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.
That’s how we start a game!!!! Let’s freakin go!!!!!!! #WeAre— Jen Simmons (@JenGroveSimmons) November 28, 2020
That drive was perfect. Wow.— Dan Arnoldi (@ArnoldiPSU) November 28, 2020
Touchdown!! Great start Penn State. #WeAre! Let’s not play with my emotions. My vote is to just blow them out today. It would be a welcomed change from how the season has gone.— NCNittany (@NittanyNC) November 28, 2020
Penn State touchdown and I believe only freshman touched the ball? Keyvonne Lee is the best back on the team.— Cap (@JCaprio21) November 28, 2020
TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE easily too lol— Ben Kessler (@stormbuckeyes83) November 28, 2020
How did Franklin convince his offense that this is the start of the 3rd quarter?? Brilliant!— JoePa's Doghouse (@RowlffDogg) November 28, 2020
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.
So, that false start penalty when PSU had 4th and 1 inside the Michigan 30 is gonna be the turning point of this game, huh?— Penn State Hire Luke Fickell Challenge (@happyhourvalley) November 28, 2020
4th and 1 to go up two scores. No situational awareness to snap the ball and get a first down. Followed by a missed field goal. Followed by a defensive collapse against one of the worst rushing offenses in the country. Now it’s 7-7 instead. This is the program now. #WeAre— Kevin Horne (@KevinHornePSU) November 28, 2020
Nits could have snapped and gotten UM with 12 men. Instead, they try to get cute and get a false start then missed FG. #PennState— BobbyDo2U (@bobbydo85) November 28, 2020
False start, missed field goal, awful 60 yard run, TD, 3-out, bad punt. Penn state 2020— Sean H (@seanR0617) November 28, 2020
Pretty typical for this Penn State team that a minor mistake like that false start on 4th and 1 leads to a momentum swing like this.— Justin Morganstein (@jmo31800) November 28, 2020
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.
Despite having a bad left knee, Penn State QB Sean Clifford just had a big run for a TD against that Don Brown defense!— Brian Chapman (@bchapsports) November 28, 2020
Sean Clifford at the end of that run pic.twitter.com/bFHChacIHL— Joe Nadonley (@_avg_joe_) November 28, 2020
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.
Drew Hartlaub’s reaction time is here. pic.twitter.com/rQlLu12UIQ— Mark Wogenrich (@MarkWogenrich) November 28, 2020
South Western grad Drew Hartlaub comes up with the muffed punt. PSU in excellent position before the half.— Matt Bortner (@M_Bortner) November 28, 2020
“Look what I found”- Special Teams legend Drew Hartlaub— Kevin McConlogue (@KMcconlogue) November 28, 2020
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.
Penn State actually has a lead at halftime. Stop the count!— Steve Seman (@SteveSeman) November 28, 2020
Penn State leads Michigan 17-7 at halftime. This is the first time this season the Lions have had the lead going into halftime. #SPST562— meg♡ (@megan_knuettel) November 28, 2020
I can't believe Penn State has the lead at halftime!— Todd Irwin (@ToddIrwin1) November 28, 2020
Penn State is up 17-7 at the Half against Michigan! First halftime lead since December 2019!— Ddh_sports (@DdhSports) November 28, 2020
Penn State has a lead going into halftime. Things I never thought I’d see in 2020.— TERI (@terilyns68) November 28, 2020
Penn State in uncharted territory in 2020 with a lead at halftime.— Jarrod Prugar (@jprugar26) November 28, 2020
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.
Jordan Stout is not having as good of a season this year— Jarred Walp (@jaywalp) November 28, 2020
What is up with Jordan Stout all of a sudden?— J0(& 5)E WALSH (@realjwalsh) November 28, 2020
Do we all still pretend to love Jordan Stout or can we finally get upset at him— Gavin Steinhubl (@gsteinhubl) November 28, 2020
Jordan Stout has to be hurt, right?— Greg (@GMZ5034) November 28, 2020
what is jordan stout doing— collin mehalick (@collin) November 28, 2020
One thing that did not change, however, was Stout’s beautiful flow.
Jordan Stout looks upset, but at least his hair is still beautiful— Richard Smeltzer (@SecretRichardS) November 28, 2020
Two big stars for Penn State on Saturday were true freshman running back Keyvone Lee and wide receiever Parker Washington.
Keyvone Lee and Parker Washington are the future of Penn State football pic.twitter.com/WjXfGD0hgQ— Jake Starr (@jstarr1999) November 28, 2020
Silver lining on a lost season, Penn State has found some players in Keyvone Lee and Parker Washington.— Matt Foreman (@FattMoreman) November 28, 2020
Getting some Tony Hunt vibes from Keyvone Lee— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) November 28, 2020
Parker Washington is really coming into his own in the slot. Love to see it.— BigNortheastPod (@PodNortheast) November 28, 2020
Parker Washington is a dude— the S zone (@the_S_zone) November 28, 2020
Keyvone Lee has created a lot of something out of nothing today...he’s up next— kel♡ (@kcampp13) November 28, 2020
Keyvone Lee? More like he’s the KEY to move VON to victorLEE— Richard Smeltzer (@SecretRichardS) November 28, 2020
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.
I see “illegal batting” is going to become the new “two seconds”— Penn State Hire Luke Fickell Challenge (@happyhourvalley) November 28, 2020
Why can't you bat the ball back in bounds? Reward good defense, awareness, no?— Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) November 28, 2020
Michigan with life after that bizarre ruling.— The Football Letter (@PSUFBLetter) November 28, 2020
Hahahaha what— the S zone (@the_S_zone) November 28, 2020
DAMMIT— D (@dkdmac) November 28, 2020
That's one of those penalties that shouldn't be a penalty.— Donnie Collins (@PennStateTT) November 28, 2020
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!
A win in Ann Arbor is a win in Ann Arbor— Aaron Yorke (@AaronPYorke) November 28, 2020
Much screaming and dancing— D (@dkdmac) November 28, 2020
six weeks late but PENN STATE WIN pic.twitter.com/wMmsYf3H2P— collin mehalick (@collin) November 28, 2020
If you’re gonna win just one, I’ll take it against #Michigan.— chad mitchell (@cmmitchell4) November 28, 2020
Certainly didn’t think it would take this long but nice to be together for her first. #WeAre #PennState #PSUvsMICH
Next year, we’ll see winning football and her and @PSUBlueBand in person. pic.twitter.com/f02i23Ubha
Penn State gets in the win column!! PSU 1-5— STEELCITYNATION (@SCityNATION412) November 28, 2020