Instant Reaction: Penn State falls to Michigan late, 21-17

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Penn State has lost to Michigan 21-17 in a game that came down to the wire.

There was a reason why many people were high on Penn State coming into today’s matchup. Despite the loss, the Nittany Lions still showed up to play today.

As mentioned, Penn State has played like a different team the past two weeks. Sure, they had a slow start against Maryland last week. But, they came out to play in the second half and finished off strong.

The run game was very productive today, and much of that was due to the performance of Keyvone Lee. He had a slow start to the first half, but really turned on the wheels in the second half.

We highlight Jahan Dotson every week, which is rightfully so, as he is playing his way to hopefully hearing his name called in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft. However, Parker Washington also came to play today, and showed a lot of promise as to hopefully filling in Dotson’s shoes when he leaves for the NFL.

Washington had his second-best performance of the season today, his first coming against Ohio State two weeks ago. That’s two extremely productive defenses that Washington has put up impressive numbers against.

On the Michigan side, Cade McNamara kept the Wolverines in the game for all four quarters today. Haskins struggled to get it going in the first half, but McNamara kept the ball moving in the passing game.

Once Haskins turned it on in the second half, that’s when the Michigan offense really started to click as a whole, and pull off the late victory.

Penn State is back at home next week to take on Rutgers. It should be a fashionable win for the Nittany Lions before heading to East Lansing to finish off the season against Michigan State.

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