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Rutgers on the menu for Penn State homecoming

Rutgers on the menu for Penn State homecoming

Three thoughts from No. 14 Penn State's 35-6 win over Rutgers as the Nittany Lions improved to 8-2. With Penn State trailing 6-0, he faked a handoff to Saquon Barkley and weaved his way through the Rutgers' second level for a 20-yard touchdown run.

That's when the Nittany Lions woke up.

Despite last weeks loss, quarterback Trace McSorley is coming off a historic performance, becoming Penn State's career passing touchdown leader.

The last two weeks of Penn State football has been very frustrating for the team and its fans. "He came in his redshirt-freshman year in the Tax Slayer Bowl and started slinging it and he's been making plays ever since".

The hook-and-hurdle: More than a couple times at Penn State practice this year, reporters have been on-hand to see Joe Moorhead's wild wrinkle: a wide receiver tunnel screen, followed by a pitch to the running back.

Penn State had a heck of a Saturday. However, the Lions' defense held the Scarlet Knights to just a field goal.

Penn State showed it in a game for the first time Saturday and ran it to perfection. The Scarlet Knights led 3-0 after one, the first time all season the Lions were shut out in the first quarter.

The Scarlet Knights have managed to turn their season around, winning three of their last four, but they have struggled offensively, especially when trying to throw the ball. And this quote could've been said after either game. Barkley, a Heisman Trophy candidate, ran for just 35 yards on 14 carries.

Gus Edwards leads the team in rushing with 140 carries for 630 yards and 6 touchdowns. His two highlights were a 97-yard kick return to open the game and then a 36-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. "He keeps people honest, keeps them on their toes". The latter drive included completions of 17 and 10 yards to Johnson and a pass interference penalty against Rutgers.

The highlight of the first possession was a hook and ladder play as McSorley found Hamilton, who then lateraled the ball to Barkley, who hurdled a Rutgers defender and nearly scored. Rutgers was allowing 180 yards a game on the ground, but Penn State was unable to take advantage of that and totaled just 90 rushing yards.

McSorley capped off his big day with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Gesicki in the fouirth quarter. Luckily, Rutgers is just the team they need. Harte capped the drive with a 25-yard field goal less than four minutes into the second quarter. McSorley was blasted this week for being a major reason why Penn State is toast in the playoff hunt. Barkley went over left guard for the TD two plays later.

Safety Marcus Allen praised Cabinda as well, calling him the "quarterback of the defense".

The home finale for Penn State will be next week when the 4-6 Nebraska Cornhuskers visit Beaver Stadium.


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