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Barkley scores twice, No. 4 Penn State tops Pitt 33-14

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) James Franklin kept trying to downplay the importance of Penn State's meeting with Pittsburgh. The most important game in the universe to be sure, the coach said in the run-up to the 98th meeting between the two schools just 140 miles apart. But only because it was the only one his team had this week.

Funny, Franklin's players didn't quite see it the same way.

A year after a loss to the Panthers ended up playing a role in keeping them out of the College Football Playoff, the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions exacted a bit of revenge with a 33-14 victory on Saturday that looked more lopsided on the scoreboard than it appeared at times on the field.

''Guys had grudges, a chip on their shoulders, coming into this game like myself,'' said Penn State senior safety Marcus Allen, who tackled Darrin Hall in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter. ''I definitely did.''

Trace McSorley tossed three touchdown passes for the Nittany Lions (2-0), including Saquon Barkley's 46-yard catch-and-run early in the third quarter that gave Penn State a 21-3 lead. McSorley finished 15 of 28 for 164 yards and ran for another 65 yards, a bit of redemption after his late end-zone interception against the Panthers last September halted a frantic comeback.

''I know it's something that when I think about last season I think about last year's game that stands out a lot,'' McSorley said.

Mike Gesicki had a pair of first-quarter touchdown receptions and Barkley finished with 183 total yards and two scores as Penn State ended a two-game skid against the Panthers in front of the largest crowd to pack Beaver Stadium in nearly a decade.

Qadree Ollison rushed for 96 yards for Pitt (1-1), but the Panthers struggled to finish drives early and the Nittany Lions pulled away late. Max Browne completed 19 of 32 passes for only 138 yards and was intercepted twice before being removed late with a gash over his right eye.

Browne will remain the starter for now, though sophomore Ben DiNucci scored on a short touchdown run and led the Panthers downfield late with the Nittany Lions playing soft to protect their lead.

Pitt dominated in time of possession, holding the ball for more than 38 minutes, and outgained Penn State 342-312. Yet the Panthers needed 86 plays to reach that total compared to just 52 for the Nittany Lions. Pitt put together three 15-play drives and only scored on one of them, a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter by Alex Kessman.

''Having to drive the length of the field in a methodical way, it's tough to do,'' Browne said. ''By no means did we get bullied around.''

While Pitt slogged, Penn State sprinted. Twice the Nittany Lions needed just one snap to score. McSorley found a wide-open Gesicki for an 8-yard touchdown just 2:07 into the game after Browne's first interception. McSorley hit Barkley down the middle of the field early in the second half and Barkley went the rest of the way.

Pitt got no closer than 14 the rest of the way.

''Our offense is very explosive and that's kind of how we were again today,'' Franklin said. ''I would like to see us sustain some more drives but we showed we can score at any moment.''

HE SAID IT

Franklin stresses a ''one week at a time'' ethos, trying to impress upon his players no single game is more important than any other. Still, he appeared to take a shot at the Panthers after Penn State evened the latest iteration of a series that dates back to 1893 at 1-1. The third game in the four-year renewal is next September at Heinz Field.

''I know last year for their win it was like the Super Bowl, but for us this was just like beating Akron,'' Franklin said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Pitt: Narduzzi downplayed the idea of a quarterback controversy but may end up having one anyway. Browne, a graduate transfer from Southern California, underwhelmed for the second consecutive week and DiNucci provides a more mobile option. Browne is averaging just 7.72 yards per completion and has been unable to generate anything downfield.

Penn St.: McSorley's worries about the slow starts that cost the Nittany Lions in last year's loss disappeared when Penn State scored twice in the game's first 10 minutes. A true blowout, however, never materialized in part to McSorley's inaccuracy. He missed wide open receivers on numerous occasions in the first half on overthrows. He'll need to calm the jitters earlier in games going forward.

UP NEXT

Pitt: Doesn't get any easier next Saturday, when 10th-ranked Oklahoma State (2-0) visits Heinz Field. The Cowboys held off the Panthers 45-38 last season in Stillwater.

