[Live Blog] Blue-White Game 2016
Good afternoon, Penn State fans! The Blue team will take on the White team in today’s spring scrimmage at Beaver Stadium — the third under James Franklin.
We will have rolling updates throughout the game on this page, including analysis, photos, and more. Today’s action will not be broadcast on live TV, but a tape delay of the game will run on the Big Ten Network. In case you missed it, Penn State will auction off the game balls to benefit its chapter of Uplifting Athletes. Here are the rosters and our staff predictions (it looks like the Nittany Lions will go 1-0 this week, so celebrate with the Onward State victory playlist).
5:16 – Walk-on quarterback Billy Fessler got his shot to lead the White offense and immediately dialed up an impressive 22-yard completion to Gregg Garrity, Jr. Defensive end Torrence Brown batted down Fessler’s pass on second and 15, bring up third and long from the Blue squad’s 41-yard line. Tyler Davis missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired. 37-0 Blue is your final score from Beaver Stadium.
12:00 – After the White team’s drive stalled in the red zone, Stevens swapped jerseys to lead the Blue offense and picked up where he left off, showing an improved command of Joe Moorhead’s attack. Andre Robinson continued his strong outing with a 30-yard touchdown run down the right sideline. 37-0 Blue.
6:16 – Stevens and the White team had a tough time building momentum on their next drive, but true freshman tight end Danny Dalton added a boost of confidence by picking up a solid chunk of yardage. Stevens finally looked comfortable leading the offense and produced a few nifty gains with his feet. After three quarters of play, the Blue squad held on to a commanding 30-0 lead.
12:00 – After a stellar first half, McSorley was back out with the first-team Blue offense. Andre Robinson switched jerseys and joined the Blue squad during the intermission. Robinson showed some encouraging flashes on the drive before McSorley found a wide open DeAndre Thompkins, who also switched sides, up the middle for another easy touchdown. 30-0 Blue.
0:45 – The White team started its drive on the slow side, but Stevens found tight end Jon Holland for seven yards up the middle. Stevens rolled right but his pass fell incomplete, forcing a punt seconds before the break. 23-0 Blue at the half.
7:38 – Redshirt freshman defensive end Shareef Miller sacked McSorley for a loss of three on first down. On third and 13, Hamilton darted across the middle and McSorley found him wide open for a first down. Blacknall made a nice catch in the slot before getting popped by Miller. Defensive end Colin Castagna broke through the line to sack McSorley for an eight-yard loss. The Blue squad got 14 yards back on an impressive pass to Mark Allen down the left sideline. McSorley connected with Chris Godwin on a beautiful out route, bringing up first and goal. McSorley rolled right and tossed an easy two-yard score to tight end Tom Pancoast. 23-0 Blue.
9:24 – Stevens and the White team started their drive from the 25-yard line. After losing two yards on first down, Stevens ran for four yards up the middle, bringing up third and eight. Defensive end Garrett Sickels came up with a sack to force the punt.
12:00 – On first and ten from the 37-yard line, McSorley located Blacknall for a gain of five. Allen took a counter for the first down before McSorley rolled left, finding Hamilton to move the chains on a gorgeous connection. McSorley’s hooked up with Blacknall for a 22-yard touchdown — his second on the day — in the right corner of the end zone. 16-0 Blue.
0:15 – The Blue team started from its own 25. McSorley’s pass to Hamilton on first down moved the chains as time expired in the first quarter.
1:33 – Stevens relied on his legs to pick up six yards on second down, but a holding call on Connor McGovern the next play backed the White team up deep into its own territory. Defensive end Evan Schwan broke through the offensive line to sack Stevens in the end zone for a safety. 9-0 Blue squad.
4:02 – McSorley and the Blue squad started its second drive from its own 26-yard line. Allen took a swing pass on first down to the right and made a few defenders miss for a gain of eight. Redshirt junior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton utilized a little shake and bake of his own for a nice pickup down the left sideline, before offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead fed Allen again. Cornerback Amani Oruwariye picked off McSorley on a pass intended for Gesicki.
7:33 – Stevens burst through the middle to move the chains before finding redshirt freshman wideout Juwan Johnson to keep the drive rolling toward midfield. On second and seven, Stevens tossed a 45-yard dime to Johnson down the right sideline but the play was ruled incomplete. Gregg Garrity, Jr. made the fair catch two plays later.
10:26 – Redshirt sophomore quarterback Trace McSorley trotted out to lead the Blue offense and took command right away, connecting with Saeed Blacknall for a solid gain on an out route. Running back Mark Allen used nimble footwork to break free up the middle, before tight end Mike Gesicki hauled in a diving catch to reach the red zone. Chris Godwin capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown catch from McSorley to make it 7-0 Blue.
12:00 – Today’s contest features 12-minute quarters and a running clock. The pregame captains — Tommy Stevens and Von Walker for the White team, and Malik Golden and Linebacker U great NaVorro Bowman for the Blue squad — took the field before an uncontested kickoff got things started. Stevens and the White squad went three and out their first drive.
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