McSorley propels offense in blowout
PSU quarterback goes 18 for 23 for 309 yards in win.
ASSOCIATED PRESS 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 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.
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.
Penn State’s DaeSean Hamilton avoids a hit by Georgia State’s Cedric Stone after a catch during the first half.