With Michigan susceptible to the pass, many expected Penn State to come out firing. But on its first two plays, it was Austin Scott off left guard and fullback Matt Hahn off right guard. At the half, pass calls slightly favored the run, 16-13.
"You don't go in there with the idea you're going to throw the ball 100 times or 40 times," coach Joe Paterno said.
With the Lions stacking the line against Michigan running back Mike Hart (44 carries for 153 yards), freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett was able to complete some key third-down passes. The two most pivotal came on the Wolverines' final, clock-milking drive. For the game, Michigan was 10 of 18 on third-down conversions.