The Wolverines came into a rowdy Beaver Stadium on Saturday night to square off with the No. 2 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. It was a pretty rough game from the start for Michigan, as Penn State jumped out to a 14 point lead just five minutes into the game. The Lions never really looked back after that. They pulled away in the second half and went on to win 42-13. Here are some takeaways from tonight’s game.
The defense is beatable
For the first time this season Michigan’s defense did not look like a top ten unit. Penn State moved the ball down the field effortlessly on almost every drive. Trace McSorley had all day in the pocket, and was able to find plenty of open receivers down the field. The Wolverines also failed to contain Heisman frontrunner Saquon Barkley. Barkley recorded 108 rushing yards and 53 reception yards for a total of three touchdowns. When Jim Harbaugh was asked about Penn State’s performance after the game he responded,“they were hitting on all cylinders, the quarterback was hot and the receivers were making plays down the field. “ The Nittany Lions finished the game with 506 total yards of offense. Michigan hasn’t given up this many points since the Ohio State game in 2015.
The offense still doesn’t seem to be improving
Another Saturday, and another poor performance from Michigan’s offense. John O’Korn had pressure in his face the entire night and had trouble finding open receivers down the field. He ended up getting sacked seven times and just seemed to be stifled by an impressive Penn State defense. When O’Korn was asked about his team moving forward he said,“I don’t expect anybody to quit or give up…We can be as good as we want to be.” The Wolverines finished the game with just 269 yards of offense. O’Korn failed to account for a touchdown yet again.
It might be time for Brandon Peters
As O’Korn continues to struggle, many Michigan fans are wondering when it’s time to give Brandon Peters a shot. The former four star recruit has appeared in just one game this season, completing one pass for four yards. At this point what do the Wolverines have to lose? They’re 5-2 overall and ultimately on the outside looking in. Perhaps next week Harbaugh will give Peters the opportunity he’s been waiting for against a three win Rutgers team. If not, I don’t see this offense improving much by the end of the season.
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