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    The Michigan Swoon in full gear, Lions win

    Updated: October 31st, 2010
  • State College, PA-Michigan’s lack of defense was front and center Saturday night as the Penn State offense who has struggled all year, put up 41 points. The good news for Michigan was the successful return of QB Deonard Robinson who rushed for 191 yards. The bad news is that they gave up 250 yards passing to a backup quarterback.

    When Michigan had the ball:
    After a slow start, Michigan was successful running the spread read option with Deonard Robinson who rushed for 191 yards, on 27 carries. The offense really heated up in the second half as Michigan closed the deficit from 21 points to 7, and trailed 38-31 with 9 minutes remaining. But that was the closest Michigan would get because the Michigan defense once again let the team down. It should be noted that Robison did struggle in the passing game as he was only 11 for 23, for 190 yards.

    When Penn State had the ball:
    The much maligned Penn State offensive line who got something going against Minnesota last week continued to improve against the Wolverines by dominating the line of scrimmage. The Lions opened this one up early and led 28-10 at half. Evan Royster ran with his head up and looked more explosive than in any game this year on the night where he became Penn State’s all time leading rusher. Backup QB Mathew McGloin looked nothing like a former walk-on by completing 17 of 28 for 250 yards and 1 td. Not to take anything away from McGloin, but it was really the dominance on the offensive line and running efforts of Royster that made McGloin’s job an easy one. It should be mentioned that Mike Martin, the Wolverine’s best interior lineman, missed most of the game with an ankle injury.

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