ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Two of college football's most
tradition-rich programs turned a dull start into a fantastic
Chris Perry's 3-yard touchdown run in overtime gave Michigan (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 13 AP) a 27-24 win over Penn State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) on Saturday.
After both teams trudged through the first 42-plus minutes tied
at 7, they combined for 28 points and three lead changes. John
Navarre's second TD pass to Braylon Edwards -- his third option in a
crowded end zone -- with 3:24 left forced the first overtime ever at
"That's what a great football game is,'' Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said. "It's back-and-forth, and you win it, and then you lose
it, then you win it.''
The Wolverines (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight over
the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2), who hadn't lost that many games in a
row to any team in more than 70 years.
"They've all been great wins, but none have been more
exciting,'' Carr said. "This one had everything.''
Penn State coach Joe Paterno, the winningest coach in Division
I-A, was so upset after the game that he wouldn't allow his players
to be interviewed.
"Our kids played hard and their kids played hard,'' Paterno
said. "They had one more play than we had. It was as simple as
Michigan won the toss in overtime and chose to let Penn State
have the ball first.
Nittany Lions kicker Robbie Gould -- who missed an extra point
and a field goal in regulation -- missed a 23-yard field goal in
overtime. But Michigan was called for offsides, and Gould took
advantage of the opportunity with a 20-yard kick to put Penn State
"Don't blame it on the kicker,'' Paterno said.
On Michigan's possession, Perry gained 4 yards on a third-and-1
from Penn State's 16. Four plays later, he plunged in for the
When Perry was mobbed by his teammates during a wild celebration
in the end zone, he had one thought: "I made sure I didn't fall,''
Navarre was 27-of-41 for 244 yards with no interceptions and two
TD passes to Edwards. Navarre did a good job of moving up and
around the pocket to deliver passes, sometimes to his second or
"It was the most comfortable I've felt,'' Navarre said.
Zack Mills was 19-of-31 for 264 yards with two TDs and no
interceptions, despite a sprained shoulder. Larry Johnson ran for
78 yards and a TD on a sore hamstring.
Bryant Johnson caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown
_ against Thorpe Award candidate Marlin Jackson -- but had a
potential TD in overtime ripped out of his hands by Jackson.
"They got me today,'' Jackson said. "But I'll take the win.''
Before Michigan's current six-game winning streak, the Nittany
Lions had not lost six straight in a series since Pittsburgh beat
them 10 times in a row from 1922-31.
The fun started when Penn State went ahead 13-7 with 2:40 left
in the third quarter on Mills' 9-yard pass to Mike Lukac, his first
career TD catch. Gould missed the extra point. On Penn State's
previous possession, he missed a 47-yard field goal.
Michigan took advantage of a break on the ensuing possession.
The Wolverines were forced to punt from their 10 after three
incomplete passes, but the drive was kept alive when James Milton
was flagged for roughing the kicker.
Eight plays later, Navarre lobbed a 5-yard TD pass to Edwards.
The extra point put Michigan ahead 14-13 early in the fourth
Penn State responded with an 80-yard go-ahead drive, capped by
Mills' 19-yard pass to Bryant Johnson. A 2-point pass from Mills to
Bryant Johnson put the Nittany Lions ahead 21-14 with 7:49 to go.
Michigan came right back to tie the game with 3:24 left.
On a third-and-goal from the 3, Navarre looked right and when he
didn't see anybody open, he connected with Edwards for a second TD
across the middle.
"If John Navarre didn't silence his critics, there's no point
in them being involved with football,'' Edwards said.
The Wolverines were able to fully enjoy the win because
cornerback Zia Combs -- who was taken off the field on a stretcher
after his helmet collided with a teammate's midsection in the first
quarter -- has full movement, no broken bones and negative X-rays.
Combs was to be hospitalized overnight for observation.
Pac-12 hires MGM executive George Kliavkoff as commissioner
George Kliavkoff, the president of entertainment and sports for MGM Resorts International, has been hired as the next commissioner of the Pac-12, the conference announced.
How Colt Brennan helped put Hawaii football on the national map
Colt Brennan died earlier this week at the age of 37, but the record-breaking quarterback's legacy lives on through the fans he made from coast to coast and the local quarterbacks he inspired.
How college football's title-winning game manager QB went extinct
The days of Craig Krenzel are over. If your quarterback can't put up huge numbers and get picked in the NFL draft's first round, like Mac Jones just was, you probably can't win a national title. Here's how we got here, and what it means for 2021.
EWU QB Eric Barriere highlights AP FCS All-America team
Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere, Sacred Heart running back Julius Chestnut and VMI receiver Jakob Herres are among the Walter Payton Award finalists highlighting The Associated Press FCS All-America team released Wednesday.
Lance Leipold's Kansas football staff a mix of Jayhawks and Buffalo assistant coaches
Lance Leipold's new staff at Kansas features several holdovers from the previous staff as well as several assistants who were on his staff at Buffalo..
Valdosta (Ga.) Board of Education to revisit contract of embattled football coach Rush Propst
The Valdosta (Ga.) Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday to revisit its earlier decision not to renew embattled football coach Rush Propst's contract.