Penn State Vs. Michigan: Players of the Game

Penn State’s victory over Michigan on Saturday night will go down as one of the best games in Penn State History. The Nittany Lions battled back from a fourth-quarter deficit and overcame missed field goals and mistakes to pull out a thrilling 43-40 victory in four overtimes.

The Nittany Lions started off on fire in this one, taking a 21-10 lead into halftime. However, the Wolverines dominated the second half and had a seven-point lead with under a minute remaining. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg led a drive with 50 seconds left and no time outs to tie the game and send it into overtime.

After going back and forth, the Nittany Lions scored a touchdown in the fourth overtime to pull off the upset.

Below are my Penn State players of the game for the battle against Michigan.

 

Offense: Brandon Felder, 6 receptions, 97 yards, 2 touchdowns

After not playing last week due to an injury, wide receiver Brandon Felder had a huge game against the Wolverines. He had not scored a touchdown all season, but caught two in this one.

On a day where Allen Robinson was shut down by Michigan’s stud defensive back Blake Countess, someone else had to step up and provide a target for Hackenberg. Though Robinson did wind up catching five passes for 84 yards, he failed to find the end zone.

Felder had a great day against the Wolverines and had a huge catch on the drive at the end of regulation. He went up to grab a Hackenberg pass that resulted in a 29-yard gain that helped to set up the game-tying score. If Felder can emerge as another weapon for Hackenberg the Penn State offense will be even more dangerous.

Honorable Mention: Bill Belton, Jesse James

 

Defense: C.J. Olaniyan, 8 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 pass break-ups, forced fumble

Defensive lineman C.J. Olaniyan had a huge day against the Wolverines. He seemed to be all over the field and played a big part in disrupting the Michigan Offense. He finished the game with eight total tackles and two-and-a-half sacks. He also broke up two passes and forced a fumble.

The Penn State defense did not play well last week against Indiana and got lit up by the Hoosiers. However, the defense came out ready to play and did a good job of slowing down the high-powered Michigan offense. Though they gave up 389 total yards, the Nittany Lions came up with timely turnovers and big plays when needed.

Honorable Mention: Mike Hull, DaQuan Jones

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Topics: Brandon Felder, C.j. Olaniyan, Football, Michigan Wolverines, Penn State Nittany Lions

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  • Max Tower

    Any word on why Akeel Lynch didn’t play?

    Need a recruiting update soon. PSU had a ton of people there to take this game in.