Penn State improved to 9-2 with a 56-44 win over Nebraska on senior day at Beaver Stadium. Penn State jumped out to a 42-10 lead by halftime and Saquon Barkley finished the game with 224 total yards (158 rushing, 66 receiving) and 3 touchdowns.
Below find key plays from the Week 12 game:
Penn State-Nebraska football score, live updates
Penn State 56, Nebraska 44 (Q4, :00) – Nebraska scores a touchdown on the game’s final play. Tanner Lee finds Jack Stoll on the last play for another TD.
Penn State 56, Nebraska 38 (Q4, 1:20) – Nebraska scores another touchdown late. The Huskers get a 1-yard touchdown from Mikale Wilbon. The Huskers recovered an ensuing onside kick, as well, but couldn’t get another late score.
Penn State 56, Nebraska 24 (Q4, 10:13) – Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens gets in on the fun. He fires a 15-yard touchdown toss to tight end Nick Bowers. These 56 points are Penn State’s most in a Big Ten game since 2005.
Penn State 49, Nebraska 24 (Q4, 13:59) – Mike Gesicki. Again. The Nittany Lions tight end collects a 17-yard touchdown reception for his second score of the game. It extends his program-record career tight end touchdown total to 13.
Penn State 42, Nebraska 24 (Q4, 15:00) – Penn State heads into the fourth quarter with an 18-point lead. The Nittany Lions are driving in Cornhuskers territory and can put this one away with another touchdown.
Penn State 42, Nebraska 24 (Q3, 2:28) – The Cornhuskers cut into a large Penn State lead, as De’Mornay Pierson-El catches a 22-yard pass for the score. Nebraska is the third team in four games to surpass 20 points vs. the Nittany Lions. Penn State didn’t surrender more than 19 points during its previous seven games.
Penn State 42, Nebraska 17 (Q3, 6:40) – Nebraska ends a 35-point onslaught by Penn State, striking for its first score since the opening quarter. Cornhuskers running back Mikale Wilbon rumbles for a 24-yard touchdown, but Nittany Lions fans don’t seem too worried about this one.
Penn State 42, Nebraska 10 (halftime) – The Nittany Lions scored the final 35 points of the first half to create a seemingly insurmountable lead. Trace McSorley connected with receiver DeAndre Thompkins for a 9-yard touchdown toss to cap off second-quarter scoring. McSorley has 297 total yards and 3 touchdowns. Saquon Barkley also has 3 total touchdowns, while collecting 208 offensive yards.
His 39th career rushing TD just set the program record: pic.twitter.com/BfUwjwsJqX
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 18, 2017
Penn State 35, Nebraska 10 (Q2, 4:36) – The route is on in Happy Valley. Penn State has now scored 35 unanswered points, as Saquon Barkley plows through an attempted tackle for a 9-yard touchdown run. It’s Barkley’s third score of the game, and he’s 175 yards on 15 touches.
Penn State 28, Nebraska 10 (Q2, 9:23) – Nittany Lions tight end Mike Gesicki sets a program record for the position with his 12th career touchdown reception. Gesicki snags a 9-yard touchdown pass from Trace McSorley to extend the Penn State lead. Gesicki already carries the Penn State record for career receptions by a tight end.
Trace McSorley hits Mike Gesicki in the corner of the end zone for a score! Gesicki sets the Penn State record for TDs by a tight end with 12. pic.twitter.com/SKa6j9LksV
— Onward State (@OnwardState) November 18, 2017
Penn State 21, Nebraska 10 (Q2, 11:53) – The Nittany Lions have now scored 14 unanswered points to build an 11-point lead over Nebraska. Penn State needed 3 minutes, 22 seconds to drive 85 yards on 8 plays. The Nittany Lions went to work at the 9-yard line with Trace McSorley, Tommy Stevens and Saquon Barkley in the backfield. McSorley, who rushed left with an option to pitch to Stevens, tucked the ball and scored.
Penn State 14, Nebraska 10 (Q1, 2:40) – Saquon Barkley strikes again, scoring his second touchdown on a 1-yard run. It occurred two plays after a 10-yard run that finished with an acrobatic flip over a defender into the end zone. Officials initially ruled that play a touchdown but overturned the call. Barkley now has 38 career rushing touchdowns, which ties the all-time program record.
This one counts! Saquon Barkley ties Lydell Mitchell's all-time rushing touchdown record with 38. pic.twitter.com/WYwD6eFC6i
— Onward State (@OnwardState) November 18, 2017
Nebraska 10, Penn State 7 (Q1, 6:17) – Another Penn State special teams mistake sets up Nebraska with starting field position in Nittany Lions territory. The Cornhuskers cash in on a shanked punt, needing only three plays to drive 36 yards and score a go-ahed touchdown. Running back Devine Ozigbo plunged into the end zone from 1 yard out.
