A crowd of 102,746 watched Penn State display a variety of offensive weapons to defeat an overmatched Georgia State team 56-0.
Nittany Lions star running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Saquon Barkley ran for only 50 yards but caught four passes for 142 yards to include taking a short pass and turning it into an 85-yard run.
Quarterback Trace McSorley finished with 309 yards passing and four touchdowns on 18-of-23 passing after throwing for a Penn State-record 258 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Both only played through the first two drives of the third quarter. Besides Barkley and McSorley, eight different Nittany Lions found the end zone. Tommy Stevens who also threw for a touchdown, caught the first touchdown of the game, while three different receivers also added touchdown catches. Running backs Miles Sanders and Andre Robinson both broke free for long touchdown runs in the second half.
Earning their second shutout in three games, the Penn State defense pulled in five turnovers; all of which led to touchdowns.
Penn State Head Coach James Franklin said after the game, “There’s a bunch of stats and numbers down here I could go over, but the more important thing is we came out and played a complete game.”
Franklin said. “Whenever you get five turnovers on defense and you don’t turn the ball over on offense, that’s a recipe for success.”
A bright spot for Georgia State was running back Taz Bateman rushing for 100 yards on 29 carries. He also caught three passes for 19 yards.
Defensively, Georgia State geared it game plan to slow down Barkley on the ground and it did a nice job holding Barkley to 50 rushing yards.
GSU Coach Shawn Elliott says: “I saw an improvement in a lot of areas that we can move on, and I saw a lot of disappointment. We’ve got to continue building and really working on these things, and we’ll see how it goes. “
“We gave up a lot of cheap points, that’s probably the most disappointing thing, a lot of cheap, cheap points.”