Before every football game this season, two of the Daily’s football writers will take the weekend’s matchup to the PlayStation 2 and then let you know what happened.
Play of the game – The first play from scrimmage, Penn State RB #26 took the handoff and promptly fumbled. That pretty much set the tone.
Player of the game – It seems as if Michigan RB #20 is the player of the game every other week. He had 25 carries for 271 yards and picked up four touchdowns in the process. He had scoring runs of 61 and 59 yards.
Penn State coach Gabe Edelson:
“I have to admit, I’ve lost a lot of respect for the other coach. He showed absolutely no restraint in running up the score in the final minute. You’d think he would’ve shown some deference to me in my old age.
“As for my team’s effort, I think turnovers were the big problem. From the first play and continuing throughout, the fumbles and interceptions need to stop.
“I was pleased with our 100-yard, four-play, 35-second scoring drive at the end. QB #12 and WR #2 got some chemistry going. But obviously, we’re not a happy group right now.”
Michigan coach Ian Herbert:
“I should explain that Hail Mary in the final seconds. I really just wanted to get QB #12 a touchdown. When I brought him in in the third quarter, he pretty much just handed the ball off and ran the option. It was good to get him some throws.
“I thought our D-line was outstanding. We held RB #26 to just one yard on 14 carries. I thought our linebackers were outstanding.
“FS #21 showed a lot of character, coming back from injury to get pick and two fumble recoveries. Outstanding!”