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McSorley, Barkley lead Penn State over Northwestern 31-7

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Trace McSorley had no idea he was on a school-record run of completions. He just knew he was making the right reads and strong throws.

McSorley threw for 245 yards and a touchdown, Saquon Barkley ran for two scores in the second half, and No. 4 Penn State beat Northwestern 31-7 on Saturday.

McSorley completed 15 straight passes to break Kerry Collins' previous mark of 14 at Minnesota in 1994 and was 25 of 34 overall. He threw a 10-yard touchdown to backup quarterback Tommy Stevens in the second quarter and added a 5-yard TD run in the fourth.

''I felt good,'' McSorley said. ''Woke up today feeling great. Came out in warmups, was feeling really well. Our receivers were doing a great job ... finding those voids and sitting in them. Our line did a great job.''

As for breaking Collins' record?

''It's pretty cool,'' McSorley said.

Barkley scored on a 1-yard leap and 53-yard dash in the third quarter to make it 24-0. The Heisman Trophy candidate finished with rushing after being held to minus- the first half.

Shaka Toney had two sacks, and the balanced Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) came away with an easy victory. For all the attention their offense got coming off a Big Ten championship, the defense and special teams continue to do their part, too.

''We still have a lot of work to do,'' coach James Franklin said. ''I think our team is playing with a lot of confidence right now, especially in our secondary and on the defensive side of the ball. We have some things that we've got to get better at and we've got to improve. But I think we're in an ideal situation.''

Clayton Thorson threw for 142 yards and two interceptions while getting sacked four times in another rough outing for Northwestern (2-3, 0-2). Justin Jackson finished with 66 yards after rushing for 67 in the first half.

The Wildcats also had two of their top defensive players get ejected for targeting in the second half, with linebacker Paddy Fisher flagged for a hit on McSorley and safety Godwin Igwebuike for striking Miles Sanders.

''I think our defense gave us a chance to win that game and they kept us in the game and we need to fight and we have to respond to adversity,'' Thorson said. ''We had the ball at the 10-yard line, penalty set us back out of field goal range.''

Barkley flashed his Heisman form in the third and broke open a 10-0 game. He leaped in from the 1 in the opening minutes and scored on a 53-yard run through the middle and up the right side late in the quarter, making it 24-0.

''Saquon's going to end up popping one off at some point,'' McSorley said. ''It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when. That's kind of how we feel about him.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Penn State: Barkley showed how dangerous he can be even when he's being held in check. McSorley delivered another strong performance and the defense again gave an opponent little room to move.

Northwestern: The Wildcats continue to struggle. And Thorson's shaky play isn't helping. He struggled again after throwing two interceptions and getting sacked eight times in a loss at Wisconsin the previous week.

QUOTABLE

- Barkley on whether he was frustrated by his slow start: ''You've got to find a way to continue to win. You can't get too caught up on one play. You can't get too caught up on one quarter or one drive because it's a long game.''

- Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald on the ejections: ''I'm a fan of the call. I think we need to eliminate head-to-head contact. With both guys, I embraced both of those guys after the plays, and I told them, `Hey if this is what happened, listen, I love you, and we got to lower the strike zone.'''

GESICKI PLAYS

Penn State's Mike Gesicki had two catches for nine yards. Franklin had said he expected his star tight end to play after he left the previous game against Indiana with an upper body injury.

UP NEXT

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are off next week, then face a tough one-two combo. They host Michigan on Oct. 21 and visit Ohio State on the 28th.

