Follow along with Josh, Johnny and Ryne
FINAL (Josh): Oh boy. And Georgia State’s kicker missed it wide right after James Franklin iced him. That’s going to be talked about just a little bit. Regardless, Penn State preserves the shutout. Final score: Penn State 56, Georgia State 0. We’ll have updates on our site, along with the press conference video, after it happens.
0:21 4Q (Josh): And Georgia State is going for the field goal. Fans are NOT happy, booing the decision. But a little bit of gamesmanship on both ends. Penn State called a timeout right before the attempt; PSU wants that shutout.
8:55 4Q (Josh): Make that 56-0 now. Andre Robinson just scored on a 41-yard rushing TD. And, yeah, this game has pretty much gone exactly as expected.
10:02 4Q (Josh): James Franklin has praised Yetur Gross-Matos a lot, and he really showed some great strength and pursuit on that play Ryne talked about. That’s a name Penn Staters should familiarize themselves with — because he’s not leaving Happy Valley without making an impact. Bonus coverage: He’s got an incredible backstory.
10:42 4Q (Ryne): Penn State defensive end Daniel Joseph forces a fumble on a sack and freshman defensive end Yetur Gross-Matos recovers it. The Nittany Lions take over at their 31-yard line.
End of 3Q: Penn State leads 49-0. The Nittany Lions now have 455 total yards on the night.
6:01 3Q (Josh): Now, THAT had to be the play of the game. Who needs Trace McSorley? (Kidding.) Tommy Stevens stood tall in that pocket, despite getting hit hard, and launched a 35-yard bomb to Saeed Blacknall in the end zone. That’s Stevens’ first career TD pass:
7:46 3Q (Ryne): Penn State freshman Tariq Castro-Fields hauls in the team’s third interception tonight. It is Castro-Fields’ first career interception.
7:56 3Q (Ryne): Trace McSorley connects on his fourth passing touchdown of the night with Brandon Polk. The 15-yard touchdown pass gives Penn State a 42-0 lead. McSorley is now 17 for 22 for 300 yards. It is Polk’s second career touchdown.
10:41 3Q (Ryne): Penn State’s Shaka Toney and Manny Bowen combine on a sack, forcing a fumble by Georgia State quarterback Conner Manning. Kevin Givens recovers for the Nittany Lions at the 45-yard line to set up the team’s first offensive drive of the second half.
13:28 3Q (Josh): Ryne Gery is going to take over this quarter, but I’ll be back in the fourth. If you’re still watching this game, go on and pat yourself on the back. This second half is for die-hards — and insomniacs.
HALFTIME: Penn State leads 35-0. The Nittany Lions have 385 yards to Georgia State’s 153 yards.
Stat leaders: Trace McSorley is 14 of 19 for 258 passing yards, which is a new Penn State record. Saquon Barkley has eight carries for 43 yards and four catches for 142 yards and a score.
0:33 2Q (Josh): The good news is that Saquon Barkley looks just fine. The bad news? I don’t think this Georgia State defense can recover ... OK, maybe that’s not a bad thing if you’re a Penn State fan. But this lopsided game looks as if it’s about to get a little more lopsided. Only question now: How much longer do the starters remain in?
Barkley has 43 rushing yards now.
3:26 2Q (Josh): Another play, another touchdown. I think Penn State might be out of fireworks; none went off on the scoreboard after that last one. That’s an eight-yard TD run by Trace McSorley. He has three passing TDs and one rushing TD now. PSU now leading 35-0.
5:28 2Q (Josh): Believe it or not, that Marcus Allen interception is the first of his career. He returns it 50 yards, too, which is eight yards longer than Grant Haley last week. (Oh, and Haley also had an INT this game. He talked about all the INTs earlier this week.)
8:55 2Q (Josh): Everyone scores tonight, and it was Miles Sanders’ turn this time on a 29-yard TD scamper. Nittany Lions now lead 28-0. How soon until this becomes the Tommy Stevens show? I’m thinking about five minutes into the third quarter ...
9:10 2Q (Josh): Saquon Barkley is headed to the injury tent with trainer Tim Bream. Doesn’t look to be anything too serious, but some teammates also checking in on him. We’ll let you know what happens here.
11:44 2Q (Josh): That McSorley-to-Hamilton TD looked way too easy ... but Georgia State is in the Sun Belt, so I guess that makes sense. The rout is on. PSU is up 21-0.
Barkley has been the biggest contributor to offense, however. He has three catches for 138 yards and a touchdown, to go along with five rushes for 13 yards. Need some more rushing yards to look good for the Heisman voters. But, knowing Franklin, we’ll still see some of Barkley in the third quarter no matter what.
End of 1Q (Josh): Saquon Barkley is now the only player in PSU history with an 80-plus yard rushing TD and an 80-plus yard receiving TD. Unofficially, this also makes him the most explosive offensive player since ... Ki-Jana Carter? Larry Johnson?
An argument for another time. For now, just enjoy the clip, along with the fact Penn State leads 14-0:
3:35 1Q (Josh): And, unfortunately, DE Torrence Brown is unable to get up. He was carted off the field, while his teammates took a knee on the field. James Franklin doesn’t give injury updates unless the player’s lost for the season — so no news is good news, in that respect, for Brown. He was a popular pick for the breakout player this season.
3:35 1Q (Josh): Penn State DE Torrence Brown is down on the turf, with three athletic trainers around him, and this doesn’t look good at all. Crowd is quiet as we wait to see if he’ll get up under his own power.
