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[Live Blog] Penn State vs. Rutgers

Greetings from a Piscataway, New Jersey, Penn State fans! James Franklin’s Nittany Lions travel to take on Rutgers tonight for their penultimate game of the season. We’ll have live updates throughout tonight’s 8 p.m. contest on this page, including analysis, photos, tweets, and more.

Penn State football wins easily, shutting out Rutgers 39-0. Thanks for following along!

4th Quarter

0:00: Stevens’ play is the last of the game and Penn State wins 39-0. Now all Penn State needs to clinch the Big Ten East is a win against Michigan State next week and Ohio State to win against Michigan next week. Penn State has won its last seven. Time for that naked lap!!

0:06: TOMMY STEVENS AGAIN! He runs it but is down before the end zone. We’re good with it.

0:49: Tommy Stevens takes it for another first down. It’s Tommy Stevens time, folks.

4:07: TOUCHDOWN TOMMY STEVENS! The quarterback takes it into the end zone himself and Tyler Davis hits the extra point to make it 39-0. There is nobody left in the stadium. Literally.

6:10: Second-string quarterback Tommy Stevens is in for Penn State. Never count out Tommy.

8:00: TOUCHDOWN PENN STATE!! Mark Allen pinballs between defenders and knocks his way into the end zone and Tyler Davis hits the PAT to make it 32-0. The refs call unsportsmanlike conduct on Allen because he took his helmet off before he got to the sideline, but the points still count.

11:13: McSorley again!! The quarterback spins out of two tackles and takes it for another first down! Sanders gets a few more on the next play; 10 to be exact, and runs for another first down.

12:31: McSorley takes it himself for a first down. Miles Sanders gets the call on the next play but barely gets a yard.

14:02: Rutgers punts for the tenth time from the 34.

3rd Quarter

0:00: Penn State is dominating. The stadium is empty. This is Penn State football #AnnihilateTheState.

3:32: TOUCHDOWN Penn State!!! Andre Robinson runs it two yards for the touchdown. Fessler fumbles the snap and tries to recover and throw but misses every semblance of a Penn State receiver in the end zone. 25-0 Penn State. Remember our drinking game:


4:30: Barkley takes it up the middle for nine yards but is down on the play. Rutgers’ Brandon Russell hits him hard and he’s down for a while. Everyone is holding their breath to say the least

4:50: Rutgers punts yet again, getting the Lions the ball on the opposing 37. On the next play, Barkley takes it 18 yards for a first down.

6:45: Tyler Davis hits his career-high fourth field goal in a single game to make it 19-0 Penn State.

9:32: Offsides on Rutgers results in a Penn State first down. On the next play, Barkley gets a short pass from McSorley and takes it to the Penn State 20. First down and 20 to the end zone.

11:21: Penn State blitzes and takes down the Rutgers running back far behind the line of scrimmage. That brings up a fourth down and Rutgers brings on the punt squad. There’s a flag on the punt but no foul. First down for Penn State at the 45.

12:33: TOUCHDOWN BARKLEY! The sophomore is down close to the line but the refs call it in play! Tyler Davis puts it through the post to make it 16-0.

13:53: JUWAN JOHNSON BLOCKS THE PUNT! Garrett Taylor recovers and Penn State takes over at the Rutgers 10-yard line.

15:00: Rutgers starts with the ball. To kick things off. In other news, Vonn Walker is out for the rest of the night, according to the Big Ten Network.

2nd Quarter

0:00: Rutgers lets the play clock run out to end the half. Penn State leads 9-0 going into the locker room.

0:59: McSorley gets after an incomplete pass that brings up a fourth down. He’s currently getting looked at by trainers and the Nittany Lions punt to Rutgers. Vonn Walker is even worse off on the play, who needs help getting off the field.

2:00: Koa Farmer trips up Rutgers behind the line of scrimmage to bring up a 4th down. Penn State grabs the Rutgers punt at the 11 to try an 89-yard march with less than two minutes to go in the half .

5:28: Joey Julius utilises the wind at his back and sails the kick off into the end zone. Rutgers lines up at the 20.

5:33: McSorley looks deep to Godwin in the end zone but some (not called) pass interference forces Penn State to kick a field goal. The Lions are up 9-0 after Davis sends it through the middle of the posts from the 41-yard line.

5:43: Barkley is on the sidelines after taking the last tackle to the head. Miles Sanders is in but lets what would be a touchdown pass slip off his fingers. 3rd and 10 Penn State.

7:10: Rutgers can’t make anything happen despite an offsides call on Garrett Sickels. The Scarlet Knights punt but the wind gets a hold of it and Penn State takes over with only 29-yards between them and the end zone.

9:03: Brian Gaia, the “mother hen” of the Lion’s Offensive Line, snaps it high. McSorley is able to get a tip on it but is short on time and forced to over through the end zone. Rutgers takes over on downs at the 2-yard line and calls a timeout.

10:32: DaeSean Hamilton powers through a group of Rutgers defenders gets it to the 10-yard line. After a few plays it’s 2nd and 4 at the five.

11:31: Barkey takes it to the 41-yard line for a first down!

12:48: Rutgers starts with the ball but is quick to run out of downs. The Scarlet Knights punt to Penn State, which takes over at the Rutgers 29.

1st Quarter

0:35: A “net issue” delays the game as the wind pushes the field goal net onto the posts and it gets stuck. Rutgers athletics has brought out a ladder to pull it off. Davis is finally getting a chance at the 34-yard attempt, which is good. 6-0 Penn State with 20 seconds to go at Rutgers.

1:01: McSorely fires to Barkley in the end zone but it’s short. However Rutgers is offsides and Penn State still gets five yards. Second and five.

1:31: Gesicki gets it short and makes the 1st down. Penn State is on its own 24.

1:42: Fourth and inches for Penn State after McSorely finds DeAndre Thompkins on a diving play. Rutgers takes a time out after seeing the Nittany Lions line up to go for it on fourth down.

3:02: McSorely evades pressure and throws to Mike Gesicki, who jumps and lands just in bounds to give Penn State the first down. First down, Penn State at the 41.

4:21: Rutgers makes it to the 50 but can’t get any more yardage. Rutgers kicks on fourth down but Penn State gets called offsides. Rutgers replays fourth down and kicks it into the end zone and Penn State will start at the 20 after the touch back.

6:39: Penn State can’t make anything happen and Tyler Davis comes on for the fourth down field goal attempt. The ball sails through the posts and Penn State goes up 3-0.

8:06: Barkley takes it to the 17-yard line! First down Nittany Lions.

9:15: Trace McSorley fires to Chris Godwin but it’s defected with some good defense from Rutgers. 2nd down.

10:14: Penn State is just short of a first down after a Saquon Barkley run. 3rd and 1 for the Nittany Lions.

10:48: Jason Cabinda knocks the Rutgers pass down and its 4th down for the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers punts from its 22-yard line and Penn State will take over on its own 40-yard line. The two are just trading punts in the first four minutes of this match.

12:06: Penn State isn’t able to make anything in three downs and comes on to punt. Rutgers will take over in its own 17.

13:35: Rutgers sends the kick from the 27 wide right and Penn State takes over. What an odd start to this game.

15:00: Oh no. Right from the get-go aren’t looking great. Rutgers kicks off to Penn State but Miles Sanders muffs the kick and kicks the ball down the field. Rutgers recovers the fumble and starts on their own


Rutgers athletics didn’t give credentials for the first time since 2010, so we’ll be covering from our parents’ basements. Bear with us.

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Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.

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