• Live Blog: Penn State vs. Michigan

    First quarter:

    15:00: Penn State receives to start the game, and the kick results in a touchback.

    14:53: Bill Belton can’t find room to run on first down but Penn State gets a first down off a facemask penalty.

    11:46: Several plays later, Zach Zwinak is credited with a first down on 3rd-and-2 to move Penn State inside Michigan’s 17-yard line. The play is under review.

    After review, the play stands; first down Penn State.

    10:50: Bill Belton moves the chains again with a 10-yard reception but is then brought down behind the line a play later. The Nittany Lions face 2nd-and-goal at Michigan’s 11-yard line.

    10:12: A pass to Kyle Carter near the end zone sails incomplete. Penn State takes a timeout at the line of scrimmage before 3rd-and-goal from the 11-yard line.

    10:04: Hackenberg is sacked by Ben Gedeon at the 18-yard line, setting up a Sam Ficken field goal.

    9:28: Ficken’s 35-yard attempt is good. Penn State takes a 3-0 lead to start tonight’s game.

    Penn State’s scoring drive went 10 plays for 57 yards in 5:32.

    9:28: Sam Ficken’s kickoff goes into the end zone for a touchback.

    8:16: After a short rush and reception set up 3rd-and-3, Amara Darboh makes a spectacular, leaping catch beyond the first down marker for a 14-yard gain and a first down.

    7:08: De’Veon Smith gains three yards on the ground after an 8-yard reception for another first down.

    6:37: Devin Gardner’s deep pass is nearly intercepted, but Devin Funchess gets to the ball before safety Ryan Keiser by a split-second and takes it the rest of the way for a touchdown.

    Michigan’s extra point attempt is good; the Wolverines take a 7-3 lead.

    The Wolverines went 75 yards on six plays during that drive, which lasted 2:51.

    6:15: After taking a touchback, Penn State’s first play results in a nine-yard rush by Belton.

    4:07: Bill Belton is the highlight of Penn State’s second drive so far. He rushed four times to start the drive, and on 3rd-and-6 Hackenberg found him for an 11-yard catch-and-run, the Lions’ second first down of the drive.

    3:02: Hackenberg now finding wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who tallied consecutive 13-yard receptions for two more first downs.

    1:22: On 3rd-and-5, DaeSean Hamilton makes a reception but can’t get to the first down marker. 4th-and-2 upcoming for the Lions.

    0:52: Sam Ficken converts his 32-yard field goal attempt after the Nittany Lions use their second timeout. Michigan still leads, 7-6.

    Penn State’s drive went 11 plays for 60 yards in 5:45.

    0:01: Michigan faces a 3rd-13 after a rush for a loss and an incompletion started its drive from the 29-yard line.

    0:00: Gardner finds Darboh cutting to the right for a 21-yard completion. First down Michigan.

    That’s the end of the first quarter. The Wolverines lead 7-6 and will start the second quarter at their own 47-yard line when play resumes.


    Second quarter

    14:20: Michigan digs itself into a hole with a holding penalty and a run for no gain, setting up 2nd-and-20.

    13:58: Anthony Zettel leaps and picks off Gardner at Michigan’s own 33-yard line.

    13:50: Hackenberg wastes no time and enters the red zone on a 20-yard completion to DaeSean Hamilton.

    11:58: Michigan forces a third down, but Hackenberg  finds Hamilton cutting to the middle of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass.

    Sam Ficken’s PAT is good and the Nittany Lions take a 13-7 lead.

    The Lions’ drive, which started with great field position after Zettel’s INT, lasted four plays, spanning 28 yards in two minutes.

    11:52: Dennis Norfleet, who was hurt earlier in the game, took Ficken’s kickoff 24 yards to Michigan’s 24 to start the Wolverines’ next drive.

    10:24: Michigan reaches 3rd-and-3 and the elusive Gardner got just enough yardage for a first down.

    9:45: Darboh picks up an 11-yard reception for another Wolverines first down.

    7:55: After De’Veon Smith gets nowhere on a run, Michigan is flagged with a false start. Justice Hayes then runs up the middle for four yards, setting up 3rd-and-11.

    7:32: Gardner avoids pressure and lofts a pass to Darboh for a 20-yard catch and a first down.

    6:12: Gardner gets sacked for a loss of one before running for a yard. 3rd-and-10 now.

    5:13: Jake Butt gets eight yards on a Gardner pass, and Michigan lines up to go for it on fourth down before taking a timeout. The ball is on Penn State’s 28-yard line.

