Penn State trounces Georgia State to stay un­beaten

Nit­tany Li­ons trounce Georgia State

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By TRAVIS JOHN­SON

STATE COL­LEGE — Trace Mcsorley threw a Beaver Sta­dium-record 85-yard 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 on Satur­day night.

A week af­ter a shaky start against Pitts­burgh, Mcsorley bounced back in a rare prime-time game against a non-power Five school. He com­pleted 14-of19 passes for 258 yards in the first half to help Penn State (3-0) take a 35-0 lead.

Mcsorley fin­ished 18-of23 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.

THE TAKE­AWAY

Georgia State: The Pan­thers ac­tu­ally moved the ball at times early. They just

couldn’t move it any­where close to scor­ing po­si­tion. Hart was ex­plo­sive most of the night and was able to get open. Man­ning has a quick re­lease and was able to keep Penn State’s pass rush at bay, but his ac­cu­racy needs to im­prove to keep his of­fense mov­ing.

Penn State: The Nit­tany Li­ons con­tinue to break big plays seem­ingly at will and their de­fense is thriv­ing. With nearly three dozen play­ers ro­tat­ing in and out through the first three games, Penn State has al­lowed just one touch­down. With the con­fer­ence opener loom­ing, Penn State ap­pears primed for an­other strong Big Ten run.

Associated press

Penn State’s Tommy Stevens, right, dives into the end zone for a touch­down against Georgia State on Satur­day night at Beaver Sta­dium. Trail­ing the play is Georgia State’s Bryan Wil­liams (20).

Penn State’s Chris­tian Camp­bell, back, knocks a pass away from Georgia State’s Tamir Jones dur­ing Satur­day night’s game at Beaver Sta­dium.

Penn State’s Saquon Barkley, right, runs in for a touch­down af­ter a catch against Georgia State dur­ing the first half of Satur­day night’s game at Beaver Sta­dium.

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