Michigan 27, Penn State 25
Penn State might be back, but it still can't beat Michigan.
Chad Henne threw his second touchdown pass to Mario Manningham -- a 10-yarder with no time remaining -- to lift the Wolverines to a thrilling 27-25 victory over the eighth-ranked Nittany Lions on Saturday.
The Wolverines (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) avoided their worst record in mid-October since 1967. Penn State (6-1, 3-1) fell out of sole possession of first place in the conference with its seventh straight loss in the series.
Michael Robinson scored his second touchdown with 53 seconds left to give the Nittany Lions a 25-21 lead, but Steve Breaston returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield to set up the game-winning score.
A second was left on the clock when Henne took the last snap and connected with Manningham on a slant pattern in the middle of the end zone.
The crowd of 111,249 went wild and it seemed like Michigan's entire team piled on Manningham at the Penn State 25 to celebrate.
It couldn't have been a more exciting second half -- with both teams taking what appeared to be commanding leads -- after Michigan led 3-0 at halftime.
Penn State scored 15 points in 17 seconds -- on Robinson's run and a fumble return for a score -- to take an 18-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. But Michigan quickly responded with Henne's 33-yard touchdown pass to Manningham and Mike Hart's two-point conversion run.
After forcing Penn State to punt, the Wolverines got the ball back at their 42.
Garrett Rivas easily made a 47-yard kick with 3 minutes 45 seconds left to put Michigan ahead 21-18 one week after missing two field goals in the second half in a 23-20 loss to Minnesota.