Penn State-Georgia State recap: Score, stats, analysis for Week 3 game (9/16/2017)

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Penn State seeks its 10th consecutive victory in Beaver Stadium on Saturday night, welcoming Georgia State to campus for the first game between these programs. The Nittany Lions logged a 52-0 win over Akron in a Sept. 2 season opener, and pummeled Pitt, 33-14, on Sept. 9.

Coach James Franklin has led Penn State to an 11-1 record in its past 12 games, capturing the 2016 Big Ten championship in the process. The Nittany Lions, ranked No. 5 in the AP poll and Coaches Poll, aim to maintain a strong start and roll into conference competition unbeaten.

Stay updated on this Saturday evening matchup as it progresses right here.

Penn State-Georgia State live updates, score

FINAL: Penn State 56, Georgia State 9. James Franklin iced Penn State’s kicker when the Lions were up 56 points with 11 seconds left in the game. Penn State got the ball back and kneeled, and the game’s over.

Penn State 56, Georgia State 0 (Q4, 8:55): Penn State has posted a new season-high for points, surpassing the 52 points produced against Akron. Andre Robinson became the third Nittany Lions running back to reach the end zone tonight, sprinting 41 yards for the touchdown. It’s been a prolific performance for Penn State’s offensive attack, as eight players have scored. This is the first time since 2008 Penn State has scored at least 50 points in two games, and it’s only mid-September.

Penn State 49, Georgia State 0 (Q4, 15:00): The Nittany Lions added two more touchdowns in the third quarter, and now enter the final stretch of an absolute route in Beaver Stadium. Expect James Franklin to use several reserve players moving forward, providing opportunities for younger players to prove their capable contributors as Big Ten competition approaches.

Penn State 49, Georgia State 0 (Q3, 6:01): The offensive fireworks continue for Penn State, fueled yet again by a big defensive play. Cornerback Christian Campbell recorded the Nittany Lions’ third interception of the night. Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens, fresh off his second reception of the game, replaced Trace McSorley behind center and provided an immediate highlight. Stevens stood tall in the pocket as a defender crushed him, delivering a 35-yard scoring dart to Saeed Blacknall. Seven Nittany Lions players have scored tonight. 

Penn State 42, Georgia State 0 (Q3, 7:56): The Nittany Lions capitalized on another Georgia State turnover to expand its lead midway through the third quarter. Trace McSorley surpassed 300 passing yards and collected his fourth touchdown pass of the night with a 15-yard toss to Brandon Polk. Six different Nittany Lions have now scored tonight.

Penn State 35, Georgia State 0 (halftime): Penn State delivered a first-half onslaught against the Panthers, fueled by four touchdowns during a 13-minute span of game action. Trace McSorley collected 273 total yards and 4 touchdowns. Saquon Barkley totaled 220 all-purpose yards and a score.

Penn State 35, Georgia State 0 (Q2, 3:26): The Nittany Lions defense provided another opportunity for the offense to points on the board, and this combination came through yet again. Senior safety Marcus Allen snagged the first interception of his career, returning it 50 yards to give Penn State possession deep in Georgia State. After converting a third down pass to Juwan Johnson, Trace McSorley kept the ball and rushed 8 yards for a touchdowns. He now has 264 total yards and 4 total touchdowns in the first half. This is the ninth game in which McSorley has rushed for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown.

Penn State 28, Georgia State 0 (Q2, 8:55): Penn State cornerback Grant Haley plucked an interception for the second straight game, placing in potent Nittany Lions offense in striking distance. It didn’t take long to cash in, as running back Miles Sanders dashed 29 yards down the sideline, getting a helpful block from Trace McSorley. Penn State has now scored 3 touchdowns in less than 8 minutes of game time. This one is getting ugly fast.

Penn State 21, Georgia State 0 (Q2, 11:44): Trace McSorley is putting together a fantastic game through less than 19 minutes of game action. The redshirt junior quarterback connected with DaeSean Hamiltion for a 27-yard touchdown, his third scoring strike of the evening. McSorley has completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Trace McSorley has thrown a touchdown in 18 straight games. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penn State 14, Georgia State 0 (Q1, 0:49): Saquon Barkley strikes! The Heisman Trophy hopeful added another highlight to his reel by turning an intermediate pass completion into an 85-yard touchdown. The junior outraced several defenders along the Georgia State sideline, showcasing the elite speed that makes him such a unique playmaker. Barkley now has 5 total touchdowns through 9 quarters this season.

