The defense won the day
There are a couple of reasons why Sherrone Moore decided to stick to the running game in the second half. The staff probably were worried about sacks and a turnover and with the way the defense was playing, that was really Penn State’s only chance.
I won’t say I wasn’t surprised by the 164 yards that Penn State picked up on the ground. They were able to break off some explosive runs and the Wolverines struggled to contain Allar, which is nothing new for Michigan football fans — seeing a QB run well against the Wolverines.
Allar was 10-of-22 for 70 yards. He did toss a touchdown late, just like against Ohio State, but it was clear Michigan football trusted the defense to win the game and used the running game as a battering ram to milk the clock.
The turnover forced by Rayshaun Benny was a game-changing play. Penn State was down 14-9 at the time and near midfield. The Wolverines converted it into three points.
That put Penn State down eight. Then, Michigan didn’t allow them across midfield until the final drive and the fourth-down stop midway through the fourth quarter led to Blake Corum’s dagger touchdown.