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McSorley sets all-time Penn State TD mark in win vs. Rutgers

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Coach James Franklin saw Saturday's game against Rutgers as an opportunity to bounce back from a tough, two-loss stretch that all but ended Penn State's chance to play for a national championship.

It took a little longer than Franklin would have liked for the No. 16 Nittany Lions to rediscover the tools they used to dominate opponents in the first half of the season.

Trace McSorley accounted for 258 total yards and three touchdowns and Penn State overcame an early deficit with 35 unanswered points to beat the Scarlet Knights 35-6.

McSorley became Penn State's all-time touchdown leader with 68, overtaking Daryll Clark's record of 65 with one rushing and two passing scores. Trailing 6-0 with 11:16 left in the first quarter, Penn State's offense came alive with two deep McSorley passes that set up his own zigzagging 20-yard touchdown run. The scoring drive took just 1:44 and gave Penn State the lead for good.

''I think we're always at our best on offense when Trace factors into our running game and keeps people honest and keeps people on their toes,'' Franklin said.

McSorley threw touchdowns to DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki, and Saquon Barkley ran for two touchdowns for Penn State (8-2, 5-2 Big Ten). Barkley, a Heisman Trophy candidate, was slowed again. He ran for just 35 yards on 14 carries while McSorley added 44 yards on 13 carries.

''Their skill players were the difference in the game, including him,'' Rutgers coach Chris Ash said. ''He was able to scramble around and extend drives with his feet.''

Rutgers (4-6, 3-4) got a pair of field goals from Andrew Harte, including one from 33 yards after the Scarlet Knights recovered the opening kickoff. He added a 25-yarder later in the first, but Rutgers' momentum ended there.

The Scarlet Knights didn't get a first down in the second half until their final drive, which ended in a turnover on downs.

Robert Martin led Rutgers with 71 yards on 11 carries. Giovanni Rescigno completed 7 of 20 passes for 43 yards for the Scarlet Knights.

SLOWING SAQUON

Barkley, who looked like the Heisman favorite just three weeks ago, had little room to run behind an offensive line without its starting left tackle.

Ryan Bates, who was hurt Oct. 28 against Ohio State, missed his second game with an undisclosed injury. Barkley has been held to 63 rushing yards or fewer in each of the last three games.

''It's part of the game,'' Barkley said. ''Obviously I'm aware of what teams are going to try and do and teams are going to try to take away our run game and take away our backs.''

JUGGLING LINEBACKERS

Penn State was without starting outside linebacker Manny Bowen, who was suspended for a violation of team rules. Franklin didn't elaborate and didn't answer a reporter's question, walking out of the media room when asked whether Bowen would return.

Veteran walk-on Brandon Smith started in Bowen's spot and made 10 tackles.

INJURED KNIGHTS

Rutgers receiver Damon Mitchell left the game in the first half with an apparent left leg injury. He was hurt trying to cover a kick and was unable to put weight on his leg as he was helped off.

Receiver Janarion Grant also was seen receiving treatment on the bench for what appeared to be a lower body injury during the final few minutes of the game. He's battled injuries throughout his career and has missed three games this season.

THE TAKEAWAY

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights let a rare chance to win back-to-back games slip away after a solid first half. They're built to pound the ball and Rescigno showed off some scrambling ability to give Rutgers its best shot.

Penn State: Three games ago, Penn State was sitting at No. 2 and had a clear path to the playoff with a bona fide Heisman Trophy front-runner in Barkley leading the offense. With two losses and one shaky start later, Penn State can't get Barkley going on the ground, and his Heisman chances are becoming slimmer.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: Visits Indiana on Saturday.

