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No. 3 Wolverines without Harbaugh defeat No. 10 Nittany Lions

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 3 Michigan Wolverines had some drama that they could have let get to them. But the players went on social media and said “Bet” to the world.

The Wolverines defeated the No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions, 24-15, on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium In University Park, Pennsylvania.

Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum runs with the ball for a touchdown during the second half of a college football game against the Penn State Nittany Lions
Blake Corum runs with the ball for a touchdown during the second half of a college football game against the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images)

With the win, the Wolverines are a perfect 10-0 on the season. This was their biggest test on the season thus far.

This was their fourth win this season without head coach Jim Harbaugh. Currently, he is suspended.

On Friday, less than 24 hours before their big game with the Nittany Lions and as the Wolverines were in the air to Pennsylvania, the Big Ten Conference first-year Commissioner Tony Petitti suspended Harbaugh for three games. The Wolverines tried to get the suspension stopped with a temporary restraining order (TRO) in the Michigan’s court system.

However, the judge refused to make a decision on the matter before the game. A potential ruling could come on Friday when the judge will hear the matter.

Harbaugh missed the first three games of the season due to another suspension. The Wolverines went 3-0 as Harbaugh was sidelined due to recruiting violations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Nittany Lions fell to 8-2 on the season. They were also defeated by the top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in October.

Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy went 7 of 8 for 60 yards. He had his worst passing performance of the season.

McCarthy was a Heisman candidate before the game. Now, he may have fallen out of the running for the prestigious award.

His previous worst passing performance of the season was in September. He had 143 passing yards in a win over the Bowling Green Falcons in Week 3 on September 16th.

Blake Corum had 26 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Cornelius Johnson had two receptions for 24 yards.

The 145 yards by Corum was the most he had in a game this season. He previously had a season-high 101 yards against Bowling Green.

Nittany Lions quarterback Drew Allar went 10 of 22 for 70 yards. He had one touchdown pass.

Kayton Allen had 12 carries for 72 yards. Tyler Warren had two receptions for 25 yards.

Michigan outscored Penn State 10-6 in the second half. Corum scored on a 30 yard rushing touchdown.
James Turner also made a 22 yard field goal.

Penn State’s Allar hit Theo Johnson for an eight yard touchdown reception. The two point conversion was no good.

The Wolverines led 14-9 at halftime. Corum scored on a three yard rushing touchdown. Donovan Edwards also scored on a 22 yard rushing touchdown.

Nittany Lions’ Allar scored on an 11-yard rushing touchdown. The two-point conversion failed.

Alex Felkins made a 20 yard field goal.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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