Barkley, PSU run past Terps

Gains 202 yards in home­com­ing vic­tory

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jim Carl­son

“It’s sim­ple. It’s up­front. If you’re good up front across the of­fen­sive line and the de­fen­sive line, you have a chance to be suc­cess­ful.” – Penn State coach James Franklin

Penn State coach James Franklin said this week that the Nit­tany Lions needed to show op­po­nents the abil­ity to win games solely by the pass if the ground game goes awry; with 372 yards rush­ing against Mary­land on Satur­day, it’s a the­ory they didn’t need to prove.

Saquan Barkley ran for 202 yards, quar­ter­back Trace McSor­ley added 81 more and threw a pair of touch­down passes to lead Penn State over Mary­land 38-14 in front of a home­com­ing crowd of 100,778.

McSor­ley ac­counted for 233 to­tal yards, throw­ing for 152, as the Nit­tany Lions (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) had a sea­son-high 524 to­tal yards and snapped Mary­land’s five game win streak.

“It’s sim­ple,” Franklin said. “It’s up­front. If you’re good up front across the of­fen­sive line and the de­fen­sive line, you have a chance to be suc­cess­ful.”

Penn State has got­ten off to slow starts in each of its games this sea­son. The Nit­tany Lions

shook that off with a sev­en­play, 84-yard touch­down drive on its open­ing pos­ses­sion that fea­tured four plays of 17 yards or more and capped by a 5-yard scor­ing pass from McSor­ley to tight end Mike Gesicki.

“It was huge for us to get that first touch­down,” said McSor­ley. “We were able to get Beaver Sta­dium rock­ing.”

Barkley av­er­aged 6.5 yards on 31 car­ries.

“I didn’t do any­thing spec­tac­u­lar to­day,” Barkley said. “The of­fen­sive line took over and did a good job. We kind of felt we could run the ball; we hadn’t been get­ting our run­ning game go­ing. The of­fen­sive line did an out­stand­ing job. I saw that we had 300 some yards and I told them (line­men), ‘it’s all you.’

“We got off to a fast start to­day,” Barkley added. “We’ve been able to put 30 points on the board but we haven’t started on fire.”

Penn State had four sacks and lim­ited Mary­land (4-1, 1-1) to 270 to­tal yards, in­clud­ing 170 on the ground. The Terps came in av­er­ag­ing 300 yards rush­ing per game in vic­to­ries over Howard, Florida In­ter­na­tional, Cen­tral Florida and Pur­due. Lorenzo Har­ri­son led the Terps with 76 yards rush­ing.

Mary­land was forced to play with­out vet­eran quar­ter­back Perry Hills dur­ing the sec­ond half; Hills in­jured his shoul­der on a sec­ond-quar­ter keeper deep in Penn State ter­ri­tory and Mary­land coach D.J. Durkin said it was not in Hills’ best in­ter­est to re­turn in the sec­ond half.

“We have to play bet­ter, we have to coach bet­ter,” Durkin said. “We made dumb mis­takes. We have to stay within the scheme of our of­fense.”

Mary­land closed to within 17-14 late in the first half when Tyrrell Pi­grome, sub­bing for the in­jured Hills, scored on his first snap with a 7-yard run. But Barkley peeled off a 25-yard run and one play later a 45-yard scor­ing jaunt to put the Lions up by 10 at the half.

“It’s re­ally in­de­scrib­able how we played that next se­ries on de­fense,” Durkin said. We didn’t call it well, we didn’t ex­e­cute it well; I can’t even be­gin to de­scribe it.”

Penn State penal­ties and a Barkley fum­ble en­abled the Terps to stay within strik­ing dis­tance un­til McSor­ley hooked up with DeAn­dre Thomp­kins on a 70-yard scor­ing pass late in the third quar­ter to make it 31-14.

“Of­fen­sively, we put up some good num­bers and did some good things, “Penn State’s Franklin said. “I thought we matched up well against this team on the O-line and the D-line. The games that we’ve matched up well, we’ve had suc­cess.”

Tar­get­ing a Kicker

Penn State kicker Joey Julius made jar­ring tack­les against Kent State and Michi­gan this sea­son and as a re­sult has drawn block­ing in­ter­est on kick­offs. He was the vic­tim of a late hit against Min­nesota and the Go­phers’ Jaylen Wa­ters was ejected. Satur­day, Julius was knocked down late by Mary­land’s Isa­iah Davis after his sec­ond-half kick­off had sailed out of bounds and Davis was ejected. “If he (Davis) wasn’t thrown out of the game, he would have been re­moved by me,” Durkin said. “That is not us. We had mo­men­tum to start the half and that swung it the other way.” Julius, who weighs 260 pounds, re­vealed on Face­book last week that he un­der­went treat­ment over the sum­mer in a St. Louis fa­cil­ity for an eat­ing disor­der.

Up Next

MARY­LAND: After play­ing three of its first five games on the road, Mary­land re­turns home to face Min­nesota on Oct. 15.

PENN STATE: The Nit­tany Lions have an open date Oct. 15 prior to play­ing their third straight home game on Oct. 22 against No. 2 Ohio State; the Buck­eyes will be Penn State’s sec­ond top-five op­po­nent this sea­son.

CHRIS KNIGHT — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley is tack­led by Mary­land’s Shane Cock­er­ille dur­ing the first half Satur­day.

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