Penn State Notebook: Morelli hurt; Clark fills in
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Quarterback Anthony Morelli left the game in the third quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Michigan defensive tackle Alan Branch. He walked off on his own and was replaced by backup Daryll Clark.
Clark, a 6-foot-4, 224-pound redshirt freshman from Youngstown, Ohio, also was injured in the fourth quarter with an apparent leg injury. He did not return.
Clark had appeared in four of the Nittany Lions' first six games this year, completing 7 of 14 passes for 68 yards and no touchdowns.
Penn State sophomore kicker Kevin Kelly missed a 46-yard field goal attempt at the end of the Nittany Lions' first drive, dropping his accuracy to 7 for 13 from 30 yards and longer and 2 for 5 from 40 yards and out.
Kelly also came into the game 12 of 17 in extra-point attempts.
On the flip side, he made a 23-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the first half to put Penn State on the board and boost his numbers to 6 for 6 from 29 yards or closer.
These teams last met one year ago today, but there was no chance for a repeat of the ending to that game.
Mario Manningham, whose 10-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Chad Henne as time expired gave the Wolverines a 27-25 win, missed last night's game after having knee surgery last week.
Manningham, a sophomore, was leading Michigan with 24 catches for 527 yards and nine touchdowns, led the Big Ten and was 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (87.8) and was tops in the conference in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
The crowd of 110,007 was the second-largest in Beaver Stadium history. On a "whiteout" night, those in the student sections wore white to fill in large tracts of seats, and fans in the rest of the stadium added to the effect with white pompons.
The game was Penn State's third this season against Top 5 opponent and sixth against a team that went to a bowl last season. ... The ABC night game gave Penn State a streak of seven seasons with at least one prime-time game. The only previous time the Nittany Lions had such a streak was 1983-89. ... Penn State and Michigan next meet Sept. 22, 2007, in Ann Arbor in the Big Ten opener.
First Published October 15, 2006 12:00 am