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McSorley and Gillikin Named CoSIDA Academic All-District
Junior punter Blake Gillikin (Smyrna, Ga.) and senior quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) were named CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. Gillikin collects all-district accolades for the second-straight season. The pair is now on the ballot for CoSIDA Academic All-America.
Gillikin has a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA as a kinesiology major. He received the President’s Award for freshmen in 2016 and was presented with The Evan Pugh Scholar Award, given to those juniors and seniors who are in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes, in May 2018. Gillikin is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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No. 14 Penn State Wins at Rutgers, 20-7
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – A pair of touchdowns by freshman tight end Pat Freiermuth and three takeaways on defense led No. 14 Penn State past Rutgers, 20-7, in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in HighPoint.com Stadium.
Quarterback Trace McSorley went 17-of-37 passing for 183 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and rushed for 39 yards on seven carries for Penn State (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten). It was the 30th time in his career that he led the Nittany Lions to victory, setting the school record. In addition, he became just third quarterback in Big Ten history to surpass 100 career touchdowns responsible for, joining Drew Brees (Purdue) and J.T. Barrett (Ohio State) as the only Big Ten quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.
Luncheon Event Menu for 11/14/2018 Has Been Posted
Windsor Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week
Junior defensive tackle Robert Windsor (Fond du Lac, Wis.) earned his first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award after his performance against his home-state Wisconsin Badgers. He is the second Nittany Lion to win defensive weekly honors this season (Yetur Gross-Matos vs. Iowa).
Windsor was a key cog in the Penn State defense that held the Badgers to their fewest points (10) since 2016 and fewest passing yards (60) since 2014 in a 22-10 win Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Windsor finished second on the team with a career-high-tying six tackles, including a personal-best 2.0 sacks. Windsor’s previous personal mark for sacks was 1.5 against Illinois earlier this season. After allowing 79 yards on Wisconsin’s opening possession, the Nittany Lion defense buckled down to allow just 190 yards the rest of the game. The 269 yards of total offense for Wisconsin is 178.2 yards below the Badgers’ season average (447.2). The Penn State defensive line accounted for five sacks, led by Windsor’s 2.0 quarterback hits. Entering the game, Wisconsin had only allowed 13 sacks all season.
Penn State-Rutgers Game to Kick at noon
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 20-ranked Nittany Lions travel to Rutgers for their final road game of the regular season Saturday for a noon kick on Big Ten Network. In addition, the game will also be available on the Penn State Sports Network (10:30 a.m. airtime) and GoPSUsports.com.
Penn State is 26-2 all-time against Rutgers, including a 5-0 mark in away games. The last time the teams met in Piscataway, Penn State posted a 39-0 win in tough weather conditions in 2016. Last season, the Scarlet Knights took the early 6-0 lead, but Penn State reeled off 35 unanswered points to secure the Homecoming win. Trace McSorley was 16-for-21 for 214 yards and two touchdowns to lead the offense, while Jason Cabinda had 11 tackles, including one tackle for loss, and Brandon Smith made 10 stops to pace the defense.
No. 20 Penn State Stifles Wisconsin, 22-10
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 20 Penn State limited Wisconsin to its lowest point total (10 points) since 2016 and Miles Sanders rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown as the Nittany Lions earned a 22-10 win over the Badgers Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
Wisconsin (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) was first on the scoreboard with a touchdown on its first possession, but Penn State (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) outscored the Badgers 22-3 over the remainder of the game for its 10th-straight win over a Big Ten West Division opponent and fourth-straight win over Wisconsin. Penn State clinched its 14th consecutive winning season with the win, becoming one of just four teams to accomplish the feat thus far this season.
Luncheon Event Menu for 11/7/2018 Has Been Posted
Single Game Parking Sales to end for Wisconsin Game
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.– Penn State has announced that it will not sell any additional single game parking permits in advance of the Nov. 10 Wisconsin football game in Beaver Stadium. The contest will kick at noon or 3:30/4:00 p.m., with the kick time to be announced by Sunday.
The wet conditions that have persisted this fall and the impact of the Oct. 27 contest with Iowa have some grass lots in poor condition, with additional rain in the forecast during the next week. Penn State officials are monitoring the forecast and the prognosis for improving the conditions of the lots before making a final decision on possible lot closures for the Wisconsin game.