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Penn State spotlight

| Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002

  • BEST RUN: Larry Johnson Jr. tore up the middle for a 17-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Johnson followed a great block by FB Sean McHugh, then dragged SS Julius Curry the last couple of feet into the end zone.

  • BEST PASS: Michigan QB John Navarre zipped a 3-yard touchdown to Braylon Edwards with 3:24 left in regulation. Navarre looked right and saw nobody open, they went to his left and waited until Edwards, the third option on the play, broke free. The pass whizzed past two defenders, straight into Edwards' hands.

  • BEST CATCH: Penn State WR Bryant Johnson pulled away from CB Marlin Jackson and FS Cato June and made a fingertip grab, in stride, for a 53-yard gain.

  • BEST HIT: Penn State DT Jimmy Kennedy stuffed TB Chris Perry a yard behind the line of scrimage on second-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

  • BEST TACKLE: Freshman CB Anwar Phillips wrapped up Michigan FB B.J. Askew for no gain on a pass play in the first quarter.

  • TURNING POINT: A controversial roughing-the-kicker penalty kept a Michigan drive alive as the third quarter drew to a close. Instead of a three-and-out, the Wolverines drove for a go-ahead touchdown with 13:51 to play in the game.

  • THE CLINCHER: Perry's 3-yard touchdown run in overtime won it for Michigan.

  • BEST CALL: In the second half, Michigan changed its attack. They Wolverines began connecting on short passes — dinks, dumps and screens — that ate up yards in 7- and 8-yard chunks. By the fourth quarter, Penn State's defense was worn out.

  • WORST CALL: When a drive stalled at the 14 in the first quarter, Michigan tried a fake field goal. Navarre took the snap and tossed to K Philip Brabbs. S Shawn Mayer was not fooled and dropped Brabbs at the 10.

  • D'OH: A third-down pass by Mills bounced off the head of umpire Tony Payne and fell incomplete. TB Larry Johnson, the intended receiver, yelled at Payne as the offense jogged off the field. On the Lions' next possession, Johnson burst through a hole up the middle … and found Payne standing in his way. Both player and ump tried to scoot out of the way, and Johnson was stopped for a 5-yard gain.

  • BEST HUSTLE: On a Penn State punt, Tony Johnson dodged CB Jeremy LeSueur as the ball bounced toward the end zone. Johnson lunged and snared it and downed the ball at inside the 1.

  • TIME WARP: Penn State scored the game's first touchdown with 5:21 left in the first quarter. Jeremy LeSueur took the kickoff at the goal line and ran it out to the 25. When Michigan began its drive, the clock showed only one second had elapsed — which is impossible, since the clock is supposed to start running the moment the ball is kicked.

  • NOTABLE STAT: Penn State's defense tallied just one sack, while Michigan got three.

  • UP NEXT: No. 15 Penn State (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) plays host to Northwestern (2-5, 0-3) at 12:05 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised by ESPN2. On Thursday, the Wildcats lost to Minnesota, 45-42.

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