MI player flips off Penn State whiteout

MI player flips off Penn State whiteout

He took a direct snap and immediately cut into all the space he needed, outrunning the Wolverines for a huge 69-yard score. Brown kept Michigan's defense locked in on stopping Barkley on the ground, and outside of the 69-yard run, they did a respectable job doing so. He got key blocks from left tackle Ryan Bates and left guard Steven Gonzalez.On the Lions' next possession, McSorley ran for 23 yards and then threw a 50-50 ball that 6-6 tight end Mike Gesicki pulled down for a 35-yard gain to the Wolverines' 15.On the next snap, Barkley took an option pitch from McSorley and scooted into the end zone to make it 14-0 less than five minutes into the game.MI steadied itself after the initial shock when David Long intercepted McSorley's pass intended for Gesicki inside the 20.The Wolverines turned around and drove 59 yards for their first score, a 1-yard run by Karan Higdon. Barkley, however, can make an even bigger statement on the road at No. 6 Ohio State next week. Fortunately for McSorley, he avoided a disaster of a play in his end zone.

Michigan's second touchdown drive began after the visitors stopped Penn State on fourth down and took over at their 33. It engineered a stunning in-season turnaround following that loss, winning nine straight games and the Big Ten title before falling in the Rose Bowl. MI had not allowed more than 278 yards of offense all season, and Penn State had 300 yards at halftime and 506 yards at the end of the game.

Saquon Barkley made a Heisman Trophy statement, and the Nittany Lions roar into a showdown at No. 6 Ohio State next Saturday. After a three-touchdown night with 108 rushing yards and 53 receiving yards against a defense that had held four opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards this season, Barkley answered his first real Heisman test to get a pivotal make-or-break stretch off on the rght foot.

In the midst of the first leg of the most hard three-game stretch of their season, they used Barkley alternatively as both a weapon and a decoy.

The Penn State tailback laid waste to Michigan's top-ranked defense on Saturday night, moving the Nittany Lions to 7-0 with a trio of key scores.

Numerous new wrinkles Penn State showed on Saturday, Franklin said-including those direct snaps to Barkley-had been in the playbook since training camp. But as we learned from past year, the loser of next week's tilt may not be removed from the playoff picture right away with so many games left to play.

The loss is going to turn up the heat on Harbaugh now that the Wolverines appear to be out of the running in the Big Ten East race with five games to play in the regular season. Ohio State defeated MI by a similar 42-13 score in 2015.

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