Penn State Insider
PLAYER OF THE GAME QB Trace McSorley, Penn State After a slow start, the junior quarterback completed 3 of 4 passes for 65 yards and ran for a 3-yard touchdown on Penn State’s key closing-minute touchdown drive in the first half, and he took off from there. He scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a daring 13-yard run to the end zone that helped the Nittany Lions to a comfortable 15-point lead in the third quarter. Finished with 282 passing yards, 76 rushing yards and four touchdowns. GAME BALLS RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State: Broke his first carry of the game for a Heisman-highlight 69-yard touchdown and totalled 108 rushing yards on 15 carries, adding 53 yards on three catches. He accounted for three touchdowns in the process. WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State: Seemed to come up with every big catch for Penn State. Had six catches for 115 yards and each of his first four catches — and five in all — went for first downs. CB David Long, Michigan: His first quarter interception changed momentum, helping the Wolverines recover from a 14-0 deficit to get within one point of the lead late in the first half. BY THE NUMBERS 0 Points allowed by Penn State’s defense in first quarters this season. Its offense has scored 90. 12 Career games with at least one rushing and one passing touchdown for QB Trace McSorley. 42 Points for Penn State, the most allowed by Michigan since giving up 42 against Ohio State in 2015. 109 First-half rushing yards for Penn State. 302 Total yards gained by Penn State in the first half, more yards than Michigan allowed in any of its first six games.