Senior linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone puts pressure on Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the fourth quarter. The pass was incomplete.

STATE COLLEGE — At first, it looked like it was going to be another long day for the Michigan defensive line.

Junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis evades Penn State cornerback Trevor Williams while returning a kickoff for 55 yards on Saturday.

The Wolverines, when it mattered most, made some of the game’s routine plays count.

Redshirt junior cornerback Jeremy Clark blocks a pass to Penn State wide receiver Geno Lewis during the second half of Michigan's defeat of Penn State.

The Wolverines beat Penn State by 12 points. Three times, they held the Nittany Lions to three instead of seven. There’s your ballgame.

Junior tight end Jake Butt celebrates his touch down in the first quarter.

Michigan overcame a slew of untimely penalties, a poor run game and a hostile Penn State crowd to not only win, but also stay in the conference title race.

Michigan's defensive line will look to take down Christian Hackenberg.

With its conference title hopes on the line, the No. 12 Michigan football team can’t afford to look ahead when it visits Penn State on Saturday.

Christian Hackenberg has had mixed results this season.

The stakes for the No. 12 Michigan football team are clear entering Saturday’s game at Penn State. A win will keep the Wolverines alive in the race for the Big Ten title, while a loss would likely end those hopes.

But what does the game mean for the Nittany Lions?

Royce Jenkins-Stone looks forward to facing Christian Hackenberg.

Of course, the biggest dreams of all are still in play. Saturday, as Michigan takes on Penn State in State College, it has a chance to get one step closer to a Big Ten Championship.

Jake Rudock will look to duplicate his recent success Saturday.

Only one item remains on the Michigan football team’s to-do list before the Wolverines can face No. 3 Ohio State at home for a spot in the Big Ten Championship.

Jourdan Lewis has begun to take on kick return duties to relieve Jabrill Peppers.

“It’s a game with really neat young people and a ball that’s not round, and that’s what creates the drama,” Baxter said.

Erik Magnuson said all loud stadiums are the same.

Penn State’s Beaver Stadium is the nation’s second-largest college football stadium behind only Michigan Stadium. It seats 106,572 people.