Saturday afternoon was a painful one in Ann Arbor for the Nittany Lions. On Michigan’s first three drives they moved the ball at will on their way to two field goals, a touchdown, and a 13-0 lead. At this point, Penn State fans were not feeling good.
Sigh pic.twitter.com/e0Ph5lQ2rI— ⱼₐₛ (@j_a155) October 15, 2022
Show up then https://t.co/t0fXJfpoHh— Charlie (@ckuster15) October 15, 2022
Is manny Diaz betting on Michigan? Terribly conservative gameplan— Garrett Carr (@RealGarrettCarr) October 15, 2022
It’s like a slow painful death— Heidi (@h__j__b) October 15, 2022
With Penn State trailing 13-0 in the 2nd quarter, Sean Clifford ripped off a long run down to the 2-yard line. This led to a touchdown run for Kaytron Allen.
THE SPEEDSTER SEAN CLIFFORD GETS FREE FOR PENN STATE!!pic.twitter.com/9w9E6p7kKH— Sickos Committee (@SickosCommittee) October 15, 2022
Cliff!!!! What a job on the read option pic.twitter.com/cGb942RVsy— Hardcore Penn State Football (@HardcorePSUFB) October 15, 2022
As discussed on the space, Clifford pulls it finally for a big gain— TK (@PSU_TK) October 15, 2022
Very very disappointing start. Yes we forced two field goals and no touchdowns but Penn State has been getting absolutely dominated in the trenches.— Hardcore Penn State Football (@HardcorePSUFB) October 15, 2022
God bless that slow bastard.— Clay Sauertieg (@ByCSauertieg) October 15, 2022
Huge touchdown!!!— NCNittany (@NittanyNC) October 15, 2022
Back in this.#WeAre!!!!
Go Penn State!!!
LETS GO WE’RE BACK IN THIS— Charlie (@ckuster15) October 15, 2022
That’s four touchdowns in as many games for Kaytron Allen. Huge score for Penn State. Sean Clifford made that happen.— Tyler Calvaruso (@tyler_calvaruso) October 15, 2022
Sean Clifford has speed— Kriner (@KrinerMLB) October 15, 2022
Sean Clifford, RB3. Massive tuddy there— Bliz (@Bliz_6) October 15, 2022
didn’t expect sean clifford to have wheels but here we are— katey :) (@kateymcl) October 15, 2022
After the Allen touchdown, the Penn State defense got one of its rare stops of the game. This came when Chop Robinson hit McCarthy as he threw the ball, the bal bounced off a Michigan player’s helmet and it was intercepted by Curtis Jacobs who returned it for a touchdown.
CHOP ROBINSON WITH THE TIP DRILL TO CURTIS JACOBS AND IT GOES FOR 6!!! PENN STATE IN THE LEAD #WEARE pic.twitter.com/1j56KfPdPQ— Alex Kielar (@AlexTBPK) October 15, 2022
The fact that Penn State is winning this game is hilarious.— Joe Smeltzer (@joesmeltzer775) October 15, 2022
Also, Chop Robinson is that dude.
Penn State getting Chop Robinson out of the transfer portal has turned into one of the best offseason additions in college football. Big time player.— Will Desautelle (@wdesautelle) October 15, 2022
What. Just. Happened.— Zach (@zachallen0) October 15, 2022
Penn State has turned this game around in a matter of minutes.
After a series of deflections, one off of PJ Mustipher's helmet, linebacker Curtis Jacobs takes the interception to the house.
Nittany Lions lead 14-13
Curtis Jacobs off a Penn State defender then a Michigan helmet. A pick six. Incredible turn of events. #PennState— Zhouse (1-0) this week (@gregzhouse) October 15, 2022
CURTIS JACOBS!!!— Sports Fanatic (@sportsislife26) October 15, 2022
OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! CURTIS JACOBS TO THE HOUSE! PENN STATE TAKES THE LEAD!— Connor Griffin (@RealCGriff) October 15, 2022
OH MY GOD CURTIS JACOBS PICK 6— PSU Dylan (@PSU_Dylan) October 15, 2022
Penn State entered halftime trailing 16-14. This was a minor miracle with the way Michigan dominated the first half. In the second half, Michigan’s dominance continued as the Wolverines rolled the Nittany Lions on their way to a 41-17 loss.
Ok so either Michigan is disproving all the haters about the cupcake schedule or Penn State is just not a real rush defense?…— Travis Reed (@TREED2012) October 15, 2022
This game is tough to watch. Penn State’s defense just look like they have no idea what football is.— Shane Collier (@ShaneCollier15) October 15, 2022
Zero. And I mean absolutely zero run defense by Penn State— bigg mike (@mwalker2521) October 15, 2022
Penn state might have the worst run defense in CFB— Dre™ (@DreDreads) October 15, 2022
That first half of punishment is starting to show on Penn State's Defense— Boat Shoes Woodson (@BoatShoeWoodson) October 15, 2022
Penn state defense is embarrassing. They can’t even make an open field tackle. #PSUvsMICH— Dabbing_granny (@dabbing_granny) October 15, 2022
Thought Penn State had a good defense?— SOL (@j_Borders) October 15, 2022
Penn State’s rush defense been getting cooked all day— Cam (@cameronisthelaw) October 15, 2022
Our DEFENSE needs to hit the GYM FOR WEIGHTS AND CARDIO. We seem slow and weak, how do we keep getting dusted. We are tied of losing to MI Ohio and MI State!!!!! #PennState #PSUvMich #PSU #WeAre.— TomBoy (@VA_TomBoy) October 15, 2022
WORST RUN AND 3rd DOWN DEFENSE IN THE WORLD #PennState— Kevin the Gambler (@BookieSharpBets) October 15, 2022
Lmao penn state run defense pic.twitter.com/HVev3jJDNH— Mamba Mentality ✊✊ (@danielcsete) October 15, 2022
When you lose 41-17 the Twitter reaction are limited. That was certainly the case following Saturday afternoon’s disaster in Ann Arbor.
There is no way around it, Saturday’s loss was embarrassing and unacceptable. Penn State might be on the precipice of a a second consecutive collapse in as many seasons.