No. 2 Penn State Whites Out No. 19 Michigan 42-13
No. 2 Penn State cruised past No. 19 Michigan 42-13 in Saturday night’s White Out, which set a new Beaver Stadium record with 110,823 in attendance.
The Nittany Lions outgained Michigan 506-269 in an offensive clinic that saw Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley have a hand in all six touchdowns. James Franklin finally secured his first victory over Jim Harbaugh in his fourth attempt.
How It Happened
Barkley took the second play from scrimmage 69 yards to the house out of the wildcat formation. The junior running back added a 15-yard touchdown four minutes later to give Penn State a 14-0 lead with 10:11 left in the first quarter. Barkley soon passed Tony Hunt for third place on the program’s all-time rushing list.
The Nittany Lions have yet to allow a single point in the first quarter this season.
David Long picked off McSorley to set up Michigan’s first points of the ballgame. The Wolverines cut the deficit to 14-6 following Karan Higdon’s 1-yard touchdown, but Quinn Nordin missed the PAT. Ty Isaac rumbled in from 6 yards with 1:45 left before the half, and Jim Harbaugh elected to kick it rather than go for two.
McSorley gave Penn State some breathing room with 53 seconds on the clock, rushing for a 3-yard touchdown to make it 21-13. Mike Gesicki even leapfrogged over McSorley like it was nothing to celebrate. McSorley scored his second rushing touchdown — a 13-yard dash to the left pylon — to give the Nittany Lions a 28-13 lead.
Barkley scored his third touchdown of the night on a beautiful 42-yard connection with McSorley down the right sideline. He bobbled the ball in stride and came down with it as Beaver Stadium erupted. Michigan essentially ran out of gas at this point, failing to score another point the rest of the way.
McSorley rushed for a 9-yard touchdown to cap the scoring at 42-13, marking the second-most points Penn State has ever put up against the Wolverines. Don Brown’s defense hadn’t surrendered more than 20 points to a team in its first six games of the season.
Player Of The Game
Saquon Barkley | Junior | Running back
The Coplay, Pa., native tallied 176 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns, adding another stellar entry to his Heisman campaign.
— Onward State (@OnwardState) October 22, 2017
The Nittany Lions (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) travel to Columbus next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. tilt versus No. 6 Ohio State on FOX.
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