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Wilton Speight: “We called the same play eight times in a row”

Wilton Speight on the Penn State defense: “I just started laughing.”

NCAA Football: Penn State at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Wilton Speight called the same play not once, not twice, not three times, but eight times in a row for the Michigan offense against Penn State on Saturday.

“I think there was one drive in the third or fourth quarter where we called the same play eight times in a row,” he said. “We would just flip it back and forth. I started laughing looking at the play call because they would do the same signal and the same number every time.”

During those eight plays, the Wolverines pushed the ball down the field with their run game. Between De’Veon Smith, Karan Higdon, Ty Isaac, Chris Evans, Speight, Khalid Hill and Eddie McDoom, Michigan ran the ball 49 times for 326 yards and six touchdowns.

“The lineman were getting so excited because I would call the same play and I think we were getting like 9 or 10 a pop,” Speight mentioned. “When that happens it’s demoralizing for a defense. I have never played defense, but I can imagine it would suck to go through that every single play and just have someone run you over.”

All in all, the Nittany Lions allowed Michigan to pick up 189 passing yards and 326 rushing yards for a total of 515 yards of offense. Meanwhile, Penn State managed just 199 yards - 121 passing, 78 rushing - of total offense.

“That builds our confidence and probably makes them lose confidence,” Speight said.