McSorley leads PSU in rout of Georgia St.
STATE COLLEGE » Trace McSorley threw a Beaver Stadium-record 85yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley for one of his four scoring strikes and also ran for a touchdown in No. 5 Penn State’s 56-0 victory over Georgia State Saturday night.
A week after a shaky start against Pittsburgh, McSorley bounced back in a rare prime-time game against a nonPower Five school. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 258 yards in the first half to help Penn State (3-0) take a 35-0 lead.
McSorley finished 18 of 23 for 309 yards. Barkley had 226 all-purpose yards and wasn’t fazed by an awkward hit that sent him laboring to the sideline in the second quarter.
Barkley returned to the game after a brief evaluation but wasn’t needed much longer. Penn State (3-0) rested most of its starters after scoring on its first drive of the second half.
Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens caught a touchdown pass and threw one, and DaeSean Hamilton, Brandon Polk and Saeed Blacknall added touchdown receptions for Penn State.
Miles Sanders ran one in while Barkley was being evaluated for a potential injury, and Andre Robinson added a late rushing touchdown for Penn State.
Conner Manning completed 16 of 29 passes for 133 yards for Georgia State (0-2) with three interceptions. The Panthers also lost two fumbles and Penn State turned all five turnovers into touchdowns.
Penn State’s DaeSean Hamilton (5) avoids a hit by Georgia State’s Cedric Stone, left, after a catch during the first half Saturday.