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Recap: Michigan falls to 2-4 after loss to 1-5 Penn State

Nobody expected these two teams to be this bad, but one was worse on Saturday.

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For the fourth time in five weeks, the Michigan Wolverines have lost a football game. This time, it came in the form of a 27-17 loss to an 0-5 Penn State team that was facing many of the same questions as their opponent this week.

If you’ve watched this team much at all since the Minnesota game, you know that there is not a ton to recap. The offense lacks an identity, the defense is depleted by injuries but was bad anyways and special teams continues to to be a thorn in their side. This team simply struggles to do a lot of basic things on the field and mostly looks like it is going through the motions on the field.

These two teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter before Penn State scored the final 10 points of the second half to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room. After trading field goals in the third quarter, Michigan pulled within three on Hassan Haskins’ second touchdown run of the day to put the score at 20-17. PSU would respond with a 12-play, 75 yard drive that took up five minutes of clock to pull back ahead 27-17.

Cade McNamara injured his shoulder early in the game and was replaced by Joe Milton, but would eventually return. He would get pulled again the fourth quarter of a drive with Michigan down two scores with the shoulder clearly not looking right. Neither guy played well and Michigan only had 112 yards through the air on the day.

There might be three football games left this year unless COVID wipes out any of them. The next one is a week from today against Maryland at home. Yay.