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Michigan’s Postseason Hopes Are Over In Gut-Wrenching Loss To Penn State

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October 20, 2019

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Here sat Michigan’s 2019 football season. The ball rested three yards from the end zone. It was fourth-and-goal with less than three minutes left, and the Wolverines trailed by a touchdown. Before them stood the nation’s fourth-best defense along with a deafening sheet of white—the Penn State student section (this, after all, was a White Out). (READ MORE) by ROSS DELLENGER | Sports Illustrated

Three of the last four meetings between No. 7 Penn State and No. 16 Michigan witnessed the victorious team come out on top by four touchdowns or more. The meeting on Saturday night in Happy Valley seemed to be headed in the same direction, but going into the fourth quarter, we appeared to be destined for a potential nail-biter finish as the Nittany Lions held just a seven-point lead after being up by three scores at one point in the first half — and an exciting finish in the “White Out” conditions is just what we received.

Behind quarterback Sean Clifford tossing for two touchdowns and rushing for another, Penn State jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the second quarter. Michigan was being written off for dead, but the Wolverines scored on a Zach Charbonnet 12-yard rushing touchdown just before the half to cut it to 21-7. The third quarter — which included a 100-yard kick return to open the half by K.J. Hamler called back for holding — saw very little action until Michigan flashed a bit more effort to rise from the dead in the form of another 12-yard rushing score from Charbonnet to give us a 21-14 score in Happy Valley. The Wolverines would never be able to get closer than that, however. While K.J. Hamler’s touchdown return didn’t stand, there was no taking his 53-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter off the board. Michigan would again answer, but it could never finish the comeback. The Wolverines found themselves facing a fourth-and-goal in the final minutes. Shea Patterson escaped pressure and found receiver Ronnie Bell in the end zone, but Bell couldn’t pull the pass in. A few plays and a first down later, Penn State was taking knees to ice the game. (READ MORE) by Tom Fornelli | CBS Sports

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