Michigan football notched its biggest win of the season at Penn State on Saturday. Here are our grades and game balls.
Even without head coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan football embodied the spirit of their head coach and used the ultimate man-ball strategy to beat Penn State.
People have mocked the Wolverines for having 32 consecutive running plays to end the game, but Michigan football did what it needed to do to win the game.
This was a playoff game. It wasn’t about style points and still, the Wolverines won by two scores and nearly won by more if that interception called stood.
It was clear that Penn State wasn’t going to win without some turnovers or some mistakes on the Michigan side of things. So Sherrone Moore trusted the game to Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards, and the offensive line/tight ends.
Penn State had the top-ranked run defense in college football, allowing just 60 yards per game and just two yards per rushing attempt. But Michigan football battered down the wall and rushed for 227 yards. Blake Corum had 145 and two touchdowns.
It was impressive and here are the game balls as well as the grades from Michigan football’s win over Penn State.
Game balls: Blake Corum, Donovan Edwards, and Rayshaun Benny
Corum looked like a Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday. It took him some time but he’s back back. That was as good a game as he’s had in his Michigan football career and it came at the perfect time.
Donovan Edwards delivered his best performance of the season. His touchdown run on third-and-11 was clutch and was him just making a play. He also broke off another long run and hopefully, this will spark “Big-Game Don” to a huge finish.
Defensively, Kenneth Grant’s play was amazing. Yet, the one that really changed the momentum in my opinion was the forced fumble by Rayshaun Benny. Penn State was at midfield, Drew Allar had crossed the first down line and Benny knocked the ball out.
The Wolverines drove down and kicked the field goal while milking the clock and Penn State didn’t really threaten again until down 15.