Penn State 7, Georgia State 0 (Q1, 3:35): Penn State has been pretty fortunate thus far in 2017 when it comes to injuries but defensive end Torrence Brown appeared to suffer a right leg injury while dealing with a block. He just spent several minutes on the grass while being evaluated by Nittany Lions staff. Brown, a junior, exited the field on a cart so we may need to wait until Franklin’s postgame media conference for an update.

Penn State 7, Georgia State 0 (Q1, 11:48): The Nittany Lions strike with an eight-play scoring drive to open the game. Saquon Barkley set the offensive up with excellent field position, returning the opening kickoff to Penn State’s 37-yard line. The ensuing series featured 3 pass completions to receiver DeAndre Thomkins, but it was backup quarterback Tommy Stevens who caught a 10-yard touchdown toss from Trace McSorley, who has now thrown a touchdown in 18 straight games.

Pregame: Penn State has hit the field. Kickoff was listed for 7:30 but we’re getting started a bit later than that tonight.

Pregame: There were a couple notable observations during the announcement of starting lineups here for Penn State. Saquon Barkley is now officially listed as the starting kick returner, which James Franklin confirmed was the case Tuesday. Though he was listed No. 3 on the depth chart, which featured sophomore running back Miles Sanders in the top spot, Barkley has been the guy awaiting kicks though two games and that will continue. Additionally, Will Fries will make his first start at left guard with Brendan Mahon out of the lineup. Steven Gonzalez slides over to right guard.

Pregame: I discussed some of the key storylines entering this game, along with a big recruiting night for the Nittany Lions and my prediction on Facebook Live this evening. If you missed it, check out the video below.

Penn State-Georgia State preview

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Sept. 16

Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.

Weather: Temperatures will start in the low 70s before falling to the mid 60s. The skies will be partly cloudy.

The line: Penn State -38.5

Over/under: 54.5

How to watch on TV: The Nittany Lions and Panthers are playing on Big Ten Network

How to watch online: The game can be watched on BTN2Go.

How to listen: The game is broadcast on Penn State Sports Network. The game is also on 1340 AM, 103.7 FM, and 88.5 FM.


Penn State-Georgia State preview

As the massive betting line suggests, Penn State is considered an overwhelming favorite entering the game. The Nittany Lions have been getting it done with a balanced approach, exhibiting offensive firepower while shutting down opponents with stingy defense.

Penn State allowed just 1 touchdown during its first two games, producing a safety and 2 interceptions against Pitt. The Nittany Lions lead college football in tackles for loss per game (11.5), serving evidence of a penetrative front seven.

Through two contests, Heisman Trophy hopeful Saquon Barkley has 4 total touchdowns. The junior running back has racked up 260 rushing yards, 99 receiving yards, and serves as Penn State’s primary kick returner.

Quarterback Trace McSorley also enjoyed a strong opening stretch, tallying 6 total scores, 444 passing yards and 113 rushing yards in the first two matchups. Tight end Mike Gesicki has been his top target, reaching the end zone 4 times already.

Gesicki, a senior and preseason All-American, is now 1 touchdown shy of tying the all-time career record for Nittany Lions tight ends.

Georgia State enters the matchup 0-1 after suffering a 17-10 loss to Tennessee State in Week 1. In that defeat, the Panthers managed only 49 rushing yards, while Connor Manning and Aaron Winchester split time at quarterback.

Still a relative newcomer to FBS action, Georgia State showed upset potential last season, leading Wisconsin in the fourth quarter on the road. The Badgers ultimately prevailed but it’s proof the Panthers can handle themselves in a Big Ten setting.

This is Penn State’s final tune-up before conference action commences. The Nittany Lions travel to Iowa on Sept. 23 for a 7:30 p.m. ET showdown on ABC.

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