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5 Greatest Michigan vs. Penn State College Football Games of All Time

The Wolverines lead the series 15-10.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan Wolverines, Big Ten Football

The Big Ten East rivals have split their last six meetings.

Unbeaten Michigan and Penn State face off in a top-10 matchup this Saturday. It may be hard to believe, but the two schools did not play each other until the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten in 1993. Since then, they have played some great games. Here are the top five.

5. Penn State 31, Michigan 24

Oct. 15, 1994  Ann Arbor, Mich.

In this top-five showdown, unbeaten Penn State took a 16-0 lead, and Michigan responded with 17 unanswered points. The Nittany Lions retook the advantage when Kerry Collins hit Jon Witman with a nine-yard touchdown pass and then completed a toss to Freddie Scott for the two-point conversion. The Wolverines tied the game with a one-yard Tim Biakabutuka touchdown run with 11:37 to play. Collins then hit Bobby Engram with a 16-yard touchdown pass to take a 31-24 lead with 2:53 to go, and Brian Miller picked off Michigan quarterback Todd Collins for the win. Penn State finished the season undefeated but was ranked second behind Nebraska.

4. Michigan 31, Penn State 27

Nov. 13, 1999  University Park, Pa.

Having been upset by Illinois the week before, the Nittany Lions stumbled early, committing two turnovers, and Michigan took a 10-0 lead. However, Penn State rebounded and pulled ahead 27-17 with 9:44 left in the fourth quarter when Blawoh Jue intercepted Tom Brady's pass and returned it 46 yards for a score. Brady then responded with two touchdown drives that led to scores in the final four minutes to put the Wolverines up 31-27. On the ensuing possession, Michigan linebacker Ian Thompson forced Penn State quarterback Kevin Thompson to fumble, which sealed the win.

3. Michigan 27, Penn State 24

Oct. 12, 2002  Ann Arbor, Mich.

Tied 7-7 for the first 42 minutes, the teams combined for 28 points in the final minutes of regulation. Michigan quarterback John Navarre hit Braylon Edwards in the end zone with 3:24, which tied the game at 21-21 to send it into the first overtime at Michigan Stadium. Penn State got the ball first and was forced to settle for a field goal. On the Wolverines' possession, they drove down to the three-yard line, where Chris Perry ran in for the game-winning score.

2. Penn State 43, Michigan 40

Oct. 12, 2013  University Park, Pa.

In a game that saw seven lead changes, the Wolverines led 34-24 with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. Penn State kicker Sam Ficken kicked a 45-yard field goal, and Devin Gardner hit Jeremy Gallon with a 16-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left to send the game into overtime. The teams held each other scoreless in the first overtime, traded field goals in the second, and were scoreless again in the third. In the fourth, the Wolverines had to settle for a 40-yard field goal by Brendan Gibbons. On Penn State's possession, rushes by Bill Belton and a Michigan pass interference penalty powered Penn State into the end zone for the win. The game at the time was the longest in Big 10 history.

1. Michigan 27, Penn State 25

Oct. 15, 2005 — Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan led 10-3 going into the fourth quarter when undefeated Penn State scored 15 points in a span of less than 20 seconds. First, Michael Robinson rushed for four yards for a score. Then, Alan Zemaitis stripped the ball from Wolverine quarterback Chad Henne and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. The extra-point attempt was botched, but kicker Kevin Kelly picked up the ball to rush in for the two-point conversion to take an 18-10 lead. Henne responded with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham and then Mike Hart rushed in for the two-point conversion to tie the game. Garrett Rivas then kicked a 47-yard field goal to take a 21-18 lead with 3:45 to play. The Nittany Lions responded by driving 81 yards in 12 plays, and Michael Robinson ran four yards for a touchdown to put his team up 25-21 with 53 seconds remaining. Steve Breaston returned the kickoff 40 yards to the Michigan 46-yard line, and Henne drove 54 yards in 42 seconds, hitting Manningham in the end zone as time expired.