Michigan running back Donovan Edwards (7) tries to avoid Penn State linebacker Abdul Carter (11) in the second half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Michigan Blows out Penn State

Michigan dominated in its first ranked matchup of the season. When Penn State traveled to play the Wolverines Saturday, and it walked away with a 41-17 loss.


The Wolverines came into their ranked matchup against No. 5 in the country. They were led to this spot with the help of Heisman Trophy contender, running back Blake Corum and quarterback J.J. McCarthy.

It was the run game that put Penn State on its heels. Though Corum is the star of this duo, he had help from the No. 2 running back, Donovan Edwards.

Edwards and Corum combined for a total of 339 yards. Edwards had 16 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns, including one for  67 yards. Corum backed him up with 28 carries for 166 yards and a two more touchdowns that included a 61-yard touchdown run.

The Wolverine defense held its own as it only allowed 268 yards of total offense from Penn State. It only allowed 111 rushing yards and 157 yards in the air and added two sacks to the defensive terror of the Nittany Lions.

Jim Harbaugh moves to 5-3 against Penn State as head coach of the Wolverines.

Penn State

Penn State stayed in this game until halftime. The offense had a slow start but it stayed in the game as it only trailed by two points going into the half. It was due to, in big part, a pick-six toward the end of the second half.

Both teams attempted to sway some momentum going into the locker room as a screaming match broke out. But nothing went right for Penn State coming out of the locker room however. 

The offense could only muster a field goal in the second half and the defense let the Wolverines run all over it with 25 points. Penn State had no answer and got blown out of the game.

A look ahead

Michigan in this week’s AP Poll was bumped back up to the No. 4 spot. It has a bye-week this week but will host Michigan State on Oct. 29.

Penn State dropped from 10 to 16 and will host Minnesota Saturday.

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