Penn State hasn’t scratched sur­face

The Times-Tribune - - Sports - DON­NIE COLLINS Com­men­tary

TSTATE COL­LEGE his one went ex­actly as pretty much ev­ery­one pic­tured. Penn State dom­i­nated. Over­whelmed Georgia State with its speed, with its ath­leti­cism, with its strength, with its tough­ness and, most of all, its depth. Its first eight touch­downs, af­ter all, were scored by eight dif­fer­ent play­ers.

Run­ning back Saquon Barkley made enough big plays early in the game to add to his im­pres­sive Heis­man Tro­phy can­di­dacy high­light reel. Quar­ter­back Trace McSorley threw for a record 258 pass­ing yards and ac­counted for four touch­downs — be­fore half­time. Re­ceiver DaeSean Hamil­ton scored his first touch­down since the 2016 sea­son opener, and Saeed Black­nall had his first catch of the sea­son, and de­fen­sive backs Mar­cus Allen and Tariq Cas­troFields had their first in­ter­cep­tions ever.

Penn State’s de­fense forced five turnovers and seemed well on its way to pitch­ing its se­cond shutout

in three games this sea­son.

And most im­por­tant of all, the Nit­tany Li­ons scored more than 30 points for the 10th game in a row, some­thing only four other Big Ten teams have ever ac­com­plished. Which is pretty good for a team that al­lowed just one touch­down through the first 11 quar­ters of the 2017 sea­son.

Hon­est coaches will tell you, a per­fect foot­ball game by their stan­dard is easy to de­fine. It’s one that your team wins con­vinc­ingly, let still leaves room for im­prove­ment.

Here’s guess­ing that Penn State’s 56-0 win Satur­day will give head coach James Franklin rea­son to both cel­e­brate and com­plain as the Nit­tany Li­ons head into Big Ten play next week­end.

“Of­fen­sively, I’d like to see us run the ball a lit­tle bet­ter,”

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