NCAA Football Recap Week 4, Michigan defeats Penn State, 49-10, Saturday, September 24, 2016

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penn-state-nittany-lionsPENN STATE NITTANY LIONS Michigan WolverinesMICHIGAN WOLVERINES
2-2 September 24, 3:30 PM | Turf of Michigan Stadium 4-0

When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, September 24, 2016
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Penn State at Michigan, BOXSCORE
Final 1 2 3 4 T
penn-state-nittany-lionsPSU 0 0 3 7 10
Michigan WolverinesMICH 14 14 7 14 49
Rotation /Team /Time Opening Lines
09/24 3:30 PM
323penn-state-nittany-lionsPenn State
324 Michigan WolverinesMichigan
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL – Saturday, September 24th, Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan Wolverines.

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
penn-state-nittany-lionsPenn State +18.5 -105  +675 59 -110
Michigan WolverinesMichigan -18.5 -115  -980 59 -110
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De’Veon Smith scampered through the Penn State defense for 107 yards as Michigan handed the Nittany Lions a 49-10 defeat on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the -18.0-point spread as favorites. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go OVER the closing number of 56.0.

De’Veon Smith rushed for 107 yards, while Karan Higdon added 81 yards in the win. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt added 44 and 42 receiving yards respectively.

Saquon Barkley rushed for 59 yards for Penn State, while Miles Sanders added 22 yards. Trace McSorley threw for 121 yards for the Nittany Lions, while receivers Saquon Barkley and Mike Gesicki had 77 and 23 yards respectively.

Michigan outgained Penn State 515-199 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 25-12 by the Wolverines.

Penn State lost the time of possession battle 35:49-24:11, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Michigan heads into a Week 5 battle against Wisconsin. Penn State, meanwhile, will have their next action against Minnesota.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With one-third of the regular season finished, No. 4 Michigan has done exactly what many expected it do: Defeat inferior opponents.

The latest victim was Penn State, which was sent back to Happy Valley feeling sad after Michigan dominated in just about every phase of the game to earn a 49-10 over the Nittany Lions in the Big 10 opener for both teams at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

Next up for Michigan (4-0) is a showdown with unbeaten Wisconsin next Saturday at Michigan Stadium in what assuredly will be a matchup of top-10 teams and provide Michigan with a measuring stick it hasn’t gotten this season.

Michigan rushed for a season-high 326 yards and amassing 515 yards of total offense.

Senior De’Veon Smith ran for 112 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and four other Michigan running backs ran for touchdowns.

“I was really impressed with the running backs,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “All of them contributed big plays. I thought our line blocked well and it was a job well done by the running game.”

Michigan controlled the game just as much when Penn State had the ball as the defense for the Wolverines sacked Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley six times, held Penn State sophomore star running back Saquon Barkley to 59 rushing yards on 15 attempts and held Penn State to 191 yards of total offense.

“Our guys were running and I thought they were being aggressive,” Harbaugh said. “Saquon Barkley is a good football player. He showed that a couple of times, but I thought for the most part, our guys were there and swarming.”

Michigan jumped out to a 21-0 lead before the game was 16 minutes old.

Senior fullback Khalid Hill had a 1-yard touchdown run with 9:51 left in the first quarter, Smith added a 2-yard score later in the period and quarterback Wilton Speight found freshman tight end Devin Asiasi for a 2-yard touchdown with 14:09 left in the first half.

With 46 seconds left until halftime, Michigan went ahead 28-0 on a 2-yard touchdown run by sophomore Karan Higdon.

Following a 21-yard field goal by Penn State kicker Tyler Davis, Michigan took a 35-3 lead with 2:42 remaining in the third quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by freshman Chris Evans.

Penn State scored its first touchdown with 11:22 remaining on an 8-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Trace McSorley to junior wideout Chris Godwin to cut Michigan’s lead to 35-10.

The Wolverines’ offense responded, making it 42-10 with 6:11 remaining on a 40-yard touchdown run by Higdon.

Speight went 21 of 33 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown, Higdon finished with 81 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and senior Ty Isaac rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown for Michigan.

“There’s a difference between playing ranked teams and top-five teams,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “The difference between the 16th or the 20th-ranked team and the 25th-ranked team is not significant. But those top-five teams are top-five teams for a reason. They played like it today. That’s what we’re trying to do, build this program in a way where we can be dominant in all three phases.”

The biggest problem for Penn State going forward is that it has turned from its traditional “Linebacker U” to “Linebacker MASH Unit.”

Penn State already was missing three linebackers to injury, those being junior Jason Cabinda, senior Nyeem Wartman-White and senior Brandon Bell.

During the game against Michigan, senior linebacker Brandon Smith was ejected for targeting early in the second quarter and freshman reserve linebacker Jan Johnson suffered a season-ending injury.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever been through something like this or seen something like this,” Franklin said of his depleted linebacker depth chart.

Despite being held in check by Michigan running the ball, Barkley was still a bright spot for Penn State, catching five passes for 77 yards out of the backfield.

McSorley ended up 16 of 27 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown.

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