3 takeaways from win over Rutgers in Week 11

Kristopher Drake
November 13, 2017

McSorley became Penn State's all-time touchdown leader with 68, overtaking Daryll Clark's record of 65 with one rushing and two passing scores. Best pass: McSorley fired a strike to DaeSean Hamilton for a 36-yard gain to the MI 27, setting up McSorley's 3-yard touchdown run late in the first half. The Scarlet Knights (4-6, 3-4) recovered and kicked the first of two field goals that gave them a 6-0 lead early in the second quarter. Penn State fans may recall seeing a QB sneak as recently as 2013.

Struggled to get things going on the ground - he finished with just 35 yards - but he scored two touchdowns, and his 11-yard run on a hook-and-lateral play in the third quarter set up the backbreaking Penn State touchdown. Quarterback Gio Rescigno completed only seven of 20 passes for 43 yards.

Best pass: McSorley zinged a 22-yard slant pass to Hamilton for a touchdown with 1:13 left in the second quarter, extending the PSU lead to 14-6. Worst pass: Rescigno rolled right in the third quarter and tried to hit tight end Myles Nash, but his pass landed in the chest of linebacker Cam Brown, who dropped it. Best hit: Penn State linebacker Jason Cabinda stuffed tight end Jerome Washington for a 2-yard loss on a fake punt in the third quarter. Barkley went over left guard for the TD two plays later. Coach James Franklin said Bowen was suspended for a violation of team rules.

Penn State received the opening kickoff. Senior Brandon Smith started in his place and made 10 tackles.


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.

Ryan Bates, who was hurt October 28 against Ohio State, missed his second game with an undisclosed injury.

Rutgers can't throw the ball.

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