Penn State 35, Rutgers 6 What we learned

Posted November 13, 2017

Quarterback Trace McSorley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 16 Penn State beat Rutgers at a Beaver Stadium Homecoming on Saturday. His 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Penn State a 7-6 lead with 9:32 left in the second quarter. Best blocks: Penn State left tackle Will Fries and left guard Steven Gonzalez opened big holes on Barkley's touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards in the fourth quarter.

The Scarlet Knights turned a two-point deficit into a 61-48 lead with 5:17 to go. Most telling statistic: Penn State held Rutgers without a first down for 36 minutes, from early in the second quarter until the middle of the fourth quarter.

The Blue Devils shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, while Rutgers managed just 30.3 percent.

Worst pass: Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno overshot Hunter Hayek, who was open deep over the middle in the fourth quarter. Disciplinary report: Penn State outside linebacker Manny Bowen, a starter in every game before Saturday, was not in uniform.

McSorley became Penn State's all-time touchdown leader with 68, overtaking Daryll Clark's record of 65. They did score on the next two possessions. Barkley added a red-zone leap, landing at the Rutgers 1-yard line, and scored two plays later.

The Blue Devils played without coach Donyell Marshall and assistant Anthony Anderson, both of whom were suspended for the first two games in what school officials called a "personal matter".

Penn State may be out of the Big Ten and College Football Playoff title chases, but it can still make a New Year's Six bowl, and so that's the aim now along with finishing the regular season with 10 wins. 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.