3:30 PM ET, October 24, 2009
Michigan Stadium, ANN ARBOR, MI
Clark-to-Zug connection carries Penn St. to first win at Michigan since '96
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Penn State snapped its skid at the Big House.
On A Roll
Penn State defeated Michigan for the second straight season, its first win streak vs. the Wolverines since a three game streak from 1994-96.
"It's nice to finally win here," linebacker Sean Lee said.
The Nittany Lions (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) looked helpless on the opening drive as the Wolverines (5-3, 1-3) went on a 70-yard TD drive.
Joe Paterno wasn't worried.
"We felt we were all right," Penn State's coach said after extending his record with a 390th victory.
Everyone else found out soon the Nittany Lions were going to be just fine.
Clark connected with Zug on Penn State's first possession to tie it.
He threw two more TD passes to Zug in the third quarter, giving Penn State a 32-10 lead that it had until taking 10-plus minutes off the clock and kicking a field goal in the fourth.
Clark said Michigan looked confused.
"A couple plays, they had trouble lining up," he said.
Michigan didn't fare much better on offense. The Wolverines had their lowest scoring total of the year, a season-low 250 yards and turned the ball over four times.
"It's disappointing," Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said. "It starts us with as coaches."
Not So Great
Michigan freshman quarterback Tate Forcier has gone from the Big House to the outhouse in a matter of weeks, completing 48 percent of his passes and leading the Wolverines to a 1-3 record in their last four games.
|First 4 Games||Last 4 Games|
|Rush Yds per Att||11.1||6.1|
Clark was 16 of 27 for 230 yards and tied his record for TD passes.
Zug, a former walk-on, caught five passes for 59 yards and surpassed the total of TD receptions he had previously this season and all of last year.
"He isn't one you put a clock on and he lights it up, but he knows how to read routes," Paterno said.
Evan Royster ran for 100 yards, and Penn State is 10-0 when he reaches that mark.
Forcier threw a lot of poor passes and when he was on target, his teammates often dropped the ball.
"I think we beat ourselves, and a lot of that is on me," Forcier said.
• Penn State's win ended a five-game losing streak for the Nittany Lions in Ann Arbor.
• After a 4-0 start, Michigan has lost three of its last four games.
• Darryl Clark threw for a season-high four touchdowns for Penn State.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
After the blowout, the Nittany Lions went to a corner of Michigan Stadium to celebrate with hundreds of their fans.
Penn State's last win in Ann Arbor was 13 years ago, then it lost nine straight in the series before beating Michigan 46-17 last season at home.
"I've had some good memories here," Paterno insisted.
What started off as an interesting game turned into a lopsided matchup.
The Wolverines became the first team to score a TD against the Nittany Lions in the first half this season.
Then, Penn State moved the ball at will the first time it had the ball -- and on many drives after that.
Michigan couldn't keep up offensively and its defense left too many receivers open for Clark to find through the air and failed to stop Royster on the ground.
"Their main coverage this year is man and they didn't do much to disguise coverage," he said.
Penn State went ahead 10-7 on its second drive, got a safety when a shotgun snap sailed past Forcier and through the end zone in the second quarter and took a 12-point lead on Clark's 60-yard pass to tight end Andrew Quarless two plays later.
Michigan was shut out in the second half, leaving college football's winningest program still one win away from being eligible for a bowl after losing a third straight Big Ten game.
"People aren't going to remember this," defensive end Brandon Graham said. "They are going to remember how we finish."
Michigan lost a school-record nine games last season and didn't earn a bowl bid for the first time in three-plus decades.
The Nittany Lions kept their hopes alive to end the season in a marquee bowl, but know their loss to Iowa puts them in a position to root for teams such as Michigan State later on Saturday night to knock off the undefeated Hawkeyes.
"I'll be sure to check the ticker," Clark said.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Penn State threw a dagger into Michigan's heart with two touchdowns in five minutes to go up 32-10 in the third.
Gameball goes to... Daryll Clark and Graham Zug. Three of Penn State's four touchdowns were off Clark-to-Zug passes.
Stat of the game... 4. Michigan's turnovers; two interceptions and two lost fumbles. Penn State's turnovers? Zero.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||3-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-2|
|TD||11:11||Brandon Minor 1 Yd Run (Jason Olesnavage Kick)||0||7|
|TD||09:17||Graham Zug 10 Yd Pass From Daryll Clark (Collin Wagner Kick)||7||7|
|FG||03:58||Collin Wagner 34 Yd||10||7|
|SF||04:39||Ball Through End Zone||12||7|
|TD||04:26||Andrew Quarless 60 Yd Pass From Daryll Clark (Collin Wagner Kick)||19||7|
|FG||00:09||Jason Olesnavage 23 Yd||19||10|
|TD||12:48||Graham Zug 11 Yd Pass From Daryll Clark (Two-Point Conversion Failed)||25||10|
|TD||07:55||Graham Zug 17 Yd Pass From Daryll Clark (Collin Wagner Kick)||32||10|
|FG||05:25||Collin Wagner 29 Yd||35||10|