Coming into today's game with Michigan, Penn State had lost their last nine games against the Wolverines. Included in those losses, was a heart breaker in 2006 that probably cost Penn State a shot at the national title. But with Michigan going through one of the worst years in memory, Penn State was licking their chops in anticipation of breaking the streak.
Michigan looked to erase the memory of the loss to Toledo last week as they screamed out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Penn State would score two touchdowns in the first half, but found themselves trailing Michigan 17-14 at the half.
Joe Paterno, forced to watch the game from the press box for the third game in a row, met the team in the locker room at half time. He had a simple pep talk for his team saying, "These guys lost to Toledo last week."** That proved to be all the motivation his team would need as they steamrolled Michigan in the second half for 32 points as the Nittany Lions went on to win 46-17.
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This was the most points scored on Michigan by Penn State. Sadly, Joe Paterno couldn't enjoy the victory with his team on the field. Like Alabama, Penn State will be watching the Texas-Missouri game tonight to try to get a better idea of where they will be when the BCS standings come out Monday. With the late surge, Penn State might be looking to move into the top spot if Texas should lose.
**Not actually true, but we can't disprove these words either