Penn State 35, Rutgers 6 What we learned

Sunday, 12 Nov, 2017

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Penn State is the heavy favorite at home, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -31 points against Rutgers. Penn State had a passing game, however, which Rutgers wasn't going to stop.

Saquon Barkley ran for a 1-yard touchdown and a 4-yard score in the third quarter for Penn State. The Lions held Rutgers without a first down in the third quarter.

The McSorley-to-Gesicki touchdown in the fourth quarter was the ninth and final play of a 62-yard drive.

Penn State will be looking to return to the win column after losing to Ohio State by a point in Columbus and by three points to Michigan State last Saturday in East Lansing.

"It just gets us back on our feet", Hamilton said.

Penn State is No. 16 in the AP Poll.

Forty-three of those 200 yards came through the air Saturday for Rutgers, as Rescigno once again could not place his passes, going 7-20.

Not at all. The Scarlet Knights connected on a field goal, and their counterparts didn't respond at all. It continued into the first quarter before the Lions' roster advantages kicked in.

The second quarter did not begin any better than the first for the Lions as Rutgers started off driving deep into Lions territory.

The Penn State defense limited the Scarlet Knights after its team trailed 6-0. And now, through the first two games of November, the running back only has 98 total yards on the ground and 899 on the season.

He finished the day with 14 carries for 35 yards. It also gave Penn State a 21-6 lead, starting the rout.

Head coach James Franklin should still be concerned about the lack of a run game. "He keeps people honest, keeps them on their toes". Edwards also ran five times for 32 yards in the march. On third-and-9 from the Rutgers 15, McSorley hit Hamilton with a short pass, and he pitched to Barkley, who hurdled a tackler while advancing to the 1.

Penn State: Three games ago, Penn State was sitting at No. 2 and had a clear path to the playoff with a bona fide Heisman Trophy front-runner in Barkley leading the offense. After Rutgers went up 6-0 early in the second stanza, McSorley found Mike Gesicki for a 19-yard gain, followed by a 25-yard connection to Hamilton and a 20-yard touchdown run by the quarterback.

Veteran walk-on Brandon Smith started in Bowen's spot and made 10 tackles.

"Jason's been tremendous in his entire career here", Franklin said. "We got our momentum back, and we got our groove back".

"We just have to go out and play confident", McSorley said at the time.

"It's just makes your job easier as a safety (playing with Cabinda)", Allen said.

Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.

Jack Miller is a freelance writer in State College.

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