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Michigan Wolverines football team rallies past Penn State, 21-17

Michigan defensive back Vincent Gray, left, attempts to intercept a pass intended for Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson, right, in the first quarter in State College, Pa., on Saturday. (AP photo)

By TRAVIS JOHNSON

Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Michigan tight end Erick All woke up on Saturday with a sore ankle, a leftover reminder of the Wolverines’ last painful loss.

Inside a packed, hostile Beaver Stadium, he was able to block out the discomfort enough to help No. 9 Michigan stay in the Big Ten championship chase with a 21-17 win over No. 23 Penn State.

All hauled in a 47-yard touchdown pass from Cade McNamara with 3:29 left and outran Penn State defenders to the end zone.

Michigan (9-1, 6-1 Big Ten, No. 6 CFP) snapped a two-game skid to the Nittany Lions (6-4, 3-4).

“I’m sure he wasn’t thinking about that ankle,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “He was thinking about the team.”

And what another loss would mean for the Wolverines’ chance to end their 16-year championship drought.

All was hurt when the Wolverines fell to No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 30 and didn’t play last week in a win over Indiana. He knew the Wolverines needed to stay within reach of the Spartans and No. 6 Ohio State in the Big Ten East.

“Adrenaline took care of the rest,” All said.

Michigan visits Maryland next before hosting the No. 6 Buckeyes on Nov. 27.

“It’s going to be tough for sure,” McNamara said. “That game is going to be so big for us and I know when the moment comes, we’ll be ready.”

McNamara completed 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns and Hassan Haskins ran for 156 yards on 31 carries. Roman Wilson caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Wolverines, who led 14-6 midway through the fourth quarter.

Michigan defensive back Vincent Gray, left, attempts to intercept a pass intended for Penn State wide receiver Jahan Dotson, right, in the first quarter in State College, Pa., on Saturday. (AP photo)