Penn St.: Nittany Lions get a breather before opening Big Ten play when Georgia State comes to Beaver Stadium.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:38
95-T.Davis 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
-25
yds
02:07
pos
14
33
Safety 5:59
4-M.Browne complete to 22-D.Hall. 22-D.Hall to PIT End Zone for -4 yards (2-M.Allen). to PIT End Zone for -4 yards safety.
plays
yds
pos
14
30
Two Point Conversion 10:09
3-B.DiNucci complete to 37-Q.Ollison. 37-Q.Ollison to PSU End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 10:09
3-B.DiNucci runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
75
yds
04:45
pos
12
28
Point After TD 14:54
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
28
Touchdown 15:00
26-S.Barkley runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
41
yds
2:06
pos
6
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:06
97-A.Kessman 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
0
yds
04:26
pos
6
21
Point After TD 10:32
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
21
Touchdown 10:32
9-T.McSorley complete to 26-S.Barkley. 26-S.Barkley runs 46 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
-12
yds
00:09
pos
3
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:16
97-A.Kessman 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
15
plays
22
yds
05:26
pos
3
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:20
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 5:20
9-T.McSorley complete to 88-M.Gesicki. 88-M.Gesicki runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
9
yds
02:43
pos
0
13
Point After TD 12:53
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:53
9-T.McSorley complete to 88-M.Gesicki. 88-M.Gesicki runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
-50
yds
00:04
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 24 14
Rushing 12 6
Passing 11 7
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 5-17 4-12
4th Down Conv 3-4 0-0
Total Net Yards 319 305
Total Plays 86 52
Avg Gain 3.7 5.9
Net Yards Rushing 160 148
Rush Attempts 45 24
Avg Rush Yards 3.6 6.2
Net Yards Passing 159 157
Comp. - Att. 24-41 15-28
Yards Per Pass 3.9 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-28 1-7
Penalties - Yards 10-80 0-0
Touchdowns 1 4
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 3
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 5-44.4 6-43.2
Return Yards 35 127
Punts - Returns 3-0 3-31
Kickoffs - Returns 2-33 2-53
Int. - Returns 1-2 2-43
Kicking 2/2 5/5
Extra Points 0/0 4/4
Field Goals 2/2 1/1
Safeties 0 1
1234T
Pittsburgh 1-1 033814
4 Penn State 2-0 14071233
159 PASS YDS 157
160 RUSH YDS 148
319 TOTAL YDS 305
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Browne 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.4% 138 0 2 83.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.3% 278 1 2 104.7
M. Browne 19/32 138 0 2
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 49 0 0 101.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.6% 49 0 0 101.3
B. DiNucci 5/9 49 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 96 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 187 2
Q. Ollison 15 96 0 32
C. Moss 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 46 0
C. Moss 11 46 0 11
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 71 0
D. Hall 5 19 0 7
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 13 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 13 1
B. DiNucci 5 13 1 15
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
M. Ffrench 1 8 0 8
A. Maddox 14 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
A. Maddox 1 1 0 1
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 72 0
Q. Henderson 2 -5 0 -2
M. Browne 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 -38 0
M. Browne 5 -18 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Weah 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 65 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 76 1
J. Weah 6 65 0 21
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 42 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 47 0
R. Araujo-Lopes 4 42 0 22
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 65 0
Q. Ollison 2 30 0 30
M. Flanagan 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 19 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 54 0
M. Flanagan 3 19 0 8
A. Mathews 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
A. Mathews 1 12 0 12
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 28 0
M. Ffrench 2 9 0 5
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 21 0
D. Hall 2 9 0 13
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 12 0
Q. Henderson 2 5 0 5
C. Clark 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
C. Clark 0 0 0 0
R. Flowers III 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Flowers III 0 0 0 0
T. Tipton 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Tipton 0 0 0 0
C. Moss 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 -4 0
C. Moss 2 -4 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
B. Garner 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
B. Garner 6-0 0.0 0
O. Idowu 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
O. Idowu 6-0 0.0 0
D. Jackson 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Jackson 4-0 0.0 1
E. Zeise 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
E. Zeise 4-2 0.0 0
D. Briggs 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Briggs 3-0 0.0 0
S. Brightwell 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Brightwell 3-0 0.0 0
D. Hendrix 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Hendrix 2-0 1.0 0
K. Carter 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Carter 1-0 0.0 0
J. Folston Jr. 40 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Folston Jr. 1-0 0.0 0
A. Edwards 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Edwards 1-0 0.0 0
A. Maddox 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Maddox 1-0 0.0 0
