Penn State rolls during whiteout against MI

With an off week to prepare, Penn State didn't let up. The Browns are among a handful of teams who are credentialed for the press box in Happy Valley for Saturday night's game between the Nittany Lions and the visiting Michigan Wolverines. Saquon Barkley rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 69-yarder on a direct snap on the second play from scrimmage.

McSorley added three touchdown runs and led an offense that gained 506 yards against the No. 1-ranked defense of the Wolverines (5-2, 2-2), who came into the game averaging 223.8 yards allowed.

McSorley had a nice first half, and his touchdown sent the Lions into the break with a 21-13 lead. Penn State ran 61 plays for 506 yards, an average of 8.3 - 4.8 more than it put up against MI a year ago.

Coming out of a bye week, Penn State was itching to get the ball rolling early against the Michigan Wolverines. The Nittany Lions posted season highs for points and yards gained by a MI opponent. His tight end, Mike Gesicki, responded by running up to him while he wasn't looking and playing leapfrog on him.

In the end, Moorehead and Penn State's offense got the checkmate against Brown and his MI defense. The Wolverines pieced together two touchdown drives and cut the deficit to 14-13 with 1:45 left in the half. McSorley faked to Barkley and went in on the next play, scoring with 53 seconds remaining. He got key blocks from left tackle Ryan Bates and left guard Steven Gonzalez.On the Lions' next possession, McSorley ran for 23 yards and then threw a 50-50 ball that 6-6 tight end Mike Gesicki pulled down for a 35-yard gain to the Wolverines' 15.On the next snap, Barkley took an option pitch from McSorley and scooted into the end zone to make it 14-0 less than five minutes into the game.MI steadied itself after the initial shock when David Long intercepted McSorley's pass intended for Gesicki inside the 20.The Wolverines turned around and drove 59 yards for their first score, a 1-yard run by Karan Higdon. Barkley later put the score out of reach with a juggling 42-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter.

  • Stacy Allen