Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

No. 5 Michigan routs Penn State for eighth straight win

No. 5 Michigan routs Penn State for eighth straight win

The Wolverines also have some revenge from last season's drubbing by the Nittany Lions, a game where Penn State dominated from the opening kickoff and rolled up 42 points, the most MI gave up all season to any team.

"He was doing so well", Harbaugh said.

It was a win that proved that MI is the class of the Big Ten while further clearing a path toward the College Football Playoff.

Penn State finished with 118 yards passing. It's going to take a major effort from McSorely in this one to keep the Nittany Lions close.

Michigan's pass defense played above its No. 1 national ranking in stifling a very good (albeit wounded) McSorley. "It's more than just beating certain teams". This week they play IL in what could be a close game as IL is fighting for a bowl game this season. This week they play Rutgers in what should be their biggest win of the year.

MI got what it wanted.

With 9:49 remaining and MI up 35-0, Penn State's Trace McSorley stood 5-of-12 passing for 83 yards and backup Tommy Stevens had thrown one pass - a pick-six by U-M fifth-year senior Brandon Watson. That is the challenge for the Wolverines' defense.

"Defensively, they kicked our butts", coach James Franklin said. The offense is improved around Shea Patterson and the offensive line. The Wolverines out-gained the Nittany Lions 403-184 while holding a 37:41-20:48 edge in the time of possession. MI ranks first nationally in total defense, allowing just 216.2 yards per game, 48.5 yards less than second-place Miami.

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Michigan's 2018 defense - led by senior defensive end Chase Winovich - is playing with an edge.

The Michigan revenge tour continued in emphatic fashion once again. "It's just, I think, that's a fact at this point". "I'm a little sad about that".

A loss to Notre Dame and Northwestern moves up? It really depends on the strengths and weaknesses of who we are playing in terms of which way we want to go. This week they travel to Happy Valley to take on a beaten up Penn State team as that game could go either way and with Penn State out of the Big Ten title picture, they could play to spoil Wisconsin's chance. If UM gets through those games unscathed, and Ohio State, which edged Nebraska 36-31 on Saturday, takes care of Michigan State and Maryland on the road, it will create a Big Ten East title game at Ohio Stadium on November 24.

There's a feeling the Wolverines can pass that test, too.

Maryland had a lot of news last week with former head coach DJ Durkin coming back, then the next day getting fired and they didn't look ready against Michigan State and now fall out of the conference race.

You can't say he hasn't put a lot of thought into it.

Senior running back Karan Higdon almost had 100 yards at the break (99), aided by a 50-yard run to set up Michigan's first touchdown.

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