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Penn State Knockout Rutgers 28-3

University Park, Pa. Conference play in the Big Ten conference took center stage on Saturday under the primetime lights at Beaver Stadium on the Campus of Penn State Universality as Penn State Nittany Lions takes on Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Penn State entered the game with a record of 1-1 and off a win over Buffalo on September 12 while Rutgers makes their trip to State College PA off a loss to Washington State also on September 12. The game featured the “Stripe OUT” as the Crowd at Beaver Stadium would alternate each section from Blue to White. The Game was broadcasted nationally on Big Ten Network.

Rutgers won the toss & deferred to 2nd half, Penn State would start the game, Both teams would struggle in the first quarter and they could not move the ball and some bad penalties by both teams and it would turn out to be a scoreless 1st quarter. Penn State would open the scoring in the 2nd half when wide receiver  DeAndre Thompkins scored on a 2 yard run for the early 7-0 lead. Penn State would make it 14-0 with 5 minutes left in the 2nd quarter when freshman running back Saquon Barkley ran it in from 15 yards out. Rutgers would try to get something going but they could not get it done, Penn State RB Akeel Lynch would break off a 75 yard touchdown late in the quarter to make it 21-0 lead. Penn State would take a 21-0 lead into halftime.

Rutgers got ball to start the second half, nothing much happened in the 3rd quarter as the defense would take over and  both teams would punt the ball multiples and it would lead to a scoreless quarter. Rutgers would get on the board in the 4th quarter on a 34 yard field goal by Kyle Federico.  Penn State would add the game sealing touchdown with under 5 minutes left when RB Saquon Barkley would score from 16 yards out to make it 28-3, that would be Saquon Barkley 2nd touchdown of the game. Penn State would win the game by the score of 28-3 in front of a crowd of 103,323. With the win, Penn State goes to (2-1, 1-0 in conference) and they get ready to play San Diego State at home next week and with the loss Rutgers (1-2, 0-1 in conference) looks to rebound as they head home to host Kansas next week.

Final Stats:

Penn State Nittany Lions:
QB Christian Hackenberg: 10/19 for 141 yards with 1 interception, 2 rush attempts for 3 yards
RB Saquon Barkley: 21 rush attempts for 195 yards with 2 rush touchdowns
RB Akeel Lynch: 10 rush attempts for 120 yards with 1 rush TD
WR DeSean Hamilton: 5 catches for 86 yards

Rutgers Scarlet Knights:
QB Chris Laviano: 27/42 for 251 yards, 2 interceptions, sacked 5 times
RB Josh Hicks: 7 rush attempts for 49 yards, 2 catches for 21 yards
WR Carlton Agudosi: 6 catches for 80 yards