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The highest-graded players from Michigan's win over Penn State, 42-7

Nov 3, 2018; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Karan Higdon (22) celebrates after he scores a touchdown in the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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Powered by a stellar defensive performance that was just too much for Penn State to overcome, the Wolverines defeated the Nittany Lions, 42-7, on Saturday afternoon.

[Editor's Note: While we grade every player on every game, to qualify for an overall game grade for this recap's purpose, a player must have played at least 20 snaps to be considered a full-time contributor to the game.]

Top 5 overall

Michigan offense

Shea Patterson, QB – 80.7 overall grade
Jon Runyan, T – 77.8 overall grade
Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR – 73.0 overall grade
Chris Evans, RB – 72.3 overall grade
Karan Higdon, 71.8 overall grade

Michigan defense

Chase Winovich, EDGE – 89.8 overall grade
Josh Uche, EDGE – 84.3 overall grade
Josh Ross, LB – 76.3 overall grade
Rashan Gary, EDGE – 71.0 overall grade
David Long, CB – 70.4 overall grade

Penn State offense

Michal Menet, C – 68.1 overall grade
Pat Freiermuth, TE – 64.4 overall grade
Connor McGovern, G – 64.3 overall grade
Steven Gonzalez, G – 60.9 overall grade
KJ Hamler, WR – 59.4 overall grade

Penn State defense

Jan Johnson, LB – 87.1 overall grade
Micah Parsons, LB – 80.6 overall grade
Shareef Miller, EDGE – 75.1 overall grade
Jarvis Miller, EDGE – 70.5 overall grade
Jonathan Sutherland, S – 69.4 overall grade

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