Trace McSorley Leads Penn State Past Kent State 63-10
No. 11 Penn State beat Kent State 63-10 Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
Trace McSorley led the Nittany Lions to victory with five touchdowns against the Golden Flashes. Penn State’s 643 yards of total offense is its most in a game since beating Rutgers in 1995.
How It Happened
KJ Hamler’s 56-yard touchdown catch on the second play from scrimmage was overturned due to a holding penalty on center Michal Menet, but Kent State gave the ball right back after Blake Gillikin was hit on the ensuing punt.
DeAndre Thompkins laid out for his first catch of the season on a 40-yard touchdown from McSorley to make it 7-0. The Golden Flashes soon tied things up on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Woody Barrett to Mike Carrigan.
McSorley gave Penn State a 14-7 lead with a 1-yard touchdown run immediately after surpassing 1,000 career rushing yards. The graduate senior broke Michael Robinson’s record for rushing touchdowns by a Penn State quarterback with his 23rd, from 2 yards out, to make it 21-7. McSorley’s first interception of the season set up a 24-yard Matthew Trickett field goal.
True freshmen Trent Gordon and Jayson Oweh made their Penn State debuts in the first half, with Gordon lining up on special teams and Oweh rotating in at defensive end. Later in the game, classmates Jahan Dotson, Justin Shorter, Daniel George, and Zack Kuntz saw time on offense.
Hamler’s 52-yard kick return gave the Nittany Lions excellent field position before McSorley found from end zone on a 13-yard scramble. It was more of the same in the second half, as Mark Allen and Ricky Slade scored rushing touchdowns of 7 and 2 yards, respectively.
McSorley hit Brandon Polk for a 41-yard touchdown to give Penn State a 49-10 lead over the Golden Flashes with 2:37 left in the third quarter, becoming the first Big Ten quarterback with at least three rushing touchdowns and two passing scores in a game since Ohio State’s Braxton Miller.
Third-string quarterback Sean Clifford set the record for the longest pass in program history with a 95-yard touchdown to George in the fourth quarter. Johnathan Thomas ripped off a 69-yard run to spur one last scoring drive, finding the end zone from 15 yards out a few plays later.
Junior linebacker Cam Brown led Penn State’s defense with seven tackles, while Oweh and Shareef Miller contributed two sacks apiece against the Golden Flashes.
Player of the Game
Trace McSorley | Quarterback
The Ashburn, VA, native has now accounted for 88 touchdowns in a Penn State uniform. He had 283 total yards.
The Nittany Lions (3-0) open Big Ten play on the road at Illinois Friday in a 9 p.m. ET clash at Memorial Stadium. The game will air on FS1.
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Clifford will take the job left vacant by Trace McSorley, who went 31-9 as the Nittany Lions’ QB1 in three seasons at the helm of the team’s offense.
2019 seems to break a trend for Penn State football, which usually named just three captains per season (one on offense, defense, and special teams).
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