Northwestern: The Wildcats visit Maryland on Oct. 14.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:46
14-C.Kuhbander extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
7
Touchdown 1:46
7-M.Alviti runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
80
yds
02:19
pos
31
6
Point After TD 8:52
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
0
Touchdown 8:52
9-T.McSorley runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
54
yds
03:53
pos
30
0
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:13
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
0
Touchdown 2:13
26-S.Barkley runs 53 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
71
yds
01:06
pos
23
0
Point After TD 9:33
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
17
0
Touchdown 9:33
26-S.Barkley runs 1 yard for a touchdown. Penalty on NW 21-K.Queiro Offside declined.
10
plays
66
yds
04:21
pos
16
0
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 12:04
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 12:04
9-T.McSorley complete to 2-T.Stevens. 2-T.Stevens runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
52
yds
02:11
pos
9
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:17
95-T.Davis 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
64
yds
03:21
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 23 15
Rushing 6 6
Passing 14 9
Penalty 3 0
3rd Down Conv 8-16 5-19
4th Down Conv 0-1 2-4
Total Net Yards 345 237
Total Plays 79 73
Avg Gain 4.4 3.2
Net Yards Rushing 95 67
Rush Attempts 38 30
Avg Rush Yards 2.5 2.2
Net Yards Passing 250 170
Comp. - Att. 29-41 23-43
Yards Per Pass 6.1 4.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-36 4-28
Penalties - Yards 3-30 8-74
Touchdowns 4 1
Rushing TDs 3 1
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 2
Punts - Avg 5-43.0 8-37.0
Return Yards 33 55
Punts - Returns 3-33 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 3-55
Int. - Returns 2-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 1/1
Extra Points 4/4 1/1
Field Goals 1/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
3 Penn State 6-0 3714731
Northwestern 2-3 00077
250 PASS YDS 170
95 RUSH YDS 67
345 TOTAL YDS 237
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.5% 245 1 0 143.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67% 1597 13 4 154.1
T. McSorley 25/34 245 1 0
T. Stevens 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 41 0 0 106.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.9% 126 1 0 134.6
T. Stevens 4/7 41 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 75 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
102 649 6
S. Barkley 16 75 2 53
T. Stevens 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 35 1
T. Stevens 3 17 0 20
Ma. Allen 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 13 0
Ma. Allen 2 4 0 4
A. Robinson 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 55 1
A. Robinson 1 0 0 0
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 -1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
72 178 4
T. McSorley 16 -1 1 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Blacknall 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 74 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 162 1
S. Blacknall 4 74 0 38
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 57 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 190 0
D. Thompkins 6 57 0 19
Ju. Johnson 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
24 303 1
Ju. Johnson 6 43 0 10
B. Polk 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 77 1
B. Polk 3 40 0 23
D. Hamilton 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 366 4
D. Hamilton 2 35 0 20
M. Sanders 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 17 0
M. Sanders 2 11 0 7
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 395 2
S. Barkley 2 9 0 8
M. Gesicki 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 176 4
M. Gesicki 2 9 0 5
T. Stevens 2 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 35 2
T. Stevens 2 8 1 10
I. Charles 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
I. Charles 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Cabinda 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-0 0 1.0
J. Cabinda 6-0 0.0 0
T. Apke 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
T. Apke 5-0 0.0 0
K. Farmer 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
K. Farmer 4-0 0.0 0
C. Campbell 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 1 0.0
C. Campbell 4-0 0.0 1
Ma. Allen 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
Ma. Allen 3-2 0.0 0
M. Bowen 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
M. Bowen 3-1 0.0 0
S. Simmons 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Simmons 3-0 0.0 0
S. Miller 48 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 1.0
S. Miller 3-1 1.0 0
G. Haley 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
G. Haley 3-0 0.0 0
S. Toney 18 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 2.0
S. Toney 2-0 2.0 0
Ja. Johnson 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Ja. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0
C. Cothran 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
C. Cothran 1-1 1.0 0
A. Oruwariye 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 3 0.0
A. Oruwariye 1-0 0.0 1
J. Cooper 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Cooper 1-0 0.0 0
D. Joseph 49 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Joseph 1-0 0.0 0
B. Smith 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 0.0
B. Smith 1-3 0.0 0
R. Windsor 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
R. Windsor 1-0 0.0 0
P. Cothren 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
P. Cothren 1-2 0.0 0
C. Brown 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
C. Brown 1-0 0.0 0
A. Monroe 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Monroe 1-0 0.0 0
Z. McPhearson 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Z. McPhearson 1-0 0.0 0
R. Buchholz 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
R. Buchholz 1-1 0.0 0
M. Vallone 32 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Vallone 1-0 0.0 0
