Oct. 12, 2013
Tonight's four-overtime game against Penn State marks the longest game in school history, surpassing U-M's triple-overtime victories over Michigan State (Oct. 30, 2004) and Illinois (Nov. 6, 2010) at Michigan Stadium.
Despite the loss, Michigan still leads the all-time series vs. the Nittany Lions, 10-7.
Senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner completed 15-of-28 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns.
Gardner led Michigan's rushing effort with a career-high 121 yards on 24 carries.
Sophomore tight end Devin Funchess eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second straight week, catching four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State.
Funchess caught a 59-yard career long touchdown pass from Gardner at 8:19 of the first quarter and added a 37-yard TD reception at 10:28 of the fourth quarter. He has four touchdown receptions this season.
Michigan forced Penn State turnovers on its first two possessions of the second half, scoring points off both miscues.
Sophomore cornerback Raymon Taylor set up the offense with an interception and four-yard return to PSU's 26-yard line. The pick is Taylor second of the season and led to Gibbons' 23-yard field goal that pulled the Wolverines within a point, 21-20, at 8:51 of the third quarter.
Junior Frank Clark returned a fumble 24 yards for a touchdown on the first offensive play of the third quarter for Penn State, trimming the deficit to 21-17. Clark finished the game with two sacks and two fumble recoveries.
With Clark's touchdown, Michigan has scored a defensive touchdown in consecutive games; junior/sophomore cornerback Blake Countess returned an interception 72 yards against Minnesota last week.
Senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon caught seven passes for 95 yards and one touchdown.
Gallon extended his streak to 32 consecutive games with a reception. He is tied with Marquise Walker for the third-longest streak in school history, trailing only record-holder Braylon Edwards (38 games) as well as Jason Avant (35).
Senior/junior linebacker Jake Ryan returned to the lineup 207 days after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during spring practice (March 19). He saw his first action at the 8:19 mark of the first quarter. Ryan made his presence felt by stopping a quarterback sneak on fourth down that gave Michigan possession at PSU's 33-yard line. Ryan has posted a tackle-for-loss in 18 of his 20 career games.
Penn State scored its first two touchdowns following Michigan turnovers inside U-M's 20-yard line. The second score came on a 20-yard pass from Hackenberg to Jesse James at 11:27 of the second quarter.
Michigan trailed 21-10 after the first 30 minutes. The Wolverines have trailed at the half in both road games this season (14-7 deficit at Connecticut).
Penn State took a 7-0 lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass following a Michigan turnover on its second possession. It is the first time that the opposition scored the game's first points against the Wolverines this season.
Sophomore safety Jarrod Wilson picked off Christian Hackenberg's pass at U-M's 18-yard line, ending PSU's first drive of the contest (11:57). It is his second interception of the season.
Fifth-year senior placekicker Brendan Gibbons converted four field goals (47, 40, 25, 23) and four PATs.
With his fourth PAT of the contest, Gibbons passed J.D. Carlson (126 PATs, 1988-91) for the most consecutive PATs made in program history with 127.
Gibbons converted a 47-yard season-long field goal with 47 second remaining in the first stanza to give Michigan a 10-7 lead. It is the second longest of his career, trailing only his career-best 52-yarder at Nebraska (Oct. 27, 2012)
Junior linebacker Desmond Morgan finished the game with eight tackles. He has tallied at least four tackles in 21 straight regular-season games.
Today's matchup was Brady Hoke's first as a head coach in State College; he was 6-2 as an assistant coach with the Wolverines against the Nittany Lions.
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