Halftime: Michigan 7, Penn State 6

By Joel Neuschwander on November 13, 2021 at 1:46 pm
Nov 13, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium.
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Penn State put together a couple of promising drives, but couldn't find the end zone in the first half against Michigan.

Catch up on everything you missed as the Nittany Lions trail 7-6 at the break.

  • Another week, another head-scratching James Franklin decision. After last Saturday's debacle at the end of the first half (running out the clock with three timeouts, but using a timeout before the last kneel down), Penn State opted to fake a field goal after successfully faking a punt a drive earlier. It ended poorly, and it's fair to wonder why the Nittany Lions didn't just simply go for it instead of amping up the trickery.
  • The fake punt was executed to perfection, with Jordan Stout dropping a surprising dime to Curtis Jacobs. Still, the Lions were eventually held to a field goal.
  • As the scoreboard reveals, both offenses have had trouble doing much of anything. After their first two drives, the Nittany Lions have looked pretty lifeless on that side of the ball.
  • With Blake Corum not making the trip, Hassan Haskins and the rest of the Michigan rushing attack have been pretty much held in check.
  • Sean Clifford continues to be Penn State's best threat in the run game, escaping the pocket and picking up first downs.
  • Not an ideal showing for the Nittany Lion offensive line, surrendering five sacks in the half.