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PENN STATE-MICHIGAN STATE GAME NOTES
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Both Penn State and Michigan State will be looking to bounce back from their first Big Ten losses this season, as they will meet at noon Saturday in Spartan Stadium in an East Division matchup televised on FOX.
The Nittany Lions and Spartans will be competing for the Land Grant Trophy, a series in which Penn State holds a 14-7 advantage. Penn State is looking to retain the trophy after clinching both it and the Big Ten East Division Championship in last year’s meeting.
BARKLEY WINS B1G WEEKLY HONOR
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) garnered Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his performances at No. 6 Ohio State. Barkley wins his fifth Big Ten weekly award of the season (8 weeks) and second special teams honor of the season.
He has earned nine conference honors (five offensive, two freshman, two special teams) in his career. Barkley’s five career offensive weekly honors are tied for ninth in Big Ten history.
NO. 2 PENN STATE FALLS SHORT AT NO. 6 OSU
COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 6 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 2 Penn State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten), 39-38, in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in Ohio Stadium.
Penn State did not yield the lead until Ohio State’s final score with 1:48 remaining, as Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett connected with Marcus Baugh on a 16-yard touchdown. The loss snapped the Nittany Lions’ 15-game regular season winning streak and 13-game Big Ten winning streak.
Sean Spencer Q&A – Ohio State Week
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer joined the weekly assistant coaches conference call during Ohio State week.
Talking everything from the Buckeyes to the Nittany Lion scout team, catch up on a few highlights from the teleconference.
Spencer on Dobbins
Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins’ 7.8 yards per carry currently ranks fourth best in the nation as the top number among freshmen. The true freshman has rushed for 775 yards in seven starts and the Nittany Lions have taken notice. With great feel and balance, Spencer tabbed Dobbins a tremendous player with the ability to make all the runs.
“When you continue to play teams, each week there is going to be a guy who presents problems,” Spencer said. “Clearly we have to be conscious of him with our preparation throughout the week but we have to prepare for them as a unit because they’re a great team. Not really singling out one person, but just focusing on gap control and doing those types of things and rush lanes so that we’re where we’re supposed to be when we need to be.”
Tuesday Roundup – Ohio State Week
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – As he does every week, Penn State head coach James Franklin met with members of the media Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference. Cornerback Grant Haley and offensive lineman Ryan Bates also joined him for a pair of additional media sessions.
The second-ranked Nittany Lions are fully underway in preparations for an upcoming road trip at No. 6 Ohio State.
“To get into Ohio State, we have so much respect for the university as a whole and the football program and their history and their tradition,” Franklin said. “Obviously Urban Meyer is one of the most respected coaches in college football and has been very successful there and everywhere else he’s been.”
The transition from more than 110,000 cheering fans clad in white to nearly 104,000 fans cheering against Penn State isn’t one that’s unfamiliar for the Nittany Lions, as they prepare to enter another tough road environment at Ohio Stadium.
PENN STATE-OHIO STATE GAME NOTES
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Carrying 4-0 Big Ten records entering the halfway point of the conference slate, No. 2 Penn State and No. 6 Ohio State will start breaking up a three-way tie for the division lead Saturday. The telecast from Ohio Stadium will begin at 3:30 p.m. on FOX.
It will be the highest-ranked Big Ten game Penn State has played in since 1997, when the also second-ranked Nittany Lions hosted No. 4 Michigan.
BARKLEY AND CABINDA EARN B1G WEEKLY HONORS
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) and senior linebacker Jason Cabinda (Flemington, N.J.) claimed Big Ten Player of the Week honors for their performances against No. 19 Michigan. Barkley, the Offensive Player of the Week, wins his fourth Big Ten weekly award of the season (7 weeks), while Cabinda claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week.
The offensive honor is the third of the season for Barkley, who also has a Special Teams Player of the Week award to his credit this season. He has earned eight conference honors (five offensive, two freshman, one special teams) in his career.
MCSORLEY NAMED CAMP PLAYER OF THE WEEK
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) earned the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week award after his performance against No. 19 Michigan. He is the ninth Penn State player to claim Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors, but the first offensive selection.
The last Penn State player to earn Walter Camp weekly honors was Brandon Bell last season vs. Michigan State.
McSorley was 17-of-26 for 282 passing yards and a touchdown against the Wolverines. He also hurt Michigan with his legs, recording 76 rushing yards and a career-high three touchdowns. McSorley has thrown a touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games, dating to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, extending his Penn State record. The streak is the second-longest active streak in the FBS (Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield). He also had his 12th career game with both a rushing and passing touchdown. McSorley is the first Penn State quarterback to run for three touchdowns in a game since at least 1982.
NO. 2 NITTANY LIONS TOP NO. 19 MICHIGAN, 42-13
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In front of a raucous, Beaver Stadium-record crowd of 110,823, Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley scored three touchdowns each to lead No. 2 Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) past No. 19 Michigan (5-2, 2-2 Big Tenin Big Ten football action Saturday night), 42-13.
Michigan entered the game boasting the FBS’ top total defense (223.8 ypg), but Barkley set the tone early, scoring two rushing touchdowns in the first five minutes, highlighted by a 69-yard touchdown on the game’s second play from scrimmage. He also helped put the game away in the fourth quarter, catching a 42-yard touchdown pass from McSorley. The catch gave him the yards necessary to become the first Penn State player and the fourth in Big Ten history to total 3,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards.