Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Michigan WR Ronnie Bell suffers crushing game-tying TD drop

Michigan WR Ronnie Bell suffers crushing game-tying TD drop

On Saturday in Happy Valley, however, MI pulled magic out of its hat, clamping down on defense and turning in its best offensive outing of the season before watching a game-tying touchdown drive fall three yards short in a 28-21 loss to No. 7 Penn State.

Michigan's offense finally answered with an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown series that ended with a 12-yard TD run by freshman running back Zach Charbonnet, trimming PSU's edge to 21-7.

MI forced a three and out on Penn State and would get a final chance to score before halftime to cut the lead.

Penn State will head to East Lansing next week to take on Michigan State (4-3). Hamler had six catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns, but his four-yard run in the final minutes to keep the clock rolling after MI had burned two timeouts may have been the clutch play of the day for the speedy receiver.

Penn State stung together a five-play, 66-yard scoring series on its next possession, concluding with a 17-yard touchdown pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford to sophomore tight end Pat Freiermuth at the 5:59 mark of the first quarter, putting the Nittany Lions up 7-0.

The Wolverines (5-2, 3-2 Big Ten) had the opportunity to tie the game with 2:01 remaining, but a Shea Patterson pass on fourth-and-goal to Ronnie Bell in the end zone fell incomplete.

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Still in need a first down, Penn State put the ball in the hands of Hamler to pick up a hard-fought first down.

The Wolverine defense then forced a Penn State punt, before senior quarterback Shea Patterson tossed an interception to junior cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields at midfield on Michigan's ensuing series. James Franklin's squad took its 21-7 lead in to the locker room.

It marked a long crawl back from a first half that looked like it was going the way of their 2017 trip to Penn State. The running back had five carries on the drive, including a 14-yard rush and a 12-yard rush for a touchdown with 1:05 remaining in the third quarter.

Recent history has seen Penn State fail to finish off a game despite carrying a double-digit lead int he fourth quarter, but Saturday night was a different story for the Nittany Lions. The Nittany Lions led 28-21 with 8:48 remaining.

The loss is Michigan's 10th against AP Top-10 ranked teams in the Jim Harbaugh era, with just one victory, and drops it to 1-7 on the road against Top-25 ranked teams.

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