    5:08: The Wolverines exit the timeout with their field goal unit taking the field. Matt Wile hits his 45-yard try to cut Penn State’s lead to 13-10.

    Michigan took 6:50 off the clock on that drive, which spanned 11 plays and 48 yards.

    5:04: Grant Haley fields Michigan’s kickoff in the end zone and takes it 20 yards before getting tripped up.

    4:45: DaeSean Hamilton goes in motion and takes a sweep play just one yard.

    4:05: Akeel Lynch finds room up the middle and picks up eight yards, setting up 3rd-and-1.

    3:54: Hackenberg gets a first down on a keeper play, gaining two yards.

    3:05: Two plays later, the pocket collapses on Hackenberg on 2nd-and-10 and he is sacked for a loss of three yards.

    2:34: Hackenberg looks deep but sees his pass fall incomplete. Chris Gulla comes out the punt for the first time tonight.

    2:27: Gulla’s punt goes 36 yards as Michigan’s Norfleet makes a fair catch at his own 36-yard line.

    1:02: Michigan takes its second timeout on 3rd-and-8. Devin Gardner started the drive with a two-yard completion to Funchess and a rush for no gain.

    0:56: Devin Gardner can’t get the ball out before Deion Barnes drops him for a sack. Penn State uses its final timeout to stop the clock, and the Wolverines will punt from their own 32-yard line.

    0:46: Michigan’s punt is downed at Penn State’s 30-yard line.

    0:42: Geno Lewis gets his first reception of the night near the sideline for an 8-yard gain.

    0:37: Hackenberg’s throw to Chris Godwin is too low and the Lions are looking at a 3rd-and-2.

    0:30: Hackenberg finds Lewis again, but he is marked just short of the first down marker.

    0:03: Michigan calls timeout just before halftime.

    0:00: Penn State uses the stopped clock to run one more play, and Hackenberg is sacked to end the half.

    That’s halftime in Ann Arbor. Penn State leads Michigan 13-10.


    Some halftime stats:

    Penn State has 149 total yards (94 passing, 55 rushing) while Michigan has 142 (138 passing, 4 rushing).

    The Nittany Lions are also a perfect 3-for-3 inside the red zone, with two Sam Ficken field goals and a reception by DaeSean Hamilton.

    Christian Hackenberg and Devin Gardner have both been efficient for the most part. Hackenberg is 11-of-15 for 94 yards and a touchdown, while Gardner has gone 11-for-13 through the air for 138 yards for a touchdown and an interception.

    Bill Belton has a game-high 55 rushing yards on eight carries. Michigan hasn’t done much on the ground, as Justice Hayes’ single carry for four yards leads the team.

    DaeSean Hamilton leads the Lions with six catches for 61 yards, while the Wolverines are led by Amara Darboh’s four catches for 66 yards.


    Third quarter

    15:00: Michigan receives to begin the second half and takes a touchback.

    14:56: Gardner can’t connect with Funchess and throws incomplete.

    14:48: Gardner pulls the ball down and runs, gaining two yards.

    14:17: Mike Hull comes around the blind side and jumps on Gardner’s back, bringing him down behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan faces 4th-and-5.

    13:49: Jesse Della Valle calls for a fair catch on the punt, and Penn State will take over at its own 42-yard line.

    13:21: After Belton picked up four yards, Michigan scores on what appeared to be a fumble recovery on a forward pass during the next play. The play is under review.

    After further review, the ruling on the field is reversed. Delonte Hollowell scooped up the ball after it hit the ground, and the officials confirm Hackenberg threw a forward pass, so it is incomplete.

    13:23: A false start penalty pushes Penn State back to 3rd-and-11, and Hackenberg can’t hit Saeed Blacknall down the right sideline.

    13:16: Chris Gull punts the ball 42 yards, and Michigan will take over at its own 17-yard line following a fair catch.

    13:08: Gardner faked a hand-off and ran the opposite way, finding room and gaining 25 yards. First down.

    12:42: Gardner then finds De’Veon Smith, who works his way past the first down marker for a 13-yard pick-up.

    12:16: Gardner faked another hand-off and found no room to run, gaining just one yard on first down.

    11:02: Michigan faces 4th-and-2 after a Devin Funchess reception is followed up by an incompletion down the right sideline. The ball is on Penn State’s 38.

    10:58: The Wolverines go for it, but tight coverage by Trevor Williams helps Gardner’s pass to Amara Darboh fall incomplete. Penn State will take over at its own 38-yard line.

    10:00: Hackenberg completes two passes in a row and Zach Zwinak rushes for three yards to move the chains. First down Penn State.

