They also have forced a NCAA-leading 52 punts this season, including eight against IN in Saturday's 27-20 overtime victory. "That's what he is there for - for that goal", Harbaugh said.
"The linebackers again played really well. They have two really dynamic players in McSorley and Saquon, so it's definitely a challenge".
Harbaugh didn't go into more detail on where his team ranks nationally in other categories, but there are several other stats that stick out.
Carrie Hanks finished off the Nittany Lions in the second overtime period to secure its revenge in the rematch of last year's Big Ten Championship.
It also begins a stretch of three straight games for the Nittany Lions vs. ranked teams.
But Hurst said having the underdog chip will only add to their preparation this week as they get ready for their second of back-to-back road games.
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"We're playing the No. 2 team in the country", senior Maurice Hurst said Monday. "You don't really have to deal with the factors of the crowd, you just get to make them really quiet if you make a big play or anything like that". Players and coaches have been asked often this season if they have been surprised how quickly this new group has developed. We thought John did that. "I think he's someone that is really dynamic and he's in the running for the Heisman [trophy], so you always have your challenges as a defense when you face someone who's in contention for the Heisman".
"I feel a lot more comfortable, just being out there and taking more snaps than I did past year", Hurst said.
"We kind of knew what we had last year, and this year has been a little more unknown, but I think we have really started to develop into our own".
Now, sitting pretty as the No. 2 team in the nation, Penn State should be considered a favorite to make the College Football Playoff for the first time in the program's history, and even have the firepower needed to make a serious run at their first national title since 1986.
Hurst said the Wolverines know Penn State hasn't forgotten about that loss.