Senior running back De'Veon Smith celebrates after a touchdown against Penn State on Saturday.
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Five sacks and stifling defense, especially on third down, have given the fourth-ranked Wolverines a 28-0 halftime lead.

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Sophomore running back Karan Higdon runs the ball to help Michigan defeat Penn State 49-10 on Saturday.
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Higdon played the best game of his career with nine carries for 81 yards and two touchdowns.

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Shane Morris says attending Michigan has been a dream come true, despite his fate on the field.
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Shane Morris was expected to resurrect a program by finding the end zone. Instead, he has found himself.

Taco Charlton has been out since the first week with an ankle injury but should return Saturday.
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Penn State ranks 118th in the country on third down, converting 27.3 percent of its chances, while Michigan leads the country in third-down defense, allowing a 10.5 percent conversion rate.

Penn State linebacker Brandon Bell (11) played a major role in last year's game against Michigan, but he will miss Saturday's game.
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Bell led his unit’s attack on the running game, recording five total tackles, one for a loss of seven yards.

Don Brown says his defense will be prepared for yet another up-tempo spread attack Saturday.
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Brown’s reputation as a tinkering blitz master has proven apt so far.

Chaka Daley's team failed to score for the third straight game Wednesday against Western Michigan.
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The loss, which sent the Wolverines to 0-5-3 on the season, was microcosmic of the season to date: close, just not close enough.

Jim Harbaugh likes his opponents to think "all things are possible" when they play the Wolverines.
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Even after playing 17 ball carriers and 16 pass catchers this season, Michigan’s coach still has more in his bag of tricks.

Fifth-year senior receiver Jehu Chesson had zero catches against Colorado, the first time since he was shutout against Ohio State in Nov. 2014.
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After lighting up Central Florida for a combined 195 receiving yards and two touchdowns in their second game of the season, Michigan fifth-year senior wide receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson looked right on their way to becoming the best pass-catching duo in the Big Ten.

Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh argues a call in a game against Penn State on Saturday. Michigan won 49-10.
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The Michigan football team did that thing again, where it steamrolls an opponent so thoroughly that it feels like Marshawn Lynch is calling the shots.

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Senior safety Dymonte Thomas goes for a tackle against Penn State on Saturday.
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Other than perhaps quarterback Trace McSorley, Barkley was the player with the biggest target on his back for the Michigan defense all afternoon.

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Jourdan Lewis is expected back Saturday after missing the first three games with various injuries.
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The Michigan football team opens up conference play on Saturday against Penn State (2-1), a team desperate to prove its worth after finishing last season 4-4 in Big Ten play.

Jabrill Peppers ran his first punt back for a touchdown last week and could give Penn State similar headaches this weekend.
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The two storied programs will open their respective conference schedules at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

Michigan (2-0-0 Big Ten, 6-1-1 overall) will host the Spartans (1-1-0, 4-4-1) as overwhelming favorites, having yet to lose at home this season.

Wilton Speight finished 16-for-30 and took three sacks in Saturday's game.
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Michigan had trouble finding its receivers open space as well as protecting quarterback Wilton Speight on Saturday against Colorado.

Lars Eckenrode said Wednesday that Michigan's latest loss came as a result of a slow start.
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Some stats suggest Michigan is in the upper echelon of teams in the country, but the reality is much different.

Avery Evenson is off to a strong start for the Michigan women's cross country team.
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Evenson’s statement at Michigan’s first two meets, though, shows that she may share some of the spotlight with Finn.

When the first day of the Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio, wrapped up for the Michigan men’s golf team, the Wolverines weren’t where they wanted to be. After shooting a team score of 592, Michigan found itself in ninth place out of 13 teams.

Amanda Elmore, a Michigan graduate student, was selected to represent Team USA at the Rio Olympics for the women's eight rowing team. After years of training, for which she put her education on hold, Elmore came home with the gold.