K. Camp 10 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Camp 1-0 0.0 0
J. Stocker 43 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Stocker 1-0 0.0 0
R. Weaver 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Weaver 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Kessman 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 0/0
SEASON FG XP
2/2 0/0
A. Kessman 2/2 28 0/0 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Winslow 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 44.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
7 43.3 1
R. Winslow 5 44.4 1 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 20.8 17 0
Q. Henderson 2 16.5 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 0.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 0.0 13 0
Q. Henderson 3 0.0 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.6% 164 3 1 131.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.3% 444 5 2 156.2
T. McSorley 15/28 164 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 88 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 260 3
S. Barkley 14 88 1 22
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 65 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 113 1
T. McSorley 8 65 0 36
M. Sanders 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 13 0
M. Sanders 1 -3 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Hamilton 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 45 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 119 0
D. Hamilton 3 45 0 23
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 45 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 99 1
S. Barkley 4 45 1 46
M. Gesicki 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 39 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 97 4
M. Gesicki 4 39 2 19
B. Polk 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 22 0
B. Polk 1 18 0 18
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 41 0
D. Thompkins 1 12 0 12
Ju. Johnson 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 88 0
Ju. Johnson 1 4 0 4
T. Stevens 2 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 8 0
T. Stevens 1 1 0 1
J. Holland 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Holland 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Ma. Allen 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
Ma. Allen 11-1 0.0 0
J. Cabinda 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
J. Cabinda 8-0 0.0 0
K. Farmer 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 1.0
K. Farmer 7-1 1.0 0
G. Haley 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 1.0
G. Haley 4-0 1.0 1
T. Apke 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
T. Apke 4-0 0.0 1
C. Campbell 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Campbell 4-0 0.0 0
N. Scott 4 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
N. Scott 3-2 0.0 0
A. Oruwariye 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
A. Oruwariye 3-0 0.0 0
S. Miller 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
S. Miller 3-0 2.0 0
M. Bowen 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
M. Bowen 3-1 0.0 0
R. Buchholz 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Buchholz 2-0 0.0 0
L. Wade 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Wade 2-0 0.0 0
B. Smith 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
C. Cothran 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Cothran 1-1 0.0 0
Y. Gross-Matos 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Y. Gross-Matos 1-0 0.0 0
K. Givens 30 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Givens 1-0 0.0 0
T. Castro-Fields 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Castro-Fields 1-0 0.0 0
C. Brown 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Brown 1-1 0.0 0
T. Brown 19 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
T. Brown 0-3 0.0 0
S. Toney 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
S. Toney 0-1 0.0 0
C. Castagna 46 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Castagna 0-1 0.0 0
P. Cothren 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
P. Cothren 0-2 0.0 0
R. Windsor 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Windsor 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Davis 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
2/3 11/11
T. Davis 1/1 24 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Gillikin 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 43.2 5
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 44.9 5
B. Gillikin 6 43.2 5 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 26.5 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 24.3 35 0
S. Barkley 2 26.5 35 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 10.3 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 22.6 16 1
D. Thompkins 3 10.3 16 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 PITT 19 1:39 4 73 INT
12:48 PITT 17 1:07 3 1 Punt
10:50 PITT 9 2:34 5 21 Punt
5:20 PITT 25 5:13 10 39 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:45 PITT 16 1:58 5 25 INT
6:42 PITT 13 5:26 15 77 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:23 PITT 5 1:29 3 8 Punt
10:32 PITT 35 4:26 9 0 FG
4:25 PITT 34 1:49 4 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 PITT 25 4:45 9 75 TD
6:04 PITT 4 0:05 2 -4 SAFETY
3:34 PITT 25 3:10 15 63
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:57 PITT 8 0:04 2 -50 TD
11:34 PSU 42 0:37 3 3 Punt
8:03 PSU 38 2:43 8 62 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:18 PSU 11 1:25 5 22 Punt
8:35 PSU 41 1:43 3 -5 Punt
1:12 PSU 25 1:06 6 -18 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PSU 25 2:31 5 27 Punt
10:41 PITT 46 0:09 2 -12 TD
6:03 PSU 25 1:29 3 5 Punt
2:26 PSU 22 2:06 6 70 End of quarter
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:03 PSU 23 3:49 6 31 Punt
5:45 PITT 40 2:07 7 -25 FG
0:11 PSU 17 0:00 1 -2 End of game