Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon huddle up with Michigan's offense late in the game against Penn State. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)
Devin Gardner and Jeremy Gallon huddle up with Michigan’s offense late in the game against Penn State. (Ricky Lindsay/MJ)

By RYAN PETRAS, Staff Reporter

When the Michigan Wolverines entered Beaver Stadium Saturday, they brought an undefeated record and a national ranking of 18.

They left with nothing.

Michigan lost to the Nittany Lions in an instant classic: a quadruple overtime game that happened to be the longest in Big Ten history. But Michigan has been playing with fire all year.

The Wolverines had to fight back home against Akron before stopping them on the goal line on the last play. They needed seventeen unanswered points against Connecticut to sneak away with a road victory.

Saturday night, they would find themselves down 21-10 in a hostile Beaver Stadium environment.

The Wolverines fought back and took a lead of 34-24 with less than 10 minutes to play in regulation.

It looked like the Wolverines were going to pull out with a close victory once again, but Penn State had something different in mind.

Michigan had its chances, several of them. But Penn State had the final blow in a 43-40 quadruple overtime victory.

“We have got to execute all positions better,” Michigan head coach Brady Hoke said.

It’s only going to get tougher for the Wolverines.

They play Indiana this Saturday, who beat Penn State handily at home last week. Then, it’s the big rivalry game against Michigan State at Spartan Stadium.

Michigan has a lot to figure out in the next couple weeks.

A team that started the season with national title aspirations has struggled against low-tier competition. They even lost to one of the lower level Big Ten teams.

The Wolverines have a lot of work that needs to be done if they still hope to compete for a Big Ten title this season.