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Michigan loses heart breaker in 4OT to Penn St. 43-40


STATE COLLEGE (WKZO)- The Michigan Wolverines had the many attempts to win against Penn St., but the Wolverines could not convert and the Nittany Lions made them pay in the fourth overtime as Bill Belton ran in for a two-yard touchdwon to give them the victory 43-40.  It is the Nittany Lions fourth straight win against the Wolverines.

Penn St. started the game out well as QB Christian Hackenberg found Brandon Felder on a 12-yard pass for a TD to put the Nittany Lions up 7-0 early.  Michigan came right back as QB Devin Gardner hit TE Devin Funchess on a 59-yard TD pass to knot the game up at 7-7.  Brendan Gibbons connected on 47-yard field goal in the first quarter to give the Wolverines a 10-7 lead.

Penn St. dominated the second quarter as Hackenberg hit Jesse James on a 20-yard pass and Felder on a 24-yard pass to give them a 21-10 halftime lead.

Michigan needed a big play in the second half to get them back in this game and Michigan DE Frank Clark returned a 24-yard fumble for a TD on the first play of the second half to cut the lead to 21-17.

Penn St. and Michigan traded field goals before the Wolverines had two touchdown passes from Gardner as he hit Jeremy Gallon on a 16-yard pass and Funchess on a 37-yard pass.  Michigan led at this point 34-24 in the fourth quarter.

Sam Fricken added another FG this time from 43-yards to cut the lead to 34-27.  Michigan had to give the ball back to Penn St. with about 50 seconds left and the Nittany Lions had to go 80 yards.  Hackenberg hit Felder and Allen Robinson on consecutive passes down to the one-yard line.  Hackenberg ran it in on the next play to tie the game at 34.

Michigan had a chance to win the game in the first OT after Fricken missed a field goal, but Michigan got conservative and ran the ball on three straight plays and Gibbons missed a field goal from 40-yards.  Both teams then traded field goals in the second OT.  

In the third OT, Penn St. fumbled the ball on the first play and Michigan recovered.  Michigan then was able to move the ball down to the 16-yard line, but Gibbons missed another field goal.  Gibbons made a field goal in the fourth OT to give Michigan a 40-37 lead.

Penn St. gambled on fourth and one on their possession and converted.  Michigan had a pass interference call against them then that put the ball from the two yard line and Penn St. then won it on the next play.

Garder had 121 yards rushing and was 15-28 passing with three touchdowns and two interceptions.  Gibbons broke J.D. Carlson's record for consecutive  PAT's made.  He now has made 127 in a row.

Michigan 5-1 (1-1) will play host to Indiana next Saturday at the Big House.  Broadcast time is set for 2:30 on 1660 the Fan.