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Penn State defense smothers Northwestern

08 October 2017

Saeed Blacknall had 74 receiving yards for Penn State.

The offensive line is atrocious, quarterback Clayton Thorson (19 of 36, 142 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions, four sacks) has regressed and the receivers rarely get separation.

McSorley said the offense never panicked and was committed to improving the run game in the second half. "Woke up today feeling great". "And his goalie coach is Kyle MacDonald who played here at St. Lawrence and he does a tremendous job".

"It's pretty cool", McSorley said of the record, previously held by Kerry Collins. The Heisman Trophy candidate finished with rushing after being held to minus- the first half. By the end of the third quarter, Saquon Barkley was back to being Saquon Barkley, and after a 53 yard rush touchdown, the Nittany Lions were up 24-0.

Jones won 23 games last season as a freshman, leading Penn State to the Big 10 tournament championship as well as to the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Final with a 10-3 victory over Union in the first round.

"I liked our third period", St. Lawrence coach Mark Morris said. "I thought it was a solid game". "You've gotta be in rhythm at starts up front, and we got some breakdowns in situations that are absolutely critical for us being able to sustain drives and be successful".

Levine made four early saves for Penn State before a service onto the head of Glass across the box found the far post on the right side of the net to give IN the 1-0 lead IN the 20th minute. Defensive lineman Shaka Toney led the way with two sacks.

"I think our defense gave us a chance to win that game and they kept us in the game and we need to fight and we have to respond to adversity", Thorson said. I do think we have some stuff that we have saved for the second half of the year that we haven't showed a whole lot that I think will help us.

Take out the Iowa game, a 13 target, 12 catch clinic, and Barkley is averaging 0.95 targets a quarter in the five other games.

At one point McSorley completed 15 straight. "It's not a matter of if, but a matter of when". "As an offense, it definitely makes you feel like if we have to punt the ball away, our defense can keep them pinned in". In the last two minutes, Alviti got the "Cats into the red zone and rushed into the end zone, scoring the Wildcats" only points for the day. McSorley delivered another strong performance and the defense again gave an opponent little room to move.

This pattern continued throughout the first half, but Northwestern initially stayed competitive thanks to the defensive line.

In the press conference after the game, Thorson summed it up simply: "They played well and we didn't".

- Barkley on whether he was frustrated by his slow start: "You've got to find a way to continue to win".

And so as the Lions now can enjoy a well-earned week off, they'll head into the meat of their schedule - vs. MI followed by trips to Columbus and East Lansing - at 6-0 and in what Franklin called "a good place" and "an ideal situation".

"I'm a fan of the call", he said. I embraced both of those guys after both plays and told them 'hey, this is what happened, I love ya, and now we've gotta lower the strike zone.' ...

The Wildcats' only score came with less than two minutes to play, when backup quarterback Matt Alviti scooted in from 1 yard out. Franklin had said he expected his star tight end to play after he left the previous game against IN with an upper body injury.

Northwestern's defense came ready to play, but an inefficient offense resulted in a 31-7 loss for the Wildcats (2-3, 0-2 BIG) to the Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 B1G). Despite its 10-0 halftime lead, Penn State managed only 146 yards of offense to Northwestern's 166.

Penn State defense smothers Northwestern