Well the question was whether Evan Royster could step up and be the difference for the Nittany Lions, well he answered those questions.
Down to their second string quarterback and injuries on the defensive side, the senior tailback rushed for 150 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns. By far it was Royster’s best performance of the year. The replacement for Robert Bolden, the virtually unknown Matthew Mcgloin had the Nittany Lions’ offense moving smoothly. He was able to guide the Nittany Lion offense with 250 yards through the air and one touchdown toss. The defense of Penn State was able to lock down the Michigan offense’s late surge and their double threat quarterback Denard Robinson.
That’s about as well as we can play … Mac had a lot to do with it,” said coach Joe Paterno, who recorded his 399th career win all with the Penn State coaching staff. This turnaround in happy valley is showing signs of life around the team and the campus. A two game losing streak and an injured quarterback, things began to look down for the Nittany Lions. With the performance of Evan Royster, he has now broken a three decade record for rushing yards passing Hall of Famer Curt Warner which stood at 3,398.
Happy Valley is now happy again after the Nittany Lions (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) begin their new winning streak after picking up their second straight this week.
On the other side, Michigan drops to (5-3, 1-3) following a 5-0 start. Fans of Michigan were hoping for a win this week which would have made them bowl eligible for the first time in Rich Rodriguez coaching tenure at Michigan, but now again he is on the hot seat. Rodriguez always known for his offense, again looks at his defense again for answers. “We’re doing a good job of making a lot of quarterbacks look pretty good,” Rodriguez said. His one man offense Denard Robinson had 191 yards rushing on 27 carries for three touchdowns. He also had one throwing touchdown. Without him, what else is there in this offense, and where would Michigan be? When the Wolverines were down by 21, he tried his best to bring his boys back. But it was to no luck. Michigan would trail 31-10, scoring 21 points and only trailing by seven, the Nittany Lions were able to put it away with a late field goal to go up by ten and seal the game.
Next week the Nittany Lions will be back home against Northwestern. The time of the game is yet to be announed. Michigan will be home againts the fighting Illini of Illinois.
About the Author
Written by Dane Hodge
I am a recent graduate of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. I majored in Communications with my emphasis in Radio/Television and Film. I have recently been writing for the Brookdale Community College Men's and Women's soccer teams in Lincroft, New Jersey on the athletic page of the school website. My love for sports is beyond this world. My real love is Television. I am a volunteer for Brookdale television as a broadcaster. One day I hope to become a great sports broadcaster, as of right now I believe that my volunteer work and my will to succeed will guide me to the path that I want. When I was younger I wrote for the Asbury Park Press in 2000, 2001. I have been writing for a while now and it is something in which I enjoy.