Penn State beat Pittsburgh, 33-14 at Beaver Stadium, as the Nittany Lions avenged a 2016 loss to the Panthers.
Here’s our live updates and analysis from the game.
Penn State-Pitt live updates, score
Final: Penn State 33, Pitt 14.
Penn State 33, Pitt 14 (Q4, 3:38): Penn State gets 2 points on a safety and 24-yard field goal from Tyler Davis to add on to the lead. This one’s almost over.
Penn State 28, Pitt 14 (Q4, 10:09): Five minutes into the fourth quarter of Penn State’s second game, the Nittany Lions surrendered a touchdown for the first time this season. Backup Pitt QB Ben DiNucci rushed three yards for the score, then tossed a shovel to Qadree Ollison on a two-point conversion attempt. The Panthers needed that one badly and now have some life.
Penn State 28, Pitt 6 (Q4, 14:54): Saquon Barkley caught fire in the third quarter, accumulating 104 offensive yards and a touchdown reception. He reached the end zone again on Penn State’s first play of the fourth quarter, powering through three tackle attempts for an eight-yard score. Barkley now has 4 touchdowns in less than 2 full games and the Nittany Lions are in full control.
Penn State 21, Pitt 6 (Q3, 6:03): Pittsburgh continues to control time of possession but points remain elusive for the Panthers. For the second time today, Pitt entered the Penn State 10-yard line but failed to produce a touchdown. The Nittany Lions defense held strong, and still hasn’t surrendered a touchdown this season, as Pitt settled for a 24-yard field goal from Alex Kessman.
Penn State 21, Pitt 3 (Q3, 10:32): After a quiet first half, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley just busted the lead open. He caught an intermediate toss from QB Trace McSorley in stride, surging away from a Pitt defender en route to a 46-yard score. Barkley had just 22 total yards in the first half but his latest highlight reel will be added to early-season Heisman Trophy credentials.
Penn State 14, Pitt 3 (Q2, 1:12) – Penn State faced its first major defensive test in the red zone this season, facing first-and-goal from the 10-yard line for Pitt. The Nittany Lions stood tall and didn’t surrender a single yard from that point. The Panthers settle for a 28-yard field goal courtesy of Alex Kessman.
Penn State 14, Pitt 0 (Q2, 8:35) – The Nittany Lions have made life difficult for Pitt QB Max Browne during the first half, recording 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. The latest pick occurred on a long-distance pass attempt along the left sideline. Penn State safety Troy Apke showed excellent range tracking it down, recording his second career interception. The Nittany Lions take over at their own 41-yard line.
Penn State 14, Pitt 0 (Q2, 12:18) – Penn State continues its strong defensive play, forcing Pitt’s third punt of the game. The Panthers drive extended into Nittany Lions territory for the first time, and included a fourth-down conversion. Senior safety Marcus Allen delivered a well-timed hit on a third-down pass attempt to break up the play and force a punt.
Marcus Allen has big hit to shut down Pitt's best drive. pic.twitter.com/a6wlil5Ii8
— Collegian Football (@psufootblog) September 9, 2017
Penn State 14, Pitt 0 (Q1, 5:20) – For a second straight game, Mike Gesicki has two touchdown receptions. This one comes from 10 yards out, as McSorley found him on the left side and Gesicki followed a lead block toward the pylon. McSorley set up the score with a 36-yard touchdown run, the longest of his career. Penn State has started even sharper than it did against Akron last Saturday.
Penn State 7, Pitt 0 (Q1, 8:03) – Nittany Lions cornerback Grant Haley is having himself a game here early. Following his interception on Pitt’s first offensive series, Harley comes up with a sack to end the Panthers’ third possession. It was his first career sack. Penn State takes over at its own 37-yard line.
Penn State 7, Pitt 0 (Q1, 12:53) – Penn State strikes early, scoring one play into its first offensive play of the game. QB Trace McSorley faked a hand-off to RB Saquon Barkley before finding a wide open Mike Gesicki for a 9-yard score. It was set up by a Grant Haley interception off Pitt QB Max Browne the play before. McSorley has thrown a touchdown in 17 straight games, while Gesicki has reached the end zone in five consecutive contests.
Pregame – Penn State just unveiled it’s commemorative “2016” emblem in honor of the Big Ten championship. The Nittany Lions won the coin toss, but will defer to the second half and start on defense.
Pregame – The Nittany Lions and Panthers are on the field for warmups as Beaver Stadium continues to fill up. The scoreboard shows 23 minutes remaining until kickoff, so we’re looking at a 3:40 kickoff between these in-state rivals.
Pregame – In cased you missed our Facebook Live session, here’s the conversation from Penn State press box. I previewed this matchup, gave my prediction and discussed which recruits are in attendance.
Penn State-Pitt game time, information
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Sept. 9
Location: Beaver Stadium at University Park, Pa.
Weather: Temperature will be in the low-60s with partly cloudy skies
The line: Penn State -21
How to watch on TV: The Nittany Lions and Panthers are playing on ABC.
How to watch online: The game can be watched on WatchESPN.
How to listen: The game can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network. You can listen to the game here.
Penn State-Pitt preview
A rivalry that spans three centuries resumes Saturday afternoon. Penn State leads the all-time series, with a 50-43-4 record. However, Pittsburgh presently has bragging rights.
The Panthers defeated Penn State, 42-39, last September. It was the first matchup between these programs since 2000, and the outcome ultimately prevented Penn State from reaching the College Football Playoff. Pitt also went on to defeat eventual national champion Clemson last fall.
The Nittany Lions handled business Sept. 2 in a season-opening victory over Akron. QB Trace McSorley collected 280 passing yards, 48 rushing yards and 3 total touchdowns, while RB Saquan Barkley established himself as an early Heisman Trophy candidate with 226 offensive yards and 2 scores.
Pitt dealt with quite a scare in its opener, heading to overtime against FCS opponent Youngstown State. The Panthers prevailed in overtime, 28-21, rushing for more than 200 yards in the process.
Penn State enters this rematch as a heavy favorite and fans hoping for revenge could make life difficult on Panthers QB Max Browne. The Lions will have a student section White Out for the game.
Nittany Lions coach James Franklin addressed this matchup during his weekly media conference, illustrating his team’s week-to-week approach this season.
“This is the Super Bowl for us because it’s the game we play Saturday,” Franklin said Tuesday. “Last week, our Super Bowl was Akron. I think when I say these things, people act like I’m trying to say the Pitt game is not a big game. It’s a huge game. It’s the most important game we have on our schedule. Last week, [Akron] was the most important game that we had on our schedule. That’s just how we’re going to approach it.”