Postgame Notes: Penn State 43, Michigan 40 (4OT)

Oct. 12, 2013

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• 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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