No. 2 Nittany Lions 42, MI 13 (Beaver Stadium)

Lions-Wolverines get set for a big night in Happy Valley

Trailing Penn State, Michigan State and Ohio State by two games and ceding the tie-breaker to the first two, the 2017 season officially takes on "rebuilding year" status as the Wolverines are now playing for positioning among the Tampa-Orlando-Jacksonville bowl games and 2018 preparation. They'll enter tonight's game as two-score favorites over MI with Ohio State looming on their schedule for next week.

Penn State is almost a double-digit favorite over MI.

"They're really good everywhere", he said. This time, it's the one-loss Buckeyes' turn to play spoiler.

Ohio State past year.

The matchup between Penn State's offense and Michigan's defense was worth the billing it received going in.

The Nittany Lions are good enough to run that three-game gauntlet, and this victory sets up a fantastic showdown with Ohio State next week. Sanders was listed at 205 pounds on Penn State's roster as a true freshman, but Franklin said he was up to 224 pounds in the spring of 2017. At least not yet.

Ethan Beckford paced the Nittany Lions with two goals, while three others had one: Ryan Gallagher, Aymar Sigue, Mac Curran and Daniel Gonzalez. The computer is taking Penn State to cover the spread, and the over on the point total. They're going to try to take your run game away.

Quarterback Trace McSorley tossed a momentum-swinging interception in the first quarter, but he was sensational aside from the turnover. That is high praise coming from the signal caller that recorded 282 passing yards, 76 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Heisman hopeful is the first Penn State player to reach 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his career.

Barkley burst through the line of scrimmage and bolted past Michigan's defense for a 69-yard scoring sprint on the second offensive play of the night.

Penn State was equal to it and in fact fueled it.

Michigan's top-ranked defense didn't have an answer for quarterback Trace McSorley, who threw for one touchdown and ran for three others, or running back Saquon Barkley, who scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving.The Nittany Lions (4-0 Big Ten, 7-0) beat the Wolverines (2-2, 5-2) for the first time since their epic four-overtime win in 2013 at Beaver Stadium and defeated a ranked opponent for the first time this season.They also gained revenge for a 49-10 loss a year ago at MI and set up a Big Ten East showdown next week at No. 6 Ohio State.McSorley completed 17-of-26 passes for 282 yards and threw a touchdown pass for the 22nd consecutive game, a 42-yarder to Barkley in the fourth quarter.

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"All week long, everybody was talking about their defense", Franklin said.

The Nittany Lions have been one of the best teams in the country since. Everybody was talking about MI this and MI that.

Via its GameDay appearance, ESPN beat the drums all week long, and sometimes the pre-game hype can make the event too big for the home team.

Campbell forced a fumble while sacking MI quarterback John O'Korn. The Wolverines are 1-12 against their last thirteen top ten ranked teams.

Michigan's defense had not allowed more than seven yards per play in a game since Jim Harbaugh arrived in 2015. There might not be a playoff appearance at all for the Nittany Lions without a win in Columbus, Ohio, next Saturday afternoon.

"Not exactly sure when it happened, but when you put up scores like we were, up by a certain amount you can see guys start to break and you can kind of sense it", Mahon said. "We're just living in it".

Kevin Givens (No. 30) and Shareef Miller (No. 48) sack MI quarterback John O'Korn.

The linebacker group was steamrolled against MI a year ago and middle linebacker Jason Cabinda did not forget.

"He said he doesn't want to leave here without beating MI", defensive end Ryan Buchholz said.

The Nittany Lions' Moira Putsch finished with a hat trick by registering goals at the 5-, 10- and 53-minute marks. A month to check items off the list.

We like Penn State to roll against MI and remain undefeated. I think the Wolverine defense will keep them in it for a while, but Saquon Barkley and company will take over. Ohio State, and its motivation for revenge, is next on the collision course for Penn State. More of the same should ensure this team will receive its shot at a national championship. Its best wins of the year are over Iowa and Pittsburgh.

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