Rutgers dropped to 4-6 on the season as Penn State scored 35 unanswered points in a 35-6 win on Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. Rutgers outplayed the Nittany Lions in the first 15 minutes, but the Scarlet Knights’ offense stalled often in the final 3 quarters.
Rutgers had just 200 yards to Penn State’s 304 and Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley finished with 3 total touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing) and 214 passing yards.
Rutgers-Penn State live updates, score
Penn State 35, Rutgers 6, 6:52: McSorley finds Mike Gesicki for another Penn State touchdown and to put the game out of reach. It’s 35 unanswered points for Penn State.
Penn State 28, Rutgers 6, 1:42: Barkley scores again to put Penn State up by 22 points. This time it’s from 4 yards out. It’s Barkley’s first game with 2 rushing touchdowns since Oct. 21 vs. Michigan.
Penn State 21, Rutgers 6, 6:00: Saquon Barkley picks up his first touchdown since the Ohio State game as he scores on a 1-yard run. The touchdown was set up by a hook and ladder that Penn State executed well with Barkley two plays before the score.
Penn State 14, Rutgers 6, 1:16: Penn State pads its lead before halftime. McSorley gets another touchdown, finding DaeSean Hamilton for a 22-yard strike.
Penn State 7, Rutgers 6, 9:32: Penn State’s offense has finally shown up. In less than 2 minutes, the Nittany Lions go 65 yards for a touchdown. Trace McSorley caps off the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run.
Rutgers 6, Penn State 0, 11:16: Rutgers doubles its lead to 6-0 as Andrew Harte hits another field goal, this one from 25 yards. It’s been a slow start for Penn State.
Rutgers 3, Penn State 0, 12:48: Rutgers takes an early lead, capitalizing on a gaffe by Penn State. The Nittany Lions failed to field a short opening kickoff from Rutgers, which the Scarlet Knights recovered. Rutgers failed to get a first down offensively, but the team turned good field position into a field goal.
Rutgers-Penn State game time, information
TV channel: Big Ten Network
Game time: 12 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, November 11
Location: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
Rutgers vs. Penn State 2017 preview: What you need to know
Rutgers has been hot as of late, while Penn State has lost its last two games
Rutgers is 3-1 in its last four games, all against Big Ten competition. Meanwhile, on the other end, Penn State has dropped its last two.
The Nittany Lions lost to Ohio State two weeks ago in a gut-wrenching 39-38 defeat and then followed it up with a 27-24 loss to Michigan State. It must be said that those two games came against what are currently the No. 12 and No. 13 teams in the country, while Rutgers’ three wins over its last four were against unranked opponents.
What happened last year in this game wasn’t pretty for Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights played the Nittany Lions in 2016 and the game went entirely Penn State’s way. The final score was 39-0, in favor of Penn State. The Scarlet Knights have done a good job running the football in its last few games and that will be the key if they want to pull off what would be an enormous upset.
According to mybookie.ag, Penn State is favored by 31 points
Despite the recent success for Rutgers and the two straight losses for Penn State, the Nittany Lions are still favored to win the game by 31 points. Vegas doesn’t appear to be fooled by the recent history of these two teams, which makes sense considering the end goal is to win money.
The contest between the Scarlet Knights and Nittany Lions is Penn State’s homecoming game
Not that homecoming games generally go one way or another, but any Nittany Lions fans who were thinking about skipping this game may now have a reason to go to as it is homecoming. Coaches in the past have talked about how homecoming can be a distraction for its players, but for Rutgers-Penn State, the majority still believes in the Nittany Lions to win big.
Breakdown of Rutgers’ individual statistics so far in 2017
The 2017 campaign is nine games in and only three regular season games remain for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have been led through the air by Kyle Bolin in terms of sheer numbers, but Giovanni Rescigno has thrown all but three of the team’s passing attempts in its last four games.
Those four games, again, have resulted in a 3-1 record for the Scarlet Knights. Rescigno has thrown 2 touchdowns to 1 interception so far this season, while Bolin has thrown 3 touchdowns to 6 interceptions.
Leading the way on the ground throughout the season has been Gus Edwards. Edwards is the team’s leader in rushing with 630 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. Edwards, a senior, has run for 6 touchdowns.
In Rutgers’ last game — against Illinois, which resulted in an 11-point victory — Edwards ran for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns while catching 2 passes for 46 yards.
In the receiving department, the Scarlet Knights are led by Jerome Washington, who has accumulated 24 catches for 253 yards and 1 touchdowns this season. Washington is one of six players for the team who has caught 1 touchdown pass this season. No player has scored more than 1 receiving touchdown.
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