McSorley sets all-time Penn State TD mark in win vs. Rutgers
Nov 12 2017
Still, there was no denying the talent gap for anyone watching Saturday, despite Penn State noticeably not being at its best.
The Nittany Lions recovered Rutgers fumble of the second-half kickoff but could not score. Despite ranking 13th in the Big Ten in run defense, Rutgers had success run-blitzing against Barkley, who expressed visible frustration in the first half.
Penn State cured the hangover.
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Penn State's start was less-than-ideal on Saturday - but the resolve and result, as Franklin said, are all that mattered after a pair of disappointing performances.
What we expected weeks ago from these two teams has changed a lot in comparison to today. You can find those stations here.
"We just have to come back and be great on all three phases and we'll get the wins", safety Kiy Hester said. But other than those two years, the Nittany Lions have dominated. From that point on, the Nittany Lion offense rolled to four more touchdowns while the defense didn't allow a first down until the backups came in late in the fourth quarter. They average 38 points per game and give up 14.8 points per game.
Quarterback Trace McSorley ran in the first touchdown of the game and then added another on a 22-yard pass to DaeSean Hamilton. And now, through the first two games of November, the running back only has 98 total yards on the ground and 899 on the season. McSorley finished with 214 yards passing and two touchdowns. McSorley was also the team's leading rusher with 44 yards and a touchdown. He also has 305 rushing yards with eight touchdowns. His 25 yard touchdown pass to DaeSean Hamilton was in tight coverage and flawless placement on an inside breaking route.
After Penn State's special teams stopped Rutgers on a fake punt, McSorley led the Lion offense down the field and Barkley found the end zone again, this time from four yards out, to increase Penn State's lead to 28-6.
He's no longer showing the dominance that seemed like a given at the beginning of the season and Big Ten schedule, but going into this weekend, he still had the second-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Robert Martin led Rutgers with 71 yards on 11 carries. He is 32-for-63 passing for 407 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
In last week's 31-24 win against Maryland, Rutgers threw the ball 18 times but ran the ball 46 times.
The Scarlet Knights scored again on their third possession, aided by Gus Edwards' 18-yard run.