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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