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Penn State spotlight

| Sunday, October 16, 2005 12:00 a.m

BEST MOVE: Derrick Williams, the freshman wide receiver, lined up at tailback and used an inside-outside move to freeze Michigan linebacker Prescott Burgess on a 12-yard run in the first quarter.

BEST RUN: Tony Hunt shook loose for 61 yards in the fourth quarter, setting up a Penn State touchdown that tied the game at 10-10.

A FIFTH FOURTH: Penn State converted a fourth-and-2 in the first quarter, with a 7-yard Hunt run, the Lions’ fifth successful fourth-down try in as many attempts this season. At first, the team has lined up for a field goal try, but decided to go for the first down after the timeout.

A SIXTH FOURTH: Penn State also converted a fourth-and-7 on its last touchdown drive on a 9-yard Michael Robinson run, making the Lions 6-for-6 this season.

A FIRST THIRD: Mike Hart’s 2-yard touchdown run was Michigan’s first offensive touchdown this season in the third quarter.

CORNY: Michigan called for a “Maize-out” encouraging fans to wear yellow to support the Wolverines.

DIAL SWITCH: As if a disappointing season weren’t enough for Michigan, it was in the news that WJR, the flagship station for Wolverines football and basketball for nearly three decades, will switch to carrying Michigan State games next year.

TURNOVERS RETURN: After two games without a turnover, Penn State ended the streak when Robinson lost a fumble in the second quarter after being stripped by linebacker Dave Harris. Hunt had fumbled earlier near the Penn State goal line, but had recovered the ball. Robinson also had a fourth-quarter interception.

BEST EFFORT: Hart gained 7 yards in the third quarter on a run that should have gone for a yard, maybe two. He went into the middle of the Penn State defense and made defenders miss or broke tackles along the way.

BEST PASS: Chad Henne found Mario Manningham for a 33-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, a perfect pass on an out-and-up pattern against close coverage by Justin King.

TURNING POINT: A couple of clock issues tie here. The two seconds added by the officials :28 to :30 of the fourth, or the :01 left when Steve Breaston couldn’t hold a pass, allowing Michigan one last chance that it turned into a winning touchdown pass from Henne to Manningham for 10 yards.

QUOTABLE: Asked where his team goes from here, meaning after the tough loss, Joe Paterno said: “To Illinois.”

NEXT UP: Penn State (6-1, 3-1) at Illinois (2-4, 0-3), 7 p.m., Saturday

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