Rutgers edges out Central Connecticut State

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In case it wasn't clear from the video, Penn State tweeted out that Sorrell's girlfriend did, indeed, say yes.

The Blue Devils played without coach Donyell Marshall and assistant Anthony Anderson, both of whom were suspended for the first two games in what school officials called a "personal matter".

Best pass: McSorley zinged a 22-yard slant pass to Hamilton for a touchdown with 1:13 left in the second quarter, extending the PSU lead to 14-6. Worst call: Rutgers coach Chris Ash chose to run out the final 1:13 of the first half rather than have quarterback Giovanni Rescigno attempt a deep pass. Best run: McSorley faked a handoff to Barkley, broke a couple of tackles and ran for a 20-yard touchdown in the second quarter. It also gave Penn State a 21-6 lead, starting the rout.

THE BIG PLAY: On a 3rd-and-9 in the third quarter, Penn State ran a hook-and-lateral play, with receiver Hamilton pitching to Barkley after a short catch. The Lions finally woke up on offense, leading 14-6 at halftime.

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Cleveland bounced back from that to score touchdowns on their first two drives of the second half to take a 24-17 lead. The teams hadn't faced each other since the 2013 season, when the Lions won at Cleveland, 31-17.


It was the first time Penn State has been held scoreless in the first quarter this season. Rutgers followed every Big Ten defense in aligning itself