Penn State snapped its skid at the Big House easily Saturday
Daryll Clark threw three of his four touchdown passes to Graham Zug, helping the 13th-ranked Nittany Lions rout Michigan 35-10 Saturday for their first win in Ann Arbor since 1996.
“It’s nice to finally win here,” linebacker Sean Lee said.
It did not look good for the Nittany Lions (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) as Michigan (5-3, 1-3) went on a 70-yard TD drive to open the game. With the score, Michigan became the first team to score a TD against the Nittany Lions in the first half this season.
But then Daryll Clark connected with Zug on Penn State’s first possession to tie it and the Nittany Lions never looked back. Clark threw two more TD passes to Zug in the third quarter, giving Penn State a 32-10 lead that it had until taking 10-plus minutes off the clock and kicking a field goal in the fourth.
After the opening drive, Penn State shut down the Michigan offense. The Wolverines had their lowest scoring total of the year, a season-low 250 yards and turned the ball over four times.
“It’s disappointing,” Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said. “It starts us with as coaches.”
Tate Forcier was 13 of 30 for 140 yards and an interception. Denard Robinson was 0 for 2 with an interception and fumbled.
Penn State stars included Clark was 16 of 27 for 230 yards and tied his record for TD passes; Zug, a former walk-on, caught five passes for 59 yards and surpassed the total of TD receptions he had previously this season and all of last year and Evan Royster who ran for 100 yards, and Penn State is 10-0 when he reaches that mark.
After the blowout, the Nittany Lions went to a corner of Michigan Stadium to celebrate with hundreds of their fans. Penn State’s last win in Ann Arbor was 13 years ago, then it lost nine straight in the series before beating Michigan 46-17 last season at home.
“I’ve had some good memories here,” Paterno insisted.
The Nittany Lions kept their hopes alive to end the season in a marquee bowl, but knew their loss to Iowa put them in a position to root for teams such as Michigan State later on Saturday night to knock off the undefeated Hawkeyes, who scored a touchdown on the game’s final play to win 15-13.