Nittany Lions over the Wolverines in 4 OTs – Instant Classic

Penn St and Michigan

 

 

Penn State freshman QB Christian Hackenberg had a statement game Saturday at Beaver Stadium and after battling with the No. 18 Michigan during regulation and 4 OTs, he might have given head coach Bill O’Brien the biggest win since arriving at State College, PA two years ago.

The 18-year-old freshman (who passed for 305 yards) threw three touchdown passes in the first half to stake Penn State to a 21-10 lead.  After throwing two interceptions and losing a fumble in the first half,  Michigan QB Devin Gardner put the Wolverines ahead with touchdown passes in the third and fourth quarters.

After a pass interference call on third down that kept the drive alive, Gardner connected with Jeremy Gallon for a 16-yard TD pass for a 27-24 lead with 28 seconds left in the third.  Mid-fourth quarter, Gardner ran five plays to hit Devin Funchess in the back of the end zone for a 37-yard TD and a 34-24 Michigan lead.

Penn State kicker Sam Ficken hit a 43-yarder with 6:35 left to make it 34-27 during regulation, keeping Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions alive for one thrilling finish.

 

Michigan #18  (5-1) 10 0 17 7 0 3 0 3 40
Penn State  (4-2) 7 14 3 10 0 3 0 6 43

 

Hackenberg completed passes of 29 yards to Brandon Felder and 33 yards to Allen Robinson to bring the ball to the 1 with 29 seconds left.  The freshman quarterback sneaked in for the first rushing TD against Michigan this season, tying the game at 34-all.

Michigan  (5-1, 1-1) was trying to grab the win on the foot of their kicker Brendan Gibbons, but Gibbons missed a 52-yarder with 2 seconds left in regulation.

Penn State RB Bill Belton scores the game-winning touchdown as PSU upsets No. 18 Michigan in 4 OT.

Penn State RB Bill Belton scores the game-winning touchdown as PSU upsets No. 18 Michigan in 4 OT.

 

Moving forward to the 4th overtime, PSU star receiver Allen Robinson came up big, without even catching the ball. He drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone that set up the winning run.  The game was left in running back Bill Benton’s hands and he delivered with a 2-yard run into the end zone and then the party was on in Beaver Stadium as the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten) stormed the field in wild celebration, sending more than 100,000 fans into a frenzy.

 

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