Either go out of bounds or hit a defender that was closing in. As usual with Barkley, he strayed from expectation.
A shrewd stutter-step inside, then out, created enough separation between Barkley and the primary defender in pursuit. It’s awesome to see him put it all together.”Barkley became the first Penn State player in history to have a run of at least 80 yards and a reception of at least 80 yards in his career”. He finished 18-for-23 for 309 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and also ran for another score.He extended a record he’s owned by throwing a touchdown pass for the 18th consecutive game, Eight Penn State players scored touchdowns: Barkley, McSorley, backup running backs Miles Sanders and Andre Robinson, backup quarterback Tommy Stevens and wide receivers DaeSean Hamilton, Saeed Blacknall and Brandon Polk.”I think that’s awesome”, McSorley said.
“Several days before his team traveled to Beaver Stadium, Georgia State coach Shawn Elliott was asked about Penn State’s speed in general and Saquon Barkley’s speed in particular”.
The showing proved that Barkley is as unsafe in the passing game as he is dodging defenders in the trenches. That’s what caused him to spend a few minutes with a team trainer in the sideline medical tent in the second quarter.
McSorley leads the Nittany Lions to their third win of the season with his sixth career 300-yard passing game.
Feeding the beast was the quarterback trying to unmute his Heisman hype. McSorley certainly had the stats to break open the conversation that went cold after an inaccurate outing against Pitt.
“Trace definitely threw the ball better”, Franklin said.
McSorley threw his 15-yard touchdown pass to Polk, who was also his teammate at Briar Woods High School in Virginia, with 7:56 left in the third quarter.
Conner Manning completed 16 of 29 passes for 133 yards for Georgia State (0-2) with three interceptions. What has changed, even in the past two years, is his speed. But the two have developed a pretty strong connection the past two seasons, and McSorley knew he had Barkley in the open field.
Having two viable Heisman candidates on one team is proven to hurt the chances of both contenders. However, the Nittany Lions benefit from the play of their two candidates.
“We’re able to complement what we do in the pass and the run games”, McSorley said.