Oct. 30, 2010
Site: State College, Pa. (Beaver Stadium)
Score: Penn State 41, Michigan 31
Records: U-M (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten), Penn State (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten)
Attendance: 108,539 (sellout)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Nov. 6 -- vs. Illinois (Michigan Stadium), Noon (TV: ESPN)
STATE COLLEGE, Penn. -- Sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach HS) set the Big Ten season record for rushing yards by a quarterback in the University of Michigan football team's (RV AP/No. 25 Coaches) 41-31 loss at Penn State on Saturday night (Oct. 30) at Beaver Stadium. Robinson racked up 381 yards of total offense, completing 11-of-23 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown and rushing for 191 yards on 27 carries with three TDs. He has 1,287 yards rushing on the season, surpassing the previous record of 1,270 yards set by Indiana's Antwaan Randle El in 2000.
Junior/sophomore middle linebacker Kenny Demens (Detroit, Mich./Country Day HS) led the defensive effort with a career-best 12 tackles and one tackle for loss. Fifth-year senior Jonas Mouton (Los Angeles, Calif./Venice HS) contributed 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack. Junior/sophomore strong safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay HS) chipped in 11 stops.
Penn State grabbed a 7-0 lead on a four-yard touchdown run by tailback Evan Royster. After holding the Wolverines to a three-and-out, PSU proceeded to march 71 yards in 14 plays for the game's first points. The Nittany Lions converted three third-down chances on the drive. Quarterback Matt McGloin completed 3-of-6 passes for 31 yards and had an 11-yard run that converted a third-and-10 situation. Royster carried the ball four times for 26 yards.
Michigan answered on the very next possession on a 32-yard scamper by Robinson on a third-and-three play. The Wolverines moved 80 yards in nine plays and consumed 3:25. Robinson rushed four times for 48 yards and completed two passes for 21 yards on the scoring drive. Sophomore running back Vincent Smith (Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee HS) added three carries for 11 yards.
Penn State then scored on its second straight possession and grabbed a 14-7 lead on a one-yard run by Royster, who started the drive with a 20-yard run up the middle and added a 19-yard run that gave PSU a first-and-goal at the one. After a trick play lost 11 yards, Matt McGloin completed a 27-yard pass to wideout Derek Moye to Michigan's 20-yard line.
The Wolverines cut into the deficit and made it 14-10 as redshirt freshman kicker Seth Broekhuizen (Holland, Mich./Holland Christian HS) converted a 37-yard field goal, the longest field goal of his career. The Wolverines' 15-play, 55-yard scoring drive stalled on a holding penalty after gaining a first-and-goal at the PSU 10. Robinson rushed four times for 27 yards and completed 2-of-6 passes for 28 yards. Freshman tailback Stephen Hopkins (Double Oak, Texas/Marcus HS) converted a key fourth-and-one play with a three-yard run that gave U-M the first-and-goal from the 10-yard line.
Penn State scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes to grab a 28-10 lead at half. McGloin scored on a one-yard keeper at 3:27 and tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Graham Zug with 1:02 remaining to build an 18-point advantage at half.
Penn State increased its lead to 31-10 on the opening possession of the third quarter when icker Collin Wagner converted a 37-yard field goal at 9:57 of the third stanza to cap a 10-play, 62-yard drive. The key play on the series was a 40-yard pass from McGloin to wideout Moye on third-and-10 from PSU's 25-yard line.
Michigan responded quickly as Robinson tossed a 60-yard touchdown pass to junior tight end Kevin Koger (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer HS), who was wide open down the seam and ran about 40 yards after the catch for the longest passing play of his career. The five-play, 80-yard scoring drive took 1:59. Robinson added runs of eight and 19 yards.
However, the Nittany Lions marched 80 yards in seven plays to answer Michigan's touchdown. Fullback Michael Zordich scored on a five-yard run up the middle to give PSU a 38-17 lead with 3:59 remaining in the third frame. Royster had four carries for 24 yards on the drive and McGloin completed both passes for 41 yards, including a 34-yard pass to Devon Smith.
The Wolverines continued to chip into the Nittany Lions advantage as Robinson scored on a one-yard keeper at 1:36 of the third quarter. U-M started at its 47-yard line following a 47-yard kickoff return by redshirt freshman Jeremy Gallon (Apopka, Fla./Apopka HS). Robinson completed 2-of-3 passes for 36 yards and rushed twice for eight yards.
After stopping the Nittany Lions, Michigan scored on its third straight possession as Robinson ran it in from four yards out to cut the deficit to 38-31 at 9:25 of the fourth quarter. Robinson carried the ball on seven of the 11 plays in the scoring drive, gaining 45 yards on the ground. He also completed two passes for 24 yards and Vincent Smith carried the ball twice.
Penn State increased its lead to 41-31 on a 42-yard field goal by Collin Wagner at 5:43 of the final stanza. The seven-play, 39-yard scoring drive was aided by a personal foul penalty on the kickoff that gave PSU possession at its 49-yard line.
Michigan was unable to get a first down on four straight plays and Penn State ran out the rest of the clock.
U-M returns to Ann Arbor for the first time in three weeks for a battle with Illinois next Saturday (Nov. 6) at noon at Michigan Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423