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Belton's TD helps PSU down Michigan in 4-OT

3:29 AM, Oct 13, 2013   |    comments
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University Park, PA ( - Bill Belton's 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth overtime session capped off an improbable comeback as Penn State upended No. 18 Michigan, 43-40, at Beaver Stadium.

Trailing 40-37 after Brendan Gibbons connected on a 40-yard field goal, Penn State converted a crucial 4th-and-1 on Belton's short run. Three plays later, the Wolverines were whistled for pass interference in the end zone, setting up Belton's game-winning touchdown run.

Penn State had the first opportunity in overtime, but Chris Wormley sacked Christian Hackenberg on second down to set up 3rd-and-8. The third down pass was off the mark and Sam Ficken missed his 40-yard field goal try, leaving the door open for the Wolverines.

Michigan, content to try the game-winning field goal, ran three times for three yards, setting up a Gibbons' 40-yard try. But the stout Penn State defensive line, which was tremendous all game long, stepped up and blocked the attempt, forcing a second overtime period.

In the second session, Gibbons and Ficken each connected on their tries from 25 and 36 yards, respectively.

Allen Robinson, whose 36-yard reception in the final seconds of regulation set up Hackenberg's game-tying touchdown plunge, fumbled an end-around on the first play of the next PSU drive. Frank Clark capped the best game of his career by pouncing on the loose ball. Clark recovered a pair of fumbles, scored a touchdown, and recorded two sacks.

Michigan again failed to capitalize on the Robinson miscue, when Gibbons missed his second kick in overtime and third for the game. The lefty missed a 52-yard kick at the end of regulation which would have won the game for the Maize and Blue.

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