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Countdown to Kickoff - 21 days

October 6, 1993

Michigan 21 - Penn State 13

This was the first meeting between Michigan and Penn State. According to Beano Cook, the Nittany Lions were going to come in to the Big1T1en and dominate. Up to this point, so far-so good. PSU was 5-0 and ranked #7. But they were about to face the meat of their schedule, I assume they were going to show the "former" conference powers who the new king was. They would face Michigan and then OSU in their 6th and 7th games (both, of course, preceded with a bye week.)
Michigan was 3-2 and coming off a bad loss to MSU. It was also Penn State's 1000th game overall. Michigan was not given much of a chance.
My dad had gotten the tickets, this was actually the meeting of his 1940 Freshman of Prescott House reunion. One of his classmates was a professor and was able to get 20+ tickets to this really historic game - pretty impressive, really.
Michigan missed an early field goal, then PSU took over. a short field goal and then a long TD pass put the Nittany Lions up 10-0 early in the 2nd quarter. Special teams made the first play for Michigan. Derrick Alexander returned a short punt 48 yards to paydirt to get the Wolverines on the board. The scores held to half time.
In the 3rd - Elozovic missed another field goal, but Penn St was offside giving Michigan a first down. Later in he drive Todd Collins hit Mercury Hayes on a fade to put M up 14-10.
Late in the quarter, PSU had a first and goal from the 1, right in front of us.
Michigan's offense couldn't get too far and the short field led to a PSU field goal - making it 14-13, Michigan. On the next possession Tyrone Wheatley's took over, driving the Wolverines down to inside the 10. The final score came on a flat pass to Che Foster, giving M the 21-13 lead.
Peoples ended PSU last hope with an interception in the last minute.

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