J. Miller 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Miller 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Davis 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
6/13 30/30
T. Davis 1/2 21 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Gillikin 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 43.0 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 44.2 3
B. Gillikin 5 43.0 3 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Farmer 7 LB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
K. Farmer 1 0.0 0 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 11.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 17.1 32 1
D. Thompkins 3 11.0 32 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.8% 142 0 2 74.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.8% 1203 7 7 123.7
C. Thorson 19/36 142 0 2
M. Alviti 7 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 56 0 0 124.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 105 1 0 173.8
M. Alviti 4/7 56 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 66 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 339 4
J. Jackson 16 66 0 28
M. Alviti 7 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 20 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 88 1
M. Alviti 3 20 1 14
J. Larkin 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 107 1
J. Larkin 3 5 0 3
Je. Brown 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 34 1
Je. Brown 1 4 0 4
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 -4 0
R. Lees 1 0 0 0
C. Thorson 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 -28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 -66 2
C. Thorson 6 -28 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Wilson 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 137 1
M. Wilson 4 39 0 24
B. Skowronek 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 290 2
B. Skowronek 2 34 0 32
F. Nagel 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 175 0
F. Nagel 3 26 0 13
J. James 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 25 0
J. James 1 25 0 25
J. Jackson 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 126 0
J. Jackson 6 23 0 7
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 144 2
R. Lees 2 22 0 14
G. Dickerson 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 231 1
G. Dickerson 3 17 0 7
C. Green 84 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 27 1
C. Green 1 9 0 9
K. McGowan 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 51 0
K. McGowan 1 3 0 3
J. Larkin 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 58 0
J. Larkin 0 0 0 0
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 1
R. Chiaokhiao-Bowman 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
N. Hall 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 1.0
N. Hall 9-0 1.0 0
G. Igwebuike 16 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 0.0
G. Igwebuike 9-1 0.0 0
P. Fisher 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
P. Fisher 5-1 0.0 0
K. Queiro 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
K. Queiro 4-1 0.0 0
T. Williams 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
T. Williams 4-1 0.0 0
M. McShepard 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
M. McShepard 3-0 0.0 0
M. Hartage 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
M. Hartage 3-0 0.0 0
J. McGee 41 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. McGee 3-0 0.0 0
B. Walsh 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Walsh 3-0 0.0 0
B. Gallagher 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
B. Gallagher 3-2 0.0 0
T. Lancaster 1 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Lancaster 2-0 0.0 0
T. Goens 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
T. Goens 2-2 1.0 0
J. Bergin 47 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Bergin 2-0 0.0 0
J. Gaziano 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
J. Gaziano 2-1 1.0 0
S. Miller 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
S. Miller 2-0 1.0 0
A. Mayo 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Mayo 1-0 0.0 0
F. Wyatt 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Wyatt 1-0 0.0 0
A. Miller 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Miller 1-0 1.0 0
W. Long 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
W. Long 1-1 0.0 0
C. Bergin 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Bergin 1-0 0.0 0
J. Thompson 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Thompson 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Kuhbander 14 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
3/4 16/16
C. Kuhbander 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
H. Niswander 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 37.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
27 43.1 0
H. Niswander 8 37.0 0 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Lees 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 18.3 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 18.3 22 0
R. Lees 3 18.3 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PSU 25 3:04 10 37 Downs
6:41 PSU 10 1:47 3 6 Punt
3:38 PSU 48 3:21 8 49 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:15 PSU 48 2:11 5 52 TD
7:01 PSU 39 3:22 6 17 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:54 PSU 34 4:21 10 66 TD
8:35 PSU 49 2:04 5 17 Punt
5:28 PSU 49 1:18 3 1 Punt
3:19 PSU 29 1:06 4 71 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:04 PSU 43 0:00 3 0 Punt
12:45 PSU 46 3:53 11 54 TD
7:45 NWEST 33 3:35 8 16 FG Miss
1:45 NWEST 41 1:09 4 23 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:48 NWEST 38 4:58 13 34 INT
4:44 NWEST 45 0:56 5 3 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:06 NWEST 24 0:00 3 5 Punt
12:04 NWEST 25 4:56 10 36 Downs
3:31 NWEST 8 3:27 14 59 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NWEST 25 0:56 3 7 Punt
9:33 NWEST 25 0:49 3 -7 Punt
6:21 NWEST 4 0:45 3 2 Punt
4:02 NWEST 20 0:34 4 11 Punt
2:06 NWEST 20 1:52 5 -7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:41 NWEST 9 0:44 3 -5 Punt
8:45 NWEST 20 0:42 3 3 Punt
4:05 NWEST 20 2:19 9 80 TD