Shane Morris was expected to resurrect a program by finding the end zone. Instead, he has found himself.
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.
Bell led his unit’s attack on the running game, recording five total tackles, one for a loss of seven yards.
Brown’s reputation as a tinkering blitz master has proven apt so far.
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.
Even after playing 17 ball carriers and 16 pass catchers this season, Michigan’s coach still has more in his bag of tricks.
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.
Even though the Wolverines couldn’t find their sense of direction Day 1 and Day 2, there was still another day to get on course against Big Ten foe Nebraska. And as if Michigan were using the sextant for the first time after sailing blind, get on course is what they did.