After Penn State’s 56-0 rout of Georgia State, the media had a lot to say, especially about the performance of the dynamic duo Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley. Maybe it had something to do with Barkley’s reception for an 85-yard touchdown in the first quarter, or McSorley having his best game of the season after a less-than-stellar performance last week. The Allentown Morning Call did a nice job breaking down Penn State’s longest touchdown ever at Beaver Stadium and pulled together some of McSorley and James Franklin thoughts on the historic run.
Over at Blue White Illustrated, David Eckert did a nice job talking about McSorley’s dramatic improvement, going as far to say his performance against Georgia State was a “redemption,” and included nice quotes from McSorley and from Coach James Franklin.
Land of Ten had a nice piece on Heisman potential for Saquon Barkley but also for Trace McSorley, calling the duo the "most dynamic offensive backfield in college football.”
Continuing on the topic of quarterbacks and running backs, it’s a pretty significant feat that backup quarterback Tommy Stevens completed a trifecta of sorts, per Blue White Illustrated, with Stevens’ seeing his name on statistical charts for passing, rushing and receiving. Stevens shared some quotes about how happy he was to achieve his first rushing touchdown and first passing touchdown of his career this Saturday.
Tommy Stevens wasn’t the only player to have a first added to their list of accomplishments during the Georgia State game. Fan favorite Marcus Allen snagged his first career interception on Saturday, and the folks at 247 Sports pulled together a few quotes (and Blue White Illustrated shared video ) from Allen about the play.
This weekend’s game wasn’t just all about the typical superstars, but about how multiple players got a shot. Eight different players scored for the Nittany Lions, and and Penn Live shared a video of Trace McSorley’s comments on the depth of talent he had at his disposal.
Onward State took a unique look at the young talent on the Nittany Lion squad, and how they were a large part in the shutout of Georgia State. There’s plenty of depth on offense and defense, especially with offensive guard Will Fries, and freshman cornerbacks Lamont Wade and Tariq Castro-Fields — who stood out in a talented secondary. Penn Live focused on their top five who thrived in the game from offense and the defense.
Looking ahead to December, Centre Daily Times went down the path of Penn State as Big Ten favorites, at least in the East division, and looked at other top-ranked Big Ten programs and how they stack up.
If you want to read some player perspectives on the potential for a Big Ten title repeat, Ben Jones at StateCollege.com put together a nice roundup of player quotes on what they think it will take to duplicate the 2016 season. Let’s hope they do it again.