Jim Harbaugh says Michigan has shown great character and fought hard in the defeat of 28:21 against Penn State on October 19, 2019 in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania. – Sports journalist Orion Sang rates US football in 16th place on a scale of 1 to 10 after defeating 28 to 21 against Penn State # 7:
It was like the defense a story of two halves. The Wolverines scored in the first half. Then they came to life. Michigan's offense suggested what was expected most. The recipients had the opportunity to play in space. The running game gained in value. And quarterback Shea Patterson played his best game of the season, supported by an offensive line that gave him time. The Wolverines' performance in the second half of the year is a blueprint for continued success as the offense reached the red zone on six rounds of 248 yards and three consecutive possessions to end the game. But the struggles of the first half can not be ignored.
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Penn State recipient KJ Hamler is assaulted by Brad Hawkins, the defender of Michigan, at Beaver Stadium in the first quarter, Saturday, October 19, 2019. (Photo: Rich Barnes, USA TODAY Sports)  Michigan's defense allowed 282 yards on 12 rides, without the final possession where Penn State knelt the game. Of those 12 drives, eight ended with punts – including penultimate possession – when Michigan's defense forced the Nittany Lions backwards into a three-way fight that brought U-M's offensive position for a possible bond drive. But it was the other four drives where the Wolverines lost the game. Michigan gave up too many explosive games and too often found itself in unfavorable matchups against fast receiver KJ Hamler, who scored six passes for 108 yards and two points. The Wolverines fought back and eliminated Penn State in the second half. But as with the offensive, the mistakes were too much to be overcome.
Special teams: 4
The first half of the unit The performance was marked by two mistakes and a difficult situation. Punter Will Hart could not keep a punt from Penn State's 47 out of the end zone, which meant Michigan scored a close 27-yard position on the field. Later, the offensive started with a fake kickback at the age of 14. And just before half-time, Jake Moody was asked to try a 59-yard field goal – a tough distance for NFL kicker. His attempt came pretty short. What Michigan seemed to cost most was the exchange of field positions. Again and again, the punt unit of Penn State – led by star punter Blake Gillikin – put Michigan in the depths. The Wolverines were also fortunate enough to avoid major damage in kickoff reporting. Hamler had a 100-yard touchdown return brought back by Hold, though a side-jam penalty on Michigan spotted the ball at Penn State's 45.
Again, a difficult game because the two halves to evaluate were completely different. At the beginning, Michigan looked completely unprepared. There is no other way to explain the mistakes in all three phases. It looked like the Wolverines were being destroyed. But they were not. Michigan's employees deserve credit for the adjustments made in the second half. Apart from a missed defense visit that led to Hamler's second touchdown, the coaches allowed the Wolverines to succeed. And they almost came back for that. There are some positive reasons for the future loss. Of course it was still a loss and Michigan now has two conference losses. If they had played like they did in the second half of the game, the Wolverines would probably have won.
Fans: It's your turn to judge Michigan's performance against Penn State.
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Michigan QB Shea Patterson and LB Khaleke Hudson answer questions about the defeat against Penn State on October 19, 2019 at University Park. Pa.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press