McSorley sets all-time Penn State TD mark in win vs. Rutgers

McSorley sets all-time Penn State TD mark in win vs. Rutgers

McSorley sets all-time Penn State TD mark in win vs. Rutgers

The Nittany Lions cruised to a 35-6 victory over Rutgers at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions blew out Rutgers 35-6 on Saturday thanks to a stellar performance from Trace McSorley and a reliable receiving effort from Juwan Johnson, DaeSean Hamilton and tight end Mike Gesicki.

Linebackers Jason Cabinda and Brandon Smith combined for 21 tackles vs. Rutgers, and the defense as a whole shut the Scarlet Knights down after their second field goal early in the second quarter.

Suggestions have ranged from more edge work to getting him in the slot and bringing in Miles Sanders to a wide array of considerations, but at the end of the day, when the protection is spotty and teams are gearing up to stop Barkley no matter what, it's hard to envision how the situation will get better over the final two weeks.

"What's going to be different as a response to a loss", offensive lineman Dorian Miller said, "I think now that a lot of the younger guys know, 'This is how it feels to win, this is how it feels to put together a complete game and win a game, ' I think a loss will sting more". Barkley, a Heisman Trophy candidate, was slowed again.

McSorley finished the day 16-of-21 for 214 yards and two TDs. Rutgers made its sixth first down of the game on the fourth play of the second quarter, but didn't pick up its seventh until just under 6 minutes remained in the fourth quarter. "He was able to scramble around and extend drives with his feet". The difference, though, was that Rutgers missed the field goal on the ensuing drive in last year's game. He added a 25-yarder later in the first, but Rutgers' momentum ended there.

So, even though the Scarlet Knights had outplayed PSU for the first 20 minutes, the Lions had the lead.

Robert Martin led Rutgers with 71 yards on 11 carries.

"We still have three games left here", Barkley said.

Ryan Bates, who was hurt October 28 against Ohio State, missed his second game with an undisclosed injury. And this quote could've been said after either game.

Not bad for an undersized player whose only Division I scholarship offer to play quarterback came from Penn State. Franklin didn't elaborate and didn't answer a reporter's question, walking out of the media room when asked whether Bowen would return. Both players dealt with injuries last season.

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights let a rare chance to win back-to-back games slip away after a solid first half.

Rutgers' opening kickoff was short, and Barkley, the deep man, didn't come up and aggressively get the ball.

Penn State: Three games ago, Penn State was sitting at No. 2 and had a clear path to the playoff with a bona fide Heisman Trophy front-runner in Barkley leading the offense.

The loss to Penn State followed a similar script to Rutgers' loss to MI last month: Play a tight first half, make a few too many mistakes on individual plays and run out of gas in the second half against a more talented opponent.

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