University Park, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - 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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