Penn State hasn’t scratched surface
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,”