Penn State mauls hap­less Purdue

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jeff Wash­burn

Saquon Barkley ran for 207 yards and two touch­downs, Trace McSor­ley threw three scor­ing passes, and Penn State used a 24-point third quar­ter to roll to a 62-24 vic­tory against Purdue.

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. >> Penn State crossed sev­eral items off its to-do list Satur­day in be­com­ing bowl eli­gi­ble, stay­ing within a game of first place in the Big Ten East and end­ing a se­v­engame road los­ing streak.

Saquon Barkley ran for 207 yards and two touch­downs, Trace McSor­ley threw three scor­ing passes, and the Nit­tany Li­ons used a 24-point third quar­ter as the cen­ter­piece of their 62-24 vic­tory against Purdue.

The Nit­tany Li­ons (62, 4-1 in the Big Ten) con­verted an in­ter­cep­tion, a fum­bled punt and a failed on­side kick into third-quar­ter touch­downs on their way to a fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, They snapped the seven-game road slide that be­gan in 2014, and de­feated strug­gling Purdue for an eighth con­sec­u­tive time.

Penn State’s 62 points are the most scored by an op­po­nent in Ross-Ade Sta­dium, which was com­pleted in 1924. Ohio State’s 56-0 vic­tory against Purdue in 2013 was the record.

“We were talk­ing at half­time about hav­ing a sense of ur­gency, and we came out in the sec­ond half with that in mind,” McSor­ley said. “Ev­ery­one kind of loos­ened up in the sec­ond half. In the first half, we were play­ing tense. We weren’t play­ing loose. We came out in the sec­ond half and played loose.”

Tied at 17 through two quar­ters, the Nit­tany Li­ons outscored Purdue (3-5, 1-4) 24-7 in the piv­otal third quar­ter. McSor­ley threw a 1-yard touch­down pass to Chris God­win and for 21 yards to Miles San­ders for an­other.

“I think we did a good job of di­gest­ing what the coaches were say­ing at half­time and tak­ing that out on the field,” said God­win, who caught five passes for 58 yards. “We def­i­nitely were a fo­cused foot­ball team in the sec­ond half, and it’s very im­por­tant for us to both run and pass when we have to. You never know when some­one is go­ing to shut you down in one of those as­pects.”

Barkley ex­tended the Penn State lead to 48-24 with 13:56 re­main­ing on a ca­reer-best 81-yard run along the right side­line. It was the long­est touch­down run by a Nit­tany Lion since Larry John­son’s 84-yarder in 2002 against Illi­nois.

“We knew we were go­ing to have a bat­tle,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. “Early in the game, we just made too many mis­takes. We are usu­ally one of the most dis­ci­plined teams in foot­ball. I don’t want to say we’re a sec­ond-half team, but in the locker room, we de­cided we were a sec­ond­half team. We made plays, and their turnovers were huge.”

Purdue, which got two touch­down passes from David Blough, in­clud­ing a 62-yarder to DeAn­gelo Yancey, led 14-7 and 17-14 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“We haven’t been able to take care of the ball in the sec­ond half, and that is the big­gest thing,” Blough said. “We scored only seven points in the sec­ond half, and that is un­ac­cept­able for the ex­pec­ta­tions we have for this of­fense.”

McSor­ley fin­ished 12 of 23 of 228 yards and the ca­reer-best three TDs. Blough com­pleted 34 of 50 passes for 281 yards. He was in­ter­cepted once, which set up a third-quar­ter TD.

“We had great en­ergy in the first half, and then when we came out of the half ... that’s com­pletely on me,” said Purdue in­terim coach Gerad Parker , who took over when fourth-year coach Dar­rell Hazell was fired on Oct. 16. “When things didn’t go our way, we didn’t re­spond.”

Take­aways

Penn State: Af­ter up­set­ting then-No. 2 Ohio State last Satur­day, the Nit­tany Li­ons started slowly, but com­pletely dom­i­nated the sec­ond half, win­ning for the fourth con­sec­u­tive time in Oc­to­ber. McSor­ley and Barkley gave Penn State the per­fect mix of pass­ing and run­ning, help­ing the Nit­tany Li­ons amass 511 yards of of­fense.

Purdue: In con­sec­u­tive losses to Ne­braska and Penn State, the Boil­er­mak­ers have been outscored a col­lec­tive 62-7 dur­ing sec­ond-half ac­tion. Purdue’s mar­gin for er­ror is slim to be­gin with, but the sec­ond­half mis­cues against Penn State pro­duced a bru­tal out­come.

Poll Im­pli­ca­tions

The Nit­tany Li­ons, com­ing off their big win against the Buck­eyes, should move up a bit in the AP Top 25 (http://www.col­lege­foot­ball.ap.org/poll).

Key Stats

Penn State: In amass­ing 511 to­tal yards, the Nit­tany Li­ons had al­most per­fect bal­ance, rush­ing for 257 yards and pass­ing for 254 with­out turn­ing over the ball.

Purdue: While the Boil­er­mak­ers ran the ball with ease on Oct. 8 in a vic­tory at Illi­nois, their 26 rushes against Penn State net­ted only 46 yards, with Markell Jones’ 23-yarder in the first half be­ing their long­est.

Up Next

Penn State: The Li­ons host Iowa next Satur­day.

Purdue: The Boil­er­mak­ers play next Satur­day at

MICHAEL CON­ROY — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Penn State run­ning back Saquon Barkley scores on a 81-yard run against Purdue on Satur­day.

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