With just 2:01 remaining in the game, Michigan trailed Penn State on the road 28-21. The Wolverines were storming back from a 21-0 deficit earlier in the game and faced a fourth-and-goal scenario.

Plenty was on the line of course, including potential College Football Playoff implications. What happened on the play?

Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson evaded pressure and found a passing lane to get the ball to wide receiver Ronnie Bell in the end zone. All he had to do was haul it in and Michigan would have trailed 28-27 with a PAT incoming.

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Except, Bell dropped it. He should have caught the ball, despite a Nittany Lions defender being right on his heels. Of course, Bell caught plenty of negative attention after the drop and eventual 28-21 loss to Penn State.

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After seeing all the negative publicity Bell was receiving, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit and Fox’s Joel Klatt jumped to defend Bell:

Safe to say that Herbstreit and Klatt don’t agree with the flack Bell has received. He dropped a pass in a meaningful spot. Is it the end of the world? Should he be bashed for eternity?

Not exactly.

Michigan had plenty of opportunities to do better in the game so that a fourth-and-goal scenario while trailing by seven didn’t have to determine the outcome in the game. Be better as a whole. That simple.