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NO. 14 FB HOLDS BACK RUTGERS, 35-6
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 14 Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten) held Rutgers (4-6, 3-4 Big Ten) to 200 yards of total offense to extend its home winning streak to 13 games with a 35-6 Homecoming-victory in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium.
Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was responsible for three touchdowns, throwing for two and running for one to become Penn State’s sole leader in career touchdowns responsible for with 68, while running back Saquon Barkley added a pair of touchdown runs and set the Penn State all-purpose career yards record with 5,055 in his three seasons. The Nittany Lions had a slower than usual start, failing to score first and failing to score in the first quarter for the first time this season, but they did not look back after falling behind 6-0 in the second quarter, scoring the final 35 points in the game.
Rutgers Luncheon Event Players – Joe Arcangelo and Des Holmes
PENN STATE-RUTGERS GAME NOTES
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State welcomes alumni and Servicemembers in its annual Homecoming game and Military Appreciation game Saturday at noon against Rutgers. It will be televised on BTN.
The Nittany Lions are looking to return to the win column after back-to-back heartbreaking losses on the road by a total of just four points. Penn State has won its last 12 games in Beaver Stadium and will be bolstered by a Homecoming crowd that has cheered the Lions on to 10 wins in the last 12 Homecoming games.
DUO NAMED NATIONAL SEMIFINALISTS
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior quarterback Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.) and senior linebacker Brandon Smith (Winfield, Pa.) were each selected as semifinalists for national awards Tuesday. McSorley is among 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Year Award, while Smith is among the 20 semifinalists for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year.
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. Todd Blackledge (1982) and Kerry Collins (1994) are the Nittany Lions that have claimed the Davey O’Brien Award.
2017 Gameday – No. 7 Lions Visit No. 24 Spartans
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Seventh-ranked Penn State football (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) returns to the road this week, traveling to No. 25 Michigan State (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) for a noon matchup at Spartan Stadium Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan.
Both the Nittany Lions and the Spartans enter Saturday’s matchup coming off their first conference losses of the season. Penn State has regrouped and moved on from last weekend though, focused and aware of the newest challenge in front of the Nittany Lions.
Michigan State Luncheon Event Players – Daniel Pasquariello and Jason Vranic
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.”