Penn State players help assistant propose to girlfriend after Rutgers win

Jerome Frank
November 13, 2017

Barkley scored two plays later.

Trace McSorley completed 16 of 21 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Best kick: Penn State's Blake Gillikin hit a 53-yard punt in the first quarter. Best blocks: Penn State left tackle Will Fries and left guard Steven Gonzalez opened big holes on Barkley's touchdown runs of 1 and 4 yards in the fourth quarter.

Struggled to get things going on the ground - he finished with just 35 yards - but he scored two touchdowns, and his 11-yard run on a hook-and-lateral play in the third quarter set up the backbreaking Penn State touchdown. Rutgers made its sixth first down of the game on the fourth play of the second quarter, but didn't pick up its seventh until just under 6 minutes remained in the fourth quarter.

First, the Nittany Lions overcame a slow start to clobber Rutgers, 35-6, improving their record to 8-2 on the year.

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Both are precursors to Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings release; the Lions were No. 14 there a week ago and behind three Big Ten teams, but that number should flip to two after Wisconsin blasted Iowa and Ohio State blew out Michigan State in Columbus. Barkley capped the drive with a 4-yard run.

Rutgers went up 44-36 early in the second half, but Central Connecticut responded with 10 straight points to take a two-point lead with 10:27 to play. They had a 6-0 lead that could have easily been 14-0 if anything came easily for this offense.

Defensive player of the game: Brandon Smith filled in for suspended linebacker Manny Bowen and racked up 10 tackles.

WHAT WE LEARNED: Coach James Franklin was right about his team having a hangover last week. Injury report: Penn State sophomore offensive tackle Ryan Bates and sophomore defensive end Ryan Buchholz, who are out with undisclosed leg injuries, were not in uniform.

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