Sports Network | October 31, 2010
University Park, PA (Sports Network) – Evan Royster ran for 150 yards and a pair of touchdowns to power the Penn State Nittany Lions past the Michigan Wolverines, 41-31, in Big Ten play at Beaver Stadium.
With his performance, Royster ended up breaking the school’s career rushing record previously held by Hall of Famer Curt Warner, who racked up 3,398 yards. QB Matt McGloin also had a nice night for Penn State (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten), completing 17-of-28 pass attempts for 250 yards and a score. He added another touchdown on the ground in the absence of usual starter Rob Bolden, who did not play due to injury. The victory is Penn State’s second in a row and the 399th of Joe Paterno’s career.
QB Denard Robinson did it all for Michigan (5-3, 1-3), throwing for 190 yards and rushing for 191 more. He also totaled four touchdowns, with three coming on the ground. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Wolverines suffered their third loss in a row.
The Lions opened the game’s scoring with a four-yard touchdown run by Royster midway through the first quarter.
Michigan responded just over three minutes later behind a 32-yard touchdown run by Robinson.
Royster put Penn State back on top with a one-yard touchdown plunge late in the first period.
Seth Broekhuizen then booted a 37-yard field goal for Michigan midway through the second quarter.
The Lions, though, would score twice in the final 3:27 of the half to take a 28-10 advantage into the break. The first score was a one-yard run by McGloin, who then hooked up with Graham Zug on a 20-yard touchdown pass.
A 32-yard field goal by Collin Wagner extended Penn State ’s lead to 31-10 just over five minutes into the third quarter.
Michigan, however, was able to stay in the game thanks to Robinson, who scored on a one-yard run late in the third quarter and a four-yard scamper with just over nine minutes to play in the fourth.
Penn State, though, sealed the game when Wagner connected on a 42-yard field goal with just under six minutes to play.
The Lions went 10-of-16 on third downs, helping them to posses the ball for over 37 minutes on the night.