Penn State and Rutgers met on Saturday, Nov. 11. Penn State routed Rutgers, 35-6 to get to 8-2.
Penn State was 8-2 and ranked No. 14 in initial College Football Playoff rankings following two consecutive Big Ten losses. Rutgers enters the game at 4-5, matching a program-high with 3 conference wins this season. Last year, the Nittany Lions routed the Scarlet Knights 39-0 in Piscataway, N.J.
Penn State-Rutgers football score, live updates
FINAL: Penn State 35, Rutgers 6
Penn State 35, Rutgers 6 (Q4, 6:52): Trace McSorley passes to Mike Gesicki for a 16-yard touchdown. Gesicki ties the program record for career TD catches (11) by a tight end, matching Jesse James.
Penn State 28, Rutgers 6 (Q3, 1:42): The Nittany Lions have now scored 28 unanswered points, taking control of this contest. A pair of completions to Juwan Johnson set the stage for a 4-yard touchdown run for Saquon Barkley. It’s his second score of the game.
Penn State 21, Rutgers 6 (Q3, 6:00): The Nittany Lions claim a multi-possession lead courtesy of a 1-yard touchdown run for Saquan Barkley. It’s his 16th touchdown of the season. Kicker Tyler Davis sets a Penn State record by converting his 120th straight extra-point attempt. Considering Rutgers’ season-long ineffectiveness in the passing game, this 15-point lead is fairly deep hole to dig out of.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 11, 2017
Penn State 14, Rutgers 6 (Q3, 13:10): Penn State caught a big break, recovering a Rutgers fumble on the opening kickoff of second-half action. However, the Nittany Lions then lost 13 yards on 3 plays. Pushed beyond field goal range, Penn State punted. It’s a key missed opportunity for Penn State.
Penn State 14, Rutgers 6 (halftime): The Nittany Lions continue to struggle in rushing efforts but Trace McSorley has been effective through the air, completing 7 of 10 pass attempts for 106 yards. He found receiver DaeSean Hamilton for a 22-yard touchdown with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining in the first half to extend Penn State’s lead. McSorley has now thrown at least 1 touchdown in 25 straight games, becoming the all-time program leader for total touchdowns (61). Saquon Barkley hasn’t been able to do anything on offense, limited to negative-3 yards on 5 offensive touches.
Penn State 7, Rutgers 6 (Q2, 9:32): The Nittany Lions answer, using only four plays to drive 65 yards. Quarterback Trace McSorley scores on a 20-yard touchdown run to give Penn State a 1-point lead. It’s his 9th rushing touchdown of the season.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 11, 2017
Rutgers 6, Penn State 0 (Q2, 11:16): The Scarlet Knights travel 57 yards on 15 plays in 7 minutes, 45 seconds to extend a lead over Penn State. Rutgers kicker Andrew Harte caps the drive off with a 25-yard field goal.
Rutgers 3, Penn State 0 (Q2, 15:00): A Nittany Lions gaffe on the opening kickoff is the difference through 15 minutes of action. Penn State has been unable to sustain an offensive series deep into Rutgers territory, while the Scarlet Knights have leaned heavily on the run game to control the clock. Rutgers possessed the ball nearly six minutes longer than Penn State in the opening quarter.
Rutgers 3, Penn State 0 (Q1, 12:48): Penn State is dealing with some early adversity here at Beaver Stadium. The opening kickoff from Rutgers landed intentionally short of Saquon Barkley and the Scarlet Knights cashed in by recovering the ball. The Scarlet Knights failed to move the ball much afterward but converted a 33-yard field goal.
Pregame: As expected, the Nittany Lions will be without starting left tackle Ryan Bates against Rutgers. Bates suffered a leg injury Oct. 28 vs. Ohio State. Redshirt freshman Will Fries has filled the role in his absence.
Ryan Bates is not dressed today for Penn State.
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) November 11, 2017
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Pregame: It’s chilly at Beaver Stadium. Temperatures are hovering in the high-teens this morning. However, it is sunny. That’s a welcome sight following the wet conditions that helped define the Penn State-Michigan State matchup last Saturday.
Cold and clear atop Beaver Stadium. pic.twitter.com/LbqcR37ZXz
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) November 11, 2017
Penn State-Rutgers football preview, picks
Penn State returns home to Beaver Stadium following a pair of dramatic defeats on the road. The Nittany Lions were listed No. 2 in the nation last time they played in Happy Valley — a 42-13 thrashing of Michigan — but recent losses to Ohio State and Michigan State by a combined margin of 4 points dropped the team to No. 14 in College Football Playoff rankings.
Penn State enters this matchup with a 12-game home win streak, and the Nittany Lions are 3-0 in this series since Rutgers joined the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights have already matched a program high with three conference wins, claiming those in their past four Big Ten matchups.
Following a frustrating game on the ground vs. Michigan State, Penn State running back Saquan Barkley can boost his Heisman Trophy hopes with a dominant performance Saturday. He enters the contest No. 2 among all FBS players in all-purpose yards per game (195.6) and has accounted for 15 total touchdowns.
Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley threw for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns last week, but his 3 interceptions were a season-high. He’ll look to air things out to top pass targets such as Mike Gesicki (38 receptions, 374 yards, 4 touchdowns), DaeSean Hamilton (36 receptions, 606 yards, 6 touchdowns) and Juwan Johnson (32 receptions, 389 yards, 1 touchdown).
The Penn State defense will look to rebound after surrendering 63 points during its past two matchups. Prior to those losses, the Nittany Lions led all FBS teams in scoring defense (9.6 points per game). This group is led by linebacker Jason Cabinda, the team’s leader in tackles, and Thorpe Award semifinalists Marcus Allen and Grant Haley.
It’s all about the run game for Rutgers’ offensive attack. Former Miami Hurricanes running back Gus Edwards leads the way with 630 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns, while Robert Martin and Raheem Blackshear have combined for 587 rushing yards and 6 scores.
Don’t expect much out of the Scarlet Knights’ aerial efforts. Rutgers quarterbacks have combined to produce 127 passing yards per game, collecting 6 touchdown tosses and 9 interceptions. Jerome Washington is the only receiver with more than 20 catches and 200 receiving yards.
The Rutgers defense faces quite a challenge against Penn State’s plethora of weapons. Linebacker Trevor Morris (81 tackles) and safety K.J. Gray (50 tackles, 2 interceptions) spearhead the unit.
Tyler Donohue’s prediction: Penn State 34, Rutgers 7
Just like a year ago, expect Penn State to roll.
Penn State-Rutgers football TV channel
Penn State and Rutgers play at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 11. The game is on FOX.
- Time: Noon, ET
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 11
- TV channel: FOX
- Online: BTN2Go
- Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.
Penn State-Rutgers football live stream
The Penn State-Rutgers game can also be watched live online through the stream at BTN2Go.
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