Penn State: Hosts Nebraska on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:52
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
35
Touchdown 6:52
9-T.McSorley complete to 88-M.Gesicki. 88-M.Gesicki runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
62
yds
05:00
pos
6
34
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:42
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
28
Touchdown 1:42
26-S.Barkley runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
46
yds
02:11
pos
6
27
Point After TD 6:00
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
21
Touchdown 6:00
26-S.Barkley runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
55
yds
04:50
pos
6
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:13
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
14
Touchdown 1:13
9-T.McSorley complete to 5-D.Hamilton. 5-D.Hamilton runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
89
yds
03:26
pos
6
13
Point After TD 9:32
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
7
Touchdown 9:32
9-T.McSorley runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
65
yds
01:44
pos
6
6
Field Goal 11:21
97-A.Harte 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
57
yds
03:19
pos
6
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 12:53
97-A.Harte 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
12
yds
02:07
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 10 18
Rushing 8 6
Passing 2 11
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 3-15 4-9
4th Down Conv 2-4 0-0
Total Net Yards 198 288
Total Plays 59 52
Avg Gain 3.4 5.5
Net Yards Rushing 157 90
Rush Attempts 39 31
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 2.9
Net Yards Passing 41 198
Comp. - Att. 7-20 16-21
Yards Per Pass 2.1 9.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-2 2-16
Penalties - Yards 4-41 4-20
Touchdowns 0 5
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-41.5 5-40.6
Return Yards 94 40
Punts - Returns 1-12 2-10
Kickoffs - Returns 4-82 1-30
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 2/2 5/5
Extra Points 0/0 5/5
Field Goals 2/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Rutgers 4-6 33006
14 Penn State 8-2 01414735
41 PASS YDS 198
157 RUSH YDS 90
198 TOTAL YDS 288
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Rescigno 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
35% 43 0 0 53.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47% 450 2 1 98.1
G. Rescigno 7/20 43 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Martin 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 71 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
90 429 3
R. Martin 11 71 0 18
G. Edwards 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 43 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
153 673 6
G. Edwards 13 43 0 18
G. Rescigno 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 129 1
G. Rescigno 12 39 0 18
R. Blackshear 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
35 235 3
R. Blackshear 2 6 0 5
J. Washington 88 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
J. Washington 1 -2 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
N. Griffin-Stewart 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 80 1
N. Griffin-Stewart 2 19 0 12
M. Jabbie 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
M. Jabbie 1 12 0 12
D. Bailey 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 91 1
D. Bailey 1 4 0 4
B. Melton 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 52 0
B. Melton 1 4 0 4
J. Washington 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 256 1
J. Washington 1 3 0 3
G. Edwards 13 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 103 1
G. Edwards 1 1 0 1
R. Blackshear 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 83 1
R. Blackshear 0 0 0 0
D. Mitchell 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 130 0
D. Mitchell 0 0 0 0
J. Grant 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 167 1
J. Grant 0 0 0 0
M. Nash 12 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
M. Nash 0 0 0 0
H. Hayek 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 62 0
H. Hayek 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Roberts 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
D. Roberts 6-2 0.0 0
K. Hester 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 3 0.0
K. Hester 4-1 0.0 0
D. Hayes 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Hayes 4-0 0.0 0
K. Wilkins 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
K. Wilkins 3-2 0.0 0
J. Bateky 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
J. Bateky 3-0 1.0 0
I. Wharton 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
I. Wharton 3-0 0.0 0
C. Onyechi 26 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Onyechi 3-0 0.0 0
J. Harris 3 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
J. Harris 2-0 0.0 0
S. Joseph 51 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Joseph 2-0 0.0 0
D. Davis 59 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Davis 2-1 0.0 0
T. Morris 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
T. Morris 1-2 0.0 0
S. Hampton 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Hampton 1-0 0.0 0
K. Turay 58 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Turay 1-1 0.0 0
D. Bailey 23 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Bailey 1-0 1.0 0
B. Russell 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
B. Russell 1-3 0.0 0
