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Both offenses come out hot at Big House

10/24/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Is this the Big Ten or the Big 12?

The league is known for defense and grind-it-out games, but Michigan and Penn State evidently didn't get the memo.

Both teams' offenses came out on fire and marched down field for touchdowns on their first possessions. Penn State's heralded defense had no answer for the Wolverines' speed and power on the game's opening drive. Carlos Brown's quickness and Brandon Minor's brute strength seemed too much for the Lions, who haven't seen an offense like this one. Michigan lost starting center David Molk, who had just returned from a broken foot, to an injury. Molk could be a big loss. Tate Forcier didn't have to do much but hit Martavious Odoms for a nice gain.

The Lions hadn't allowed a first-half touchdown all season until today.

Penn State came right back behind Daryll Clark and Evan Royster, who sizzled on a four-play drive. Michigan's defense once again broke down for a big play, as Royster surged into the open field for 41 yards. Clark made two excellent throws, including a 10-yard strike to Graham Zug in the end zone to tie things at 7-7.

Get your calculators out. This could be a shootout.