3 takeaways from win over Rutgers in Week 11

  • 3 takeaways from win over Rutgers in Week 11

3 takeaways from win over Rutgers in Week 11

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.

And no, it wasn't Saquon Barkley.

Best kick: Blake Gillikin, averaging 47.3 and on pace to set a Penn State season yards-per-punt record, boomed a 53-yarder in the first quarter. "You can only control what you can control".

Jason Cabinda (40) taackles Gus Edwards (13) during Penn State's win against Rugters on November 11, 2017.

Davis' two kickoffs out of bounds can be listed as ugly, as can the first quarter effort that led to a 3-0 Scarlet Knights' lead after 15 minutes of play. Barkley sprinted up intending to field the kickoff on a bounce, but the ball bounced sideways and the Scarlet Knights' Lawrence Stevens recovered at the Nittany Lions 21.

"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. They let Rutgers score on their first two drives, but luckily for the Lions it was only two field goals. "I'll cross that bridge with the coaches I guess whenever we get to that spot". Hamilton and Gesicki each caught a touchdown pass.

The Scarlet Knights didn't get a first down in the second half until their final drive, which ended in a turnover on downs. The Lions finally woke up on offense, leading 14-6 at halftime.

Worst pass: Rutgers quarterback Giovanni Rescigno overshot Hunter Hayek, who was open deep over the middle in the fourth quarter. He ran for just 35 yards on 14 carries while McSorley added 44 yards on 13 carries.

It's a glorified scrimmage, and four quarters that could prove to be the difference in millions for players entering the NFL Draft. The quarterback had 381 yards passing last week at Michigan State, but he also threw three interceptions. He's battled injuries throughout his career and has missed three games this season. "A lot of that falls on my shoulders, so I kind of took that last game real personally". And this quote could've been said after either game.

The McSorley-to-Gesicki touchdown in the fourth quarter was the ninth and final play of a 62-yard drive.

Hold it, won't ya: Penn State didn't fumble.

"Yeah, definitely", he said.

McSorley hasn't gotten the Heisman hype that Barkley has received, which is one of the freakish things about college football. I'm not even anxious about that or focused on that. Penn State had a passing game, however, which Rutgers wasn't going to stop. The Scarlet Knights recovered at the Lions' 21.

The assumption, for the better part of forever, has been that Penn State would be losing the services of Saquon Barkley to the National Football League following the season. They were outgained 304-200 in the game, managing just 79 yards in the second half. Rutgers made its sixth first down of the game on the fourth play of the second quarter, but didn't pick up its seventh until just under 6 minutes remained in the fourth quarter. McSorley scored from 20 yards out with 9:32 left in the half. "He went out and played at a very high level".

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.