Leading by Example
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State wide receiver Juwan Johnson can just about always be found on the field post-practice surrounded by seniors DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki.
It’s a roughly two-year routine, originally started around spring ball and something Gesicki joked about earlier this week, wondering who Johnson might select to join him next year. It begins with pass-catching but each session ends with 20 contested catches and wet ball drills.
In an emotional start to a damp and chilly evening at Beaver Stadium Saturday, Penn State honored its 23 seniors and their families pregame.
Nittany Lions did not disappoint on the special day, sending the 2017 seniors out with an emphatic 56-44 win against Nebraska for a second consecutive undefeated season at home, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in more than 30 years.
BARKLEY SETS PENN STATE TD RECORD IN 56-44 WIN OVER NEBRASKA
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Running back Saquon Barkleyand quarterback Trace McSorley scored three touchdowns each as Penn State (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) totaled 609 yards of offense in a 56-44 victory over Nebraska (4-7, 3-5 Big Ten) in Big Ten football action Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium.
Penn State extended its home winning streak to 14 games, completing its home schedule with a second consecutive perfect 7-0 record for its first back-to-back undefeated home seasons since 1985 and 1986.
FANS INVITED TO BTN TAILGATE AND NISSAN HEISMAN HOUSE ON SATURDAY
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State’s Senior Day contest presented by the Penn State Alumni Association against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 18 will provide fans with an opportunity to be a part of two touring college football programs.
For the first time, BTN Tailgate will originate from Happy Valley, airing live Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon on Big Ten Network. The program will be located just outside Gate A at the Bryce Jordan Center, adjacent to Penn State’s Fan Fest on Curtin Road. BTN Tailgate is hosted by Dave Revsine, with analysts Gerry DiNardo, Stanley Jackson and former Nittany Lion NFL first round selection Anthony “Spice” Adams. Michelle McMahon is the program’s reporter.
Nebraska Luncheon Event Players – Nick Eury and Justin Weller
PENN STATE-NEBRASKA TO KICK AT 4 P.M.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Nittany Lions close out their home schedule and celebrate Senior Day against Nebraska Saturday in a game that will kick at 4 p.m. on FS1 In addition, the game will also be available on the Penn State Sports Network (2:30 p.m. airtime) and GoPSUsports.com.
Penn State is 7-9 all-time against Nebraska, but is 5-3 in games played in Happy Valley. The last time the squads squared off, The Cornhuskers claimed a 23-20 overtime win in Beaver Stadium, despite Zach Zwinakrushing for 149 yards and Christian Hackenberg throwing for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Glenn Carsonled the defensive effort with 10 tackles, while C.J. OIaynian and Jesse Della Valle each had fumble recoveries.
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.