Penn State hosts Pittsburgh

Kristopher Nichols
September 11, 2017

No. 4 Penn State (2-0) dominated the field position battle with strong defense and special teams and Saquon Barkley and Mike Gesicki scored a pair of touchdowns each in a 33-14 victory over Pittsburgh (1-1) in non-conference football action Saturday afternoon in Beaver Stadium.

In 2016, the Pittsburgh Panthers beat the Penn State Nittany Lions in an instant classic, 42-39.

Trace McSorley played in four state finals in high school and the Big Ten title game and the Rose Bowl a year ago.

"I know previous year for their win it was like the Super Bowl, but for us this was just like beating Akron", Franklin said.

Penn State opened its season with a dominant 52-0 win over Akron last week.

McSorley, who won three state titles at Briar Woods High in Ashburn, finished 15-for-28 passing with 164 yards and three touchdowns. "It just matters what we think, and if we think it is, then it is for us, and it doesn't have to be for them".

"Guys had grudges, a chip on their shoulder coming into this game, like myself", Allen said.

Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour has acknowledged the school's longtime notion that it must have at least seven home games per year. Pittsburgh will likely remember them heading into next season's matchup. Penn State would lose again, two weeks later against MI, before going undefeated the rest of the regular season.

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"I think with how previous year ended, I think that was kind of playing a lot into it", McSorley said.

"I think they took it too far".

James Franklin likes to preach to his team that no win is more significant than any other.

Penn State hosts Georgia State next Saturday before opening up Big Ten play the following week against Iowa.

"It's one game at time", he said. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley made the easy throw over the top. The Panthers crept within 1 but could get no closer. The Pitt defense gave up a number of long pass plays allowing YSU to climb back in and send the game to overtime.

And that's surely fine with Narduzzi, who has embraced the rekindled Penn State-Pitt rivalry with the same fervor that he had for Michigan-Michigan State.

Barkley amassed 183 all-purpose yards, rushing 14 times for 88 yards and a touchdown, catching four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown, and returning two kicks for 50 yards.

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