McSorley pro­pels of­fense in blowout

PSU quar­ter­back goes 18 for 23 for 309 yards in win.

The Times-Tribune - - Sports - BY TRAVIS JOHN­SON

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.

CHRIS KNIGHT / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Penn State’s DaeSean Hamil­ton avoids a hit by Georgia State’s Cedric Stone af­ter a catch dur­ing the first half.

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