5:05 1Q (Josh): That was ... not pretty. PSU is forced to punt after all following an Andre Robinson fumble, which was recovered by Trace McSorley. Still not expecting this to be a dogfight, obviously, but Penn State’s offense should be tearing through this defense like tissue paper. Next drive should be different.
6:49 1Q (Josh): For a second there, I thought Penn State might have to punt. It started at its own 1-yard line, found itself in a third-and-9 situation — but converted. Just waiting for that inevitable, long Barkley run now ...
11:48 1Q (Josh): Tommy Stevens catches it and runs it in to give Penn State an early 7-0 lead. We guessed PSU would score fast; didn’t guess the first score would come from Stevens. 8-plays, 63 yards.
13:29 1Q (Josh): Will Fries starting at left guard and Steven Gonzalez is at right guard — filling in for Brendan Mahon, who’s in uniform.
Also, Saquon Barkley already doing Saquon Barkley things. I’m sure you’re all shocked.
Before the game
RIGHT BEFORE KICKOFF (Josh): Johnny is predicting a Saquon Barkley kick return for a touchdown. Personally, I think the goal, stat-wise, should be 250 all-purpose yards.
PREGAME: 5 MINUTES TO KICKOFF (Josh): Fake news alert! Fake news! Why, this game isn’t kicking off at 7:30 at all. They changed the clock a few minutes ago; it’s kicking off around 7:40. Jerks.
Side question: Why is there no running clock in college football? Can we make that happen — preferably in this game?
PREGAME: 10 MINUTES TO KICKOFF (Josh): We’re probably not going to be in for an exciting game. We should not be in for an exciting game. So what is there worth watching here?
I’m curious just how much Saquon Barkley can pad his stats. I’ll put the over/under of Barkley 30-yard runs at 3. Can Mike Gesicki keep his TD streak alive? And will Trace McSorley pass the eye test this week?
Barkley needs some big numbers to keep those Heisman voters intrigued. My “fearless” prediction: One of his runs makes it on SportsCenter’s top 10. OK, not fearless. There’s probably a better chance that happens than not ... but, this way, I can feel smart when I watch it on TV later.
PREGAME: 20 MINUTES TO KICKOFF (Josh): Looks as if RB Mark Allen will return this week; he’s in uniform and warming up next to Tommy Stevens. Got to love watching him carry the ball; he’s literally the shortest player on the team at 5-foot-6. I think that makes him the Darren Sproles of the Nittany Lions ...
PREGAME: 35 MINUTES TO KICKOFF (Josh): It looks as if No. 3 CB Amani Oruwariye is out for today’s game. He’s not warming up with the rest of the defensive backs.
He had a limp last week. Obviously, his absence really shouldn’t impact this game — but he’s worth keeping tabs on at next Wednesday’s practice. We should see more of Tariq Castro-Fields today then.
PREGAME: 40 MINUTES TO KICKOFF (Josh): A good game today, and Saquon Barkley might have an even better shot to be the No. 1 overall draft pick next year.
The New York Jets are the only NFL team here today.
So, OK, I say that tongue-in-cheek because the Jets are essentially the NFL’s version of Rutgers. But I’m pretty sure I’d take Barkley over Bilal Powell any Sunday. It’s interesting that the Jets decided to come to this game of all weeks. But we’ll have to see how often they come the rest of the season. Next year’s Penn State Pro Day should be crazy.
PREGAME: 50 MINUTES TO KICKOFF (Josh): Now, I promise not to step on my soapbox too often — but I just need to get this out of my system: Can we all agree that a night game against Georgia State is ridiculous? Because it’s ridiculous.
I talked about this on our podcast earlier this week. Now, this isn’t Penn State’s fault. It’s the fault of the Big Ten Network. But that doesn’t make this any less silly. I remember going to a number of Big Ten media days in Chicago, and opposing players spoke about Beaver Stadium with a reverence when they talked about playing there in night games. They spoke about goosebumps and chills, a scene they’ll tell their grandchildren one day.
Tonight’s game? I don’t drink coffee — but someone get me some damn Dunkin Donuts. This one should be a snoozer by halftime. Penn State can opt out of Friday night games; it should be able to opt out of night games for inconsequential nonconference opponents.
I haven’t looked at the history of Penn State night games. But this has got to be the worst one ever. If not the worst, it’s close. Johnny and I will try to keep it as entertaining as possible.
PREGAME: 75 MINUTES TO KICKOFF (Josh): Players are warming up, and there’s nothing surprising to report. Saquon Barkley’s calves still resemble two tree trunks, and fans are just trickling into the stadium now.
Five-star prospect Micah Parsons is in the house — and he doesn’t think Tommy Stevens should be starting over Trace McSorley. So that’s already a plus for PSU.
PREGAME: TWO HOURS TO KICKOFF (Josh): Hey everybody, welcome to the first-ever live Penn State football blog at the Centre Daily Times! We’re looking to make this a weekly staple, so check back early and often throughout the Georgia State game. We’ll watch — so you don’t have to!
Of course, I kid here. We’re hoping for those of you not at the game, you can use this to supplement watching it on TV or over the radio. We’re not going to give you play-by-play here; we’re hoping to offer analysis, photos, video, tweets and superhuman Saquon Barkley highlights. Feel free to email us about anything you like or dislike; we want to make this something you want to read
Who: Penn State (2-0) at Georgia State (0-1)
Where: Beaver Stadium
When: 7:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: BTN/WQWK 1450, 93.7 FM
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