Michigan football punishes Penn State with 41-17 blitz

The crowd boiled when the 1997 national championship team lined up side by side from tower to tower along the northern end zone.

They gave Lloyd Carr a standing ovation — on the day the tunnel was named after that team’s coach — who took off his hat to thank the fan base. So did Charles Woodson, the recipient of the 1997 Heisman Trophy and the heartbeat of the best team in modern Michigan, as he beat his chest in tribute to the Wolverines stalwart.

On the day the program awarded its last national championship team, at least early on, the Wolverines appeared to be stating that they were in contention for another team this year.

Then, adversity struck.

Quarterback Sean Clifford’s 62-yard rushing at the 3 and 1 gave Penn State a quick score. Five games into Michigan’s ensuing game, JJ McCarthy’s pass was tipped over and bounced off his helmet before being picked by the Nittany Lions at No. 6.

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