Z. Campbell 37 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Z. Campbell 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Harte 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
7/10 26/26
A. Harte 2/2 33 0/0 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Anderson 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 41.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
64 43.7 0
R. Anderson 6 41.5 0 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Grant 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 20.5 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 20.9 29 0
J. Grant 4 20.5 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Grant 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 10.8 12 0
J. Grant 1 12.0 12 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
76.2% 214 2 0 193.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65% 2666 21 8 152.4
T. McSorley 16/21 214 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 44 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 349 9
T. McSorley 13 44 1 20
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 35 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
166 899 11
S. Barkley 14 35 2 11
M. Sanders 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 106 1
M. Sanders 2 18 0 14
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Ju. Johnson 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 78 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 467 1
Ju. Johnson 5 78 0 25
M. Gesicki 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 45 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 419 5
M. Gesicki 4 45 1 19
D. Hamilton 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 40 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 646 7
D. Hamilton 3 40 1 25
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
40 524 3
S. Barkley 1 20 0 14
B. Polk 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 117 1
B. Polk 1 17 0 17
S. Blacknall 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 228 2
S. Blacknall 2 14 0 10
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Cabinda 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
J. Cabinda 6-5 0.0 0
B. Smith 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-5 0 0.0
B. Smith 5-5 0.0 0
P. Cothren 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
P. Cothren 3-0 0.0 0
Ma. Allen 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
Ma. Allen 3-0 0.0 0
Y. Gross-Matos 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
Y. Gross-Matos 3-0 0.0 0
N. Scott 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
N. Scott 3-1 0.0 0
A. Monroe 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.5
A. Monroe 3-2 0.5 0
S. Simmons 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
S. Simmons 2-1 0.0 0
R. Windsor 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Windsor 2-0 0.0 0
T. Apke 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
T. Apke 2-0 0.0 0
S. Miller 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Miller 1-0 0.0 0
K. Farmer 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Farmer 1-0 0.0 0
C. Cothran 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Cothran 1-0 0.0 0
E. Jordan 42 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Jordan 1-0 0.0 0
J. Cooper 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Cooper 1-0 0.0 0
Ja. Johnson 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
Ja. Johnson 1-3 0.0 0
A. Oruwariye 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 4 0.0
A. Oruwariye 1-0 0.0 0
K. Givens 30 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Givens 1-1 0.0 0
T. Chavis 56 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Chavis 1-1 0.0 0
L. Wade 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
L. Wade 1-1 0.0 0
C. Brown 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Brown 0-1 0.0 0
A. Shelton 55 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
A. Shelton 0-1 0.5 0
G. Haley 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 2 0.0
G. Haley 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Davis 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
8/15 49/49
T. Davis 0/0 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Gillikin 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 40.6 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 43.3 3
B. Gillikin 5 40.6 3 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 30.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 30.2 30 2
S. Barkley 1 30.0 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 5.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 14.9 8 1
D. Thompkins 2 5.0 8 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PSU 21 2:07 4 7 FG
10:23 RUT 6 4:04 7 38 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
4:01 RUT 35 3:19 14 57 FG
9:26 RUT 7 1:29 3 3 Punt
6:16 RUT 20 1:29 3 6 Punt
1:13 RUT 35 0:38 2 5 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:10 RUT 8 2:09 3 9 Punt
6:00 RUT 40 2:02 5 1 Downs
1:31 RUT 32 1:27 3 -1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 RUT 8 1:30 3 6 Punt
6:45 RUT 22 5:44 15 75 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:41 PSU 46 2:11 5 17 Punt
6:11 PSU 22 1:55 4 -3 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:16 PSU 35 1:44 4 65 TD
7:48 PSU 48 1:24 3 5 Punt
4:39 PSU 26 3:26 8 74 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 RUT 23 1:31 3 -13 Punt
10:50 PSU 45 4:50 10 55 TD
3:53 RUT 46 2:11 4 46 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PSU 40 1:20 3 8 Punt
11:52 PSU 38 5:00 9 62 TD
0:55 PSU 9 0:32 2 -7 Game