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Penn State 27, Michigan 17: What Twitter Had To Say

Folks.... Penn State has won a football game!

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

To start the game Penn State put together arguably their best drive of the season. The Nittany Lions offense marched 75 yards on 10 plays. This included Keyvone Lee averaging 5.6 yards per carry before he capped the drive off with a touchdown.

It was refreshing to see some positivity return to Penn State Twitter following the drive.

On their second drive, the Nittany Lions were driving the ball again. They faced a 4th & 1 inside the Michigan 30 and lined up to go for it. Well, this is where things started to go south.

Penn State had Michigan caught with too many men on the field but failed to snap the ball in time. Instead, the Nittany Lions commited a false start penalty. This led to a 49-yard field goal attempt that Jordan Stout missed. This, understandably so with how this season has gone, brought out a lot of doom and gloom.

Following this sequence of events, Michigan marched down the field for a touchdown. The false start caused at least a 10 point, if not a 14 point swing in this game.

After Penn State’s defense settled things down, the offense put together another strong drive. Capped off by a 28-yard touchdown run by Sean Clifford, the Nittany Lions retook the lead at 14-7.

Right before halftime Michigan muffed a punt. This muffed punt bounced right into the hands of Drew Hartlaub, giving Penn State the ball inside the Michigan 30.

This muffed punt led to a Nittany Lion field goal and a 17-7 halftime lead for Penn State. This was the first time all season Penn State led at halftime.

One negative from Saturday’s game was Jordan Stout. The usually reliable kicker missed a 49-yard field goal, although the wind played a role, and booted two kick off out of bounds.

One thing that did not change, however, was Stout’s beautiful flow.

Two big stars for Penn State on Saturday were true freshman running back Keyvone Lee and wide receiever Parker Washington.

Lee rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. Washington finished the game with 9 receptions for 93 yards, both of which led the team.

Late in the 4th quarter Daequan Hardy had a strip sack that was recovered by Jayson Oweh. On what appeared to be a great play, Shaka Toney kept himself in bounds while knocking the ball into the field of play.

Penn State was then called for illegal batting. This gave Michigan a 1st down in Penn State territory. This is a terrible rule and a penalty that is almost never called. Rightfully so, people were a combination of confused and upset.

Thankfully, this call did not come back to bite the Nittany Lions. Toney also got redemption when he stepped up and stopped Joe Milton on a QB sneak of 4th and inches later on the drive.

Penn State has finally won a football game. They may only be 1-5 this season, but at least they’re not Michigan. As I sit here typing this it’s 3:30 PM on Saturday, November 28, 2020, and Michigan still sucks!