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Penn State wideouts find success under pressure

Penn State’s Chris Godwin catches a touchdown during Saturday’s game in Bloomington, Ind. (For the CDT/Steve Manuel)
Penn State’s Chris Godwin catches a touchdown during Saturday’s game in Bloomington, Ind. (For the CDT/Steve Manuel) For the Centre Daily Times

Quarterback Trace McSorley did well to get the ball out under pressure, but quite a bit of credit for the Nittany Lions’ downfield success goes to Penn State’s wideouts.

All five of Penn State’s pass-catchers on Saturday have snags of 26 yards or more. Three of them — Mike Gesicki (88), DaeSean Hamilton (85) and Chris Godwin (82) — had more than 80 receiving yards.

As a unit, Penn State’s pass-catchers averaged 20.8 yards per reception, indicative of the Nittany Lions pushing the ball vertically.

But it was two of the relatively shorter gains of 6 and 26 yards that went for scores, both to Godwin. The junior now has seven touchdown catches of the season.

His teammates expect a lot of him, too.

“If you look at him, the guy is jacked,” Penn State running back Saquon Barkley said of Godwin. “He can play the ball really well, and anytime the ball is in the air, it’s more of a surprise that he doesn’t come down with it.”

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