Penn State football gets a late afternoon kickoff for senior day


Both are precursors to Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings release; the Lions were No. 14 there a week ago and behind three Big Ten teams, but that number should flip to two after Wisconsin blasted Iowa and Ohio State blew out Michigan State in Columbus.

Quarterback Trace McSorley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 16 Penn State beat Rutgers at a Beaver Stadium Homecoming on Saturday. Worst call: Rutgers coach Chris Ash chose to run out the final 1:13 of the first half rather than have quarterback Giovanni Rescigno attempt a deep pass. Best run: McSorley faked a handoff to Barkley, broke a couple of tackles and ran for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He ran for just 35 yards on 14 carries while McSorley added 44 yards on 13 carries.

THE BIG PLAY: On a 3rd-and-9 in the third quarter, Penn State ran a hook-and-lateral play, with receiver Hamilton pitching to Barkley after a short catch.

The Scarlet Knights didn't get a first down in the second half until their final drive, which ended in a turnover on downs. The Lions held Rutgers without a first down in the third quarter.

The Scarlet Knights gained only 31 yards of total offense on seven straight possessions between the second and fourth quarters.

The Blue Devils shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, while Rutgers managed just 30.3 percent.

Penn State received the opening kickoff. It was recovered by the Knights' Lawrence Stevens after Saquon Barkley didn't come up to catch it. They did score on the next two possessions. Barkley went over left guard for the TD two plays later. Best pass: McSorley fired a strike to DaeSean Hamilton for a 36-yard gain to the MI 27, setting up McSorley's 3-yard touchdown run late in the first half.