After the long winter, Beaver Stadium finally opened its doors again for Penn State football. The Blue-White game brought back the atmosphere in Happy Valley for the annual intrasquad spring game. Blue, featuring most of the projected starters come the fall, demolished White 37-0 as expected.
How It Happened
After the White squad opened the game with a quick three and out, Trace McSorley led his team down the field to get the opening touchdown of the game on a 15-yard throw to Chris Godwin. White had another short possession before giving the ball right back to Blue. Blue picked up yards quickly on its next possession with some shifty moves from Mark Allen and DaeSean Hamilton to get deep into White’s territory. The promising drive was ended after McSorley had his pass picked off by cornerback Amani Oruwariye. Blue’s offense couldn’t get points, but the defense got to White’s Tommy Stevens in the end zone for a safety to end the quarter 9-0.
It didn’t take long for Blue to get back on the scoreboard in the second quarter. McSorley showed some of his versatility moving outside the pocket to bring his team into the red zone before finding Saeed Blacknall for a 20-yard touchdown. Blue’s offense was back on the field in no time and continued to shove the ball straight down White’s throats. The drive was capped off with McSorley’s third touchdown pass of the game, this time two-yard pass to tight end Tom Pancoast. As the half came to a close, Blue had complete control with a 23-0 lead.
Picking up where it left off at the end of the half, Blue scored within minutes after another touchdown pass. McSorley found DeAndre Thompkins, who switched teams at the half, up the middle for a 35-yard score. With some help from Mark Allen, who also switched teams at the half, White got into Blue’s red zone. Stevens looked more confident, creating havoc on the ground and hitting Danny Dalton with a long strike over the middle. The quarter ended with White driving, but still down 30-0.
Despite getting to the red zone, White came up empty after a turnover on downs. Tommy Stevens switched over to the Blue team on its next possession. Stevens immediately had an impact, bringing Blue deep into White territory. Andre Robinson finished off the drive with a 28-yard touchdown run. Billy Fessler came in for the final drive of the game and brought White within field goal range, but Tyler Davis couldn’t convert the 41-yard field goal to end the game 37-0.
Player Of The Game
Trace McSorley | Redshirt Sophomore | Quarterback
The Ashburn, Va., native finished with four touchdowns against only one pick, going 23-of-27 for 281 yards.
The Nittany Lions will have a significant break before officially starting preseason camp later this summer.