Saquon Barkley took the hand-off on the third play from scrimmage and never looked back. As has often been the case throughout his career, it was clear that Barkley was going to score within the first few seconds of his 65 yard touchdown run. Nebraska fought back admirably, thanks to some special teams mistakes by Penn State, but Barkley’s TD run on the first series clearly set the tone. From that point on it seemed he could get whatever he wanted when the ball was in his hands. It was a pleasant reminder of how dangerous Saquon is if he’s given a hole to run through.
Rushing for 158 yards, 3 touchdowns, and adding 66 more yards through the Barkley was having a buffet-style feast limited only by a few desperate open-field tackles, and a reduced workload in the second half.
In a game that got out of hand quickly in the second quarter, you could argue that Barkley’s performance wasn’t necessary to come away with the win. That may be true. Trace McSorley played an excellent game passing for over 300 yards, and Juwan Johnson gave fans something to be excited about looking towards the future with over 100 yards receiving. The Seniors in general played well, with Brandon Smith and Jason Cabinda leading the team in tackles. But more than anyone else, it was clear when Barkley had the ball that the outcome of the game wasn’t in question. Nebraska didn’t have enough to stop him, and that was clear from the opening minute.
Breaking the record for most rushing TDs in Penn State history with 39, and going over 1,000 yards on the season, Saquon Barkley made sure that his last game in Beaver Stadium will be remembered. Thank you, Saquon.