Penn State Vs. Nebraska: Top Players And Key Stats
PLAYER OF THE GAME
RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
He looked like the best player in college football again. In what might be the last game he plays at Beaver Stadium, the junior rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and also caught six passes for 66 yards, helping Penn State to a dominant first half and its second consecutive unbeaten season at home.
LT Will Fries, Penn State: Threw a key block on Barkley’s third touchdown run and keyed a much better, more physical effort in the run game that focused on the left side of the offensive line.
QB Trace McSorley, Penn State: Another borderline spectacular effort for the Nittany Lions’ junior signal caller, who completed 24 of 36 passes for 325 yards and three scores. Also rushed for 46 yards.
MLB Jason Cabinda, Penn State: The Nittany Lions defense dominated most of the first half when the game was in the balance, and Cabinda was creating the most chaos. Finished with seven tackles, a half sack and two pass breakups in his final game at Beaver Stadium.
BY THE NUMBERS
2 — Players in Penn state history with two seasons in which they accounted for 100 points: Kicker Kevin Kelly and RB Saquon Barkley, who surpassed that total with his first-quarter touchdown.
3 — Rushing touchdowns for Barkley, who broke Lydell Mitchell’s career record in the process. Barkley has 39 career rushing scores.
32 — First downs amassed by Penn State, their most in a game since piling up 35 against Minnesota on Oct. 1, 2005.
47 — Receiving yards for Penn State TE Mike Gesicki, who broke Ted Kwalick’s mark for most career receiving yards by a Nittany Lions tight end.
439 — Total yards of offense for Penn State in the first half.