 14 Penn State fell to 6-3 on the season after getting blasted by No. 5 Michigan 42-7 in the team’s worst game since their last trip to the Big House back in 2016.

Despite the lopsided score, Michigan held up a 14-0 lead at halftime. In the second quarter with Penn State trailing 7-0 the Nittany Lions made a play that appeared to swing momentum in the game. Nick Scott blocked a Quinn Nordin field goal attempt and Garrett Taylor scooped it up and returned it for an apparent game tying touchdown.

However, Zech McPhearson was called for a ‘chop block’ on the play. This was an atrocious call and Big Ten officiating at its finest. As a result, Nittany Lion fans were livid on Twitter and rightfully so.

Despite the phantom chop block call, the Nittany Lions still had the ball at midfield trailing by a touchdown. Well, Trace McSorley and Miles Sanders then had a bad exchange on a zone read leading to a fumble that Michigan recovered. It was just the latest in a long list of self inflicted wounds by Penn State this season.

The self inflicted wounds were not over, though. On the ensuing Michigan possession the Wolverines found themselves in 3rd and 7 before Robert Windsor jumped offsides. Windsor’s penalty made it 3rd and 2, which allowed the Wolverines to go for it, and convert, on 4th and 2. This drive ended it a touchdown making it 14-0 when, without Windsor’s penalty, it may have been 10-0.

While drops were not as big of an issue on Saturday, largely because the offensive line was eaten alive all day long, Brandon Polk did record yet another drop on Penn State’s opening drive. Man fans, understandably so, are over Polk seeing as much playing time as he does.

By the end of the day, Nittany Lion fans were fed up with the mental errors and self inflicted wounds.

An area of major disappointment for the Nittany Lions this season has been the offensive line. This unit returned four starters, and lone new starter was a former five-star recruit. The offensive line has not turned into the strength many expected it to be this fall, and Saturday was their worst performance yet.

The Nittany Lions rushed for a season low 68 yards on Saturday, while allowing a season high five sacks.

Dealing with a knee injury suffered in last week’s victory over Iowa, McSorley struggled throughout the game on Saturday. Penn State’s redshirt senior quarterback was not moving as well as he typically does and was struggling with his throws. This led to McSorley struggling and many fans wanting the Nittany Lions to go to Tommy Stevens.

Stevens began to play some series for McSorley before eventually taking over for the latter half of the fourth quarter. After throwing a pick-six on his first pass attempt of the game, Stevens completed his other three pass attempts for 35 yards. He also rushed for a team high 52 yards and Penn State’s lone touchdown of the game.

In what has become the norm this season, fans were upset with Penn State’s coaching after the game as well. The masses remain ready to run David Corley, Phil Galiano, and Ricky Rahne out of town. And, to be honest, all three should be relieved of their duties this offseason.

This game sucked. The Nittany Lions are now 6-3. Thankfully, it is no longer Michigan week and is now Wisconsin week.