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No. 10/9 Penn State Runs Past Illinois, 63-24

No. 10/9 Penn State Runs Past Illinois, 63-24

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – No. 10/9 Penn State totaled 387 rushing yards, led by 200 yards and three touchdowns from junior running back Miles Sanders, as it defeated Illinois, 63-24, Friday night in Memorial Stadium in the Big Ten football opener for both teams

Penn State (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten)  put the game out of reach with 42 unanswered points in the second half, with 35 coming in the fourth quarter. Penn State had built a 21-7 lead to start, only to see Illinois (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) score the next 17 points for a 24-21 lead early in the third quarter. However, a Sanders 48-yard touchdown run with 8:36 remaining in the third quarter put Penn State back in the lead, and the Lions never looked back.

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McSorley Leads No. 11/10 Penn State Past Kent State, 63-10

McSorley Leads No. 11/10 Penn State Past Kent State, 63-10

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior quarterback Trace McSorleyaccounted for five touchdowns as No. 11/10 Penn State football totaled 643 yards of total offense in a 63-10 victory over Kent State in non-conference football action Saturday afternoon in front of 106,528 fans at Beaver Stadium.

For the Penn State (3-0) offense, McSorley threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 54 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns. His top target was DeAndre Thompkins, who made four catches for 101 yards, including a diving 40-yard reception in the end zone. On the ground, seven Penn Staters combined for 297 yards with Miles Sanders posting 86 yards on 14 carries, while Mark AllenRicky Slade and Johnathan Thomaseach rushing for a touchdown.

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No. 13/10 Penn State Pulls Away from Pitt, 51-6

No. 13/10 Penn State Pulls Away from Pitt, 51-6

PITTSBURGH – No. 13/10 Penn State never trailed as success in all three phases of the game and a dominant second half led the Nittany Lions to a 51-6 victory over Pittsburgh on a rainy Saturday night at Heinz Field.

The 45-point margin of victory was the largest in the Penn State-Pitt series since a 52-point win (65-9) over the Panthers in 1968.

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Thirty-Four Nittany Lion Football Alums on NFL Rosters

Thirty-Four Nittany Lion Football Alums on NFL Rosters

Thirty-four former Penn State players were on the rosters of 21 National Football League (NFL) teams as the NFL season opens. The Nittany Lions are perennially a top-20 program in producing players in the NFL. A total of 24 Penn State players made 53-man rosters, while the Nittany Lions have five former players on practice squads and four Penn Staters currently on injured reserve with NFL teams. In addition, there are two Nittany Lions on NFL rosters who did not play football at Penn State in Chris Hogan (New England) and Ross Travis (Indianapolis).

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Penn State-Pittsburgh Game Notes

Penn State-Pittsburgh Game Notes

No. 10/9 Penn State and Pittsburgh meet on the gridiron for the 99th time Saturday at Heinz Field for the third installment of the Keystone Classic presented by Peoples Natural Gas. The primetime tilt is set to start at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Penn State returns to Heinz Field for the first time since 2016 when the teams renewed their historic series. Pitt prevailed, fending off a Penn State rally for a 42-39 victory, but the Nittany Lions answered with a 33-14 victory last season in Beaver Stadium.

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