    9:30: Penn State moves into Michigan territory with a seven-yard catch by tight end Kyle Carter.

    8:05: Two plays after Hackenberg’s eight-yard pass to Mike Gesicki moved the chains, Penn State faces 3rd-and-11.

    8:00: Hackenberg overthrows Chris Godwin down the left sideline. With the ball at Michigan’s 37-yard line, Chris Gulla lines up to punt.

    7:56: Penn State fakes the punt on a direct snap and hand-off to Grant Haley, who can’t turn the corner. After the failed attempt on fourth down, Michigan takes over at its own 39.

    6:17: The Wolverines go three-and-out quickly. De’Veon Smith’s two-yard carry and Devin Funchess’ seven-yard reception gave them a short third down attempt, but Gardner was brought down for no gain to set up a punt.

    5:56: Michigan downs its punt at Penn State’s six-yard line, handing the Nittany Lions tough field position to work with.

    5:47: Jesse James takes a pass and gains a few extra yards with several players clinging to him, ultimately gaining 16 yards and a first down.

    4:02: After two Akeel Lynch carries gave Penn State a 3rd-and-4, things went from bad to worse for the Nittany Lions. They were flagged for holding on the play, but it was declines after a pressured Hackenberg was picked off by Jourdan Lewis. Michigan takes over at Penn State’s 28-yard line.

    2:55: Michigan still can’t get much going, as De’Veon Smith takes two carries for three yards to start the Wolverines’ drive.

    2:35: Russell Bellomy, in at quarterback for Michigan, throws incomplete to Darboh. Fourth down.

    2:30: Matt Wile converts his 42-yard field goal attempt, tying the game at 13-13.

    Michigan’s drive lasted just 1:32, as it picked up three yards on four plays.

    2:25: Grant Haley takes the kickoff to Penn State’s 23-yard line.

    2:18: DaeSean Hamilton loses three yards on a reception and after the play a holding call is declined.

    1:57: Hackenberg is hurried and throws incomplete. Third down coming up.

    1:51: On third down, Hackenberg runs to his right and can’t connect on a pass toward the sideline.

    1:45: Chris Gulla’s punt is short and goes out of bounds at Penn State’s own 46-yard line.

    1:41: Russell Bellomy passes to start Michigan’s drive and nearly winds up throwing a pick-six. Mike Hull runs into the short pass in stride but can’t reel it in. Timeout on the field for a Michigan injury.

    0:44: Two Justice Hayes runs hands Michigan a 4th-and-9, as some fans boo to show their displeasure as the punting unit takes the field.

    0:18: Penn State takes over at the 20 after the punt goes into the end zone.

    0:11: Bill Belton can’t get anywhere on a run up the middle.

    The third quarter ends with both teams knotted up at 13-13. Penn State is looking at a 2nd-and-10 from its own 20-yard line when the fourth quarter begins.


    Fourth quarter

    13:39: Penn State’s offense continues to sputter, as it is forced to punt. And Chris Gulla’s punt travels only 29 yards, setting Michigan up with great field position once again, this time at Penn State’s 49.

    13:05: Devin Gardner re-enters the game at quarterback for Michigan and quickly sparks the Wolverines. After an incompletion, he finds Norfleet, who makes a move and picks up 24 yards and a first down.

    11:58: The Wolverines are faced with 3rd-and-5, and Gardner’s pass goes over Devin Funchess’ head and out of bounds.

    11:24: Matt Wile’s 37-yard field goal is good, giving Michigan a 16-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.

    Michigan’s drive; six plays and 29 yards in 2:15.

    The attendance at tonight’s game is announced at 113,085.

    11:24: A touchback will set Penn State up at the 25-yard line for this drive.

    11:18: Geno Lewis catches a pass near the sideline and picks up eight yards to start the drive.

    10:52: Bill Belton works his way through the middle for seven yards and a first down.

    9:43: On second down, Bill Belton gets five yards on a reception but can’t get the first down.

    9:18: On third-and-2, Hackenberg gets just enough a keeper to move the chains. First down Penn State.

    8:52: Penn State uses its first timeout of the second half. The ball is on Michigan’s 49-yard line.

    7:14: Penn State barely moves the ball on its next set of downs, as Hackenberg saw pressure on consecutive pass plays to force fourth down. After a fair catch, Michigan gets the ball back at its own 14-yard line.

    6:19: Michigan is sticking to the run on this drive, moving up to a 3rd-and-1 after two carries.

    5:52: First down Michigan. De’Veon Smith runs up the middle and finds room for a 7-yard carry.

