After an entertaining first half that included several mistake and lots of action, the Penn State Nittany Lions head to the locker room with a 21-10 lead.
The Nittany Lions got on the board first when freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg threaded the needle and threw a great pass that found Brandon Felder in the back of the end zone. The touchdown came after a huge interception by Jordan Lucas that energized the Beaver Stadium crowd.
Michigan answered that touchdown with a 59-yard pass from Devin Gardner to Devin Funchess. The Wolverines put three points on the board late in the first quarter when kicker Brendan Gibbons hit a season-long 47-yard field goal.
As the game moved to the second quarter, the momentum swung clearly to Penn State’s side. The Lions dominated the second quarter, forcing two turnovers and scoring two touchdowns. Anthony Zettel intercepted a Devin Gardner pass to set up a 20-yard touchdown pass from Hackenberg to tight end Jesse James.
The second turnover came when C.J. Olaniyan sacked Gardner and caused a fumble that was recovered by DaQuan Jones. Unfortunately, the Nittany Lions were unable to turn that Michigan mistake into any points.
The Penn State defense was torched last week at Indiana for 44 points, but have come out inspired in this one. Through one half, Penn State has held Michigan to 144 total yards and just 10 points. The unit has created three turnovers and two sacks in just one half of play.
Hackenberg threw for 111 yards and three touchdowns in the half. He did have one interception deep in Michigan territory in the first quarter. Zach Zwinak leads the team with 25 yards rushing, while Brandon Felder leads the receivers with 46 yards and two touchdowns.
Based on the first thirty minutes of football, this game is shaping up to be an excellent Big Ten battle.
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