Penn State 7, Nebraska 3 (Q1, 9:18) – Penn State turned the ball over on a punt-return attempt, setting up Nebraska with a short field. The Cornhuskers reached the red zone but sputtered and settled for a 27-yard field goal from Drew Brown. Both teams are on the board early here in Beaver Stadium.
Penn State 7, Nebraska 0 (Q1, 14:03) – If this is the final home game for Saquon Barkley in Beaver Stadium, he just began it in style. Barkley takes his first handoff 65 yards for a score, providing Penn State with an early advantage over the Cornhuskers. He now has 18 total touchdowns this season.
Saquon Barkley feeling the love from fans on his way into Beaver Stadium (for the final time as a Nittany Lion?). pic.twitter.com/zZY0hcM7AY
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) November 18, 2017
Pregame: The Nittany Lions continue to deal with a limited defensive rotation, while Barkley will not return kicks today.
Kevin Givens will start for the third straight game at DE. If Ryan Buchholz plays, it'll be on a rotational basis off the bench.
Brandon Polk also announced as starting KR.
— Andrew Callahan (@ACallahan_247) November 18, 2017
Pregame: Penn State is hosting several recruits on campus today, including notable 2018 class targets Jayson Oweh (defensive end; New Jersey) and Solomon Enis (receiver; Arizona).
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) November 18, 2017
Penn State-Nebraska football TV channel
Penn State and Nebraska play at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 18. The game is on FOX Sports 1.
- Time: 4 p.m.,ET
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
- TV channel: FOX Sports 1
- Online: FOX Sports Go
- Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pa.
Penn State-Nebraska football live stream
You can stream the game at FOX Sports Go.
Penn State-Nebraska football preview, picks
Penn State aims to complete its second straight unbeaten home schedule Saturday when struggling Nebraska comes to town. The Nittany Lions will celebrate Senior Day before the matchup, which is also expected to be the final game in Beaver Stadium for star running back Saquon Barkley.
Barkley’s Heisman Trophy hunt has taken a hit recently, as he’s failed to reach 65 rushing yards in each of the past three games. Penn State has struggled to create space along the offensive front, leading coach James Franklin to call for more physicality.
Of course, Barkley is a threat beyond the backfield. He has 40 receptions for 524 yards and 3 touchdowns, adding two scores on kickoff returns.
Constant defensive attention on Barkley has created opportunities for other Nittany Lions players, most notably quarterback Trace McSorley. The junior has 30 total touchdowns through 10 games, and he’s now accounted for more touchdowns (61) than any player in program history.
Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki has already set a team record for receptions at the position, and tied the career tight end touchdowns record (11) last week during a 35-6 win over Rutgers. Fellow senior DaeSean Hamilton is the school’s all-time leader in career receptions (200), and is enjoying a strong season (39 receptions for 646 yards and 7 touchdowns).
The Nittany Lions will be without starting linebacker Manny Bowen. He was suspended for the game vs. Rutgers because of a violation of team rules, and Franklin said Tuesday he will again be kept out against Nebraska.
Penn State seniors such as safety Marcus Allen (58 tackles, 1 interception), linebacker Jason Cabinda (75 tackles, 2 sacks) and cornerback Grant Haley (30 tackles, 2 interceptions) aim to deliver a dominant performance in their final home game. Sophomore defensive end Shareef Miller (4 sacks, 9 tackles for loss) will be counted on to provide pressure off the edge.
Nebraska is preparing for the potential of using a first-time starter at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Patrick O’Brien will lead the offense if Tanner Lee is unable to emerge from concussion protocol cleared. O’Brien was sacked 6 times last week during a defeat at Minnesota after taking over for Lee.
The Cornhuskers have dropped four of five games, including a 54-21 road los to the Gophers. Nebraska has never lost to Penn State since joining the Big Ten but will have a tough time extending that streak Saturday.
There is widespread speculation about the future of coach Mike Riley in Lincoln, as Nebraska replaced its athletic director this season. Reports indicate the university is interested in pursuing former Cornhuskers quarterback Scott Frost, who currently coaches unbeaten Central Florida.
Freshman receiver JD Spielman has been a bright spot for Nebraska this season. He leads the team with 49 catches for 734 yards. Linebacker Chris Weber leads the Nebraska defense with 74 tackles, including 7 for loss.
Tyler Donohue’s prediction: Penn State 45, Nebraska 14
The Cornhuskers are lacking confidence and may be without their starting quarterback. The Nittany Lions are finally putting a pair of painful losses in the rear-view mirror and feature one of college football’s finest behind center.