Penn State won big again, this time routing Georgia State, 56-0, at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. Trace McSorley passed for 309 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Saquon Barkley added 142 receiving yards and a score and 42 rushing yards in the blowout.
The Nittany Lions rolled up more than 500 yards of offense to get to 3-0. Next up: Iowa on the road at night.
Here’s what Penn State coach James Franklin had to say after the win.
Penn State coach James Franklin on the Nittany Lions’ win vs. Georgia State:
“We talked all week long about playing a complete game for four quarters in all three phases. I thought we did that. That’s a team that had a lead over Wisconsin in the fourth quarter on the road [last season].”
On the shutout:
“We’re keeping people out of the end zone. We’ve done that now for three weeks. I’m really impressed by that.”
On special teams:
“Special teams is something we decided to really invest in, and we’re seeing a return on our investment.”
On the offense:
“On offense, we’ve got to be able to run the ball a little bit better and sustain our blocks a little bit longer.”
“I thought Trace definitely threw the ball better. With Saquon, there are so many tools. You’re talking about a 230-pound player who can run you over or run by you. I can’t imagine there’s a better player in open space than him. He’s a special guy in a lot of different ways. I stopped being surprised or amazed by him awhile ago.”
On calling a timeout with 11 seconds to go as Georgia State tried for a field goal:
“It had to do with we had our fourth team on the field, and we didn’t have a fourth-team field goal block. They didn’t even really know how to get lined up with the mix-and-match guys that we had in there. So, we called timeout to get the second-team field goal block in there. And that’s just kinda how it played out, to be honest with you.”
Franklin said twice there was no intent to ice the kicker.