Oct. 24, 2009
Today's announced crowd of 110,377 is the 221st consecutive game welcoming more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
Michigan has compiled a 10-5 record against Penn State. U-M has won nine of the previous 11 contests, but the Nittany Lions boast a current two-game winning streak in the series.
The Wolverines hold a 5-3 all-time advantage over Penn State in the Big House. Today's loss snapped Michigan's five-game home winning streak vs. PSU, dating back to 1997.
Today's game marked the 11th time that U-M has faced a top-15 ranked PSU squad. The loss drops Michigan's record to 7-4 against top-15 ranked Penn State teams.
Today's alumni captains were wide receiver Tai Streets (1995-98), offensive tackle Mike Kenn (1975-77) and quarterback John Navarre (2000-03).
Michigan's 10 points were its fewest of the season, while Penn State's 35 points were the most allowed by U-M this season.
The Wolverines' 250 yards of total offense was their lowest offensive output of the season -- one yard fewer than their total at Michigan State on Oct. 3.
Senior running back Brandon Minor scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season -- and the 17th of his career -- capping the Wolverines' opening drove with a one-yard run into the end zone.
Michigan's opening score was the first first-half touchdown allowed by Penn State this season. PSU was the last team in the nation to give up a first-half touchdown.
Senior wide receiver Greg Mathews tallied seven catches for 70 yards to become the 25th Wolverine in program history to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in his career. He improved his career totals to 96 receptions and 1,013 yards.
Fifth-year senior punter Zoltan Mesko punted seven times for 314 yards against Penn State to surpass 10,000 yards in his career. He ended the game with 237 career punts and 10,074 yards, improving on his U-M school records in both categories.
With four tackles today, senior linebacker Stevie Brown surpassed 150 in his career. He wrapped up the game with 153 career tackles.
Senior defensive end Brandon Graham matched a career high with 3.5 tackles-for-loss -- combining for nine yards -- against Penn State, moving to fifth among Michigan's career leaders in the category with 45.5. He needs just 1.5 TFL to reach the fourth spot, currently held by Victor Hobson (47, 1999-2002), and 2.5 TFLs to reach the third spot, currently held by Curtis Greer (48, 1976-79). Graham gained a share of the seventh spot on Michigan's career list of tackles-for-loss yardage with 199.
Freshman linebacker Craig Roh earned his second career sack -- and first solo -- in the second quarter, resulting in a loss of four yards.
Junior/sophomore Junior Hemingway registered a career-long 19-yard punt return late in the second quarter to set up Michigan's field goal. His previous career long was a seven-yard return at Iowa (Oct. 10).
Several Michigan players set or matched career highs in tackles -- junior/sophomore safety Mike Williams (9), sophomore defensive tackle Mike Martin (8), junior cornerback Donovan Warren (7) and sophomore/freshman linebacker Brandon Smith (2).
The Wolverines registered their second punt block in as many weeks in the third quarter. Brandon Graham blocked the punt and recovered the ball. It was his first career punt block.
Sophomore/freshman running back Michael Shaw tallied a career-long 11-yard reception late in the third quarter. His previous long was an eight-yard touchdown grab in last season's opener vs. Utah (Aug. 30, 2008).