    4:28: The Wolverines continue to run the ball before going to the air on third-and-4. Gardner can’t find Devin Funchess, though, and the Wolverines will punt.

    3:44: An illegal blocking penalty brings back a nice punt return, so Penn State will start at its own 8-yard line after the Michigan punt.

    3:05: A Hackenberg completion to Blacknall for a first down is followed up with a three-yard carry by Belton. The clock continues to tick.

    2:31: Hackenberg is pressured and then called for intentional grounding. The Lions now face third-and-long.

    2:20: Hackenberg is thrown down inside Penn State’s 5-yard line on third down, setting up a 4th-and-32 and a punt by Penn State.

    1:43: Penn State calls a timeout.

    1:41: The snap goes out of the end zone and results in a Michigan safety. The Wolverines now lead 18-13.

    1:41: Michigan calls a timeout as Penn State lines up for the safety kick. The Nittany Lions have one timeout remaining, while the Wolverines have two remaining.

    1:41: Penn State appeared to have recovered an onside kick, which featured both Chris Gulla and Sam Ficken on the field. But an offsides penalty negates the play.

    1:39: Michigan recovers without a problem the second time around, all but ending the game.

    1:30: The Nittany Lions use their final timeout after a rush for no gain.

    1:20: De’Veon Smith rushes for seven yards on second down and the clock will continue to run.

    0:35: Smith gets four yards and a first down.

    0:08: Devin Gardner takes a knee and the game ends. Michigan wins, 18-13.

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    LIVE BLOG: Penn State Blue-White Game

    Welcome to Nittany Extra’s live blog for Penn State’s spring game. Stay here all afternoon for updates, analysis and more from the Reading Eagle.

    FINAL: Blue 37, White 0

    3Q, 0:00. It’s a bloodbath now. Blue came up with its fourth turnover of the day when Trevor Williams picked off DJ Crook on an overthrown ball. Blue leads 30-0 well into the fourth quarter.

    3Q, 5:50. The 10-minute third quarter is underway and Blue is running away with it. Matt Baney, starting at linebacker alongside Mike Hull and Brandon Bell today, picked off a floater from Austin Whipple after he was hit and took it to the house. Then Geno Lewis hit a wide open Matt Zanellato after a double reverse. The throw was a little short, but there was no one within 25 yards of No. 80.

    2Q, 0:00. The first half, in summation: Cole Chiappialle ran well, the offensive line looks shaky and CJ Olaniyan is in hot pursuit of every quarterback on the field. He has three sacks. The defense has played aggressive and shows some promise. Center Wendy Laurent, who started, got injured and had to be helped off. Don’t expect any update on that later, as Franklin won’t answer questions about injuries about players.

    2Q, 1:19. Defensive backs are playing aggressive today, maybe a sign of things to come for the defense. Ryan Keiser jumped a route perfectly and came up with an interception of DJ Crook near the sideline. Chiappialle busted through a hole from 23 yards out to score and put Blue up 17-0.

    2Q, 2:20. Penn State finally finds the end zone after a strong drive. Cole Chiapialle took a few direct snaps in the red zone after Kyle Carter was hit late out of bounds following a catch on a crossing route. Chiapialle finally found the end zone on fourth down from a direct snap. He’s got 40 yards on eight carries and we haven’t seen Zach Zwinak. Little Bill Belton, either.

    2Q, 6:59. Both offensive lines look a little shaky and the defensive lines have taken advantage of it. There have been five sacks on the day, and CJ Olaniyan came up with a sack on good pursuit of quarterback Austin Whipple.

    1Q, 0:00. One quarter down — and a whole lot of punts. There have been just five first downs, four by Blue, and 99 total yards gained. One surprise has been linebacker Matt Baney getting time with presumed starters Mike Hull and Brandon Bell.

    1Q, 4:48. White had a nice drive going before State College native Jack Haffner was stopped on 4th-and-1 by defensive tackle Austin Johnson. Johnson did a great job of plugging that hole and Blue takes over with Michael O’Connor under center.

    1Q, 9:26. Blue had a nice drive stall in the red zone before Sam Ficken connected on a 26-yard field goal. On that drive, walk-on running back Cole Chiappialle took a direct snap for 19 yards and Hackenberg found Jesse James for 13 yards over the middle and Akeel Lynch took a screen for 13 more right after that.

    1Q, 12:20. A possession by each team has led to a punt by each team, with the Blue squad picking up a first down early before Christian Hackenberg misfired long. An interesting change in this year’s game is that there are essentially no kickoffs are punts — only Sam Ficken and punter Chris Gulla are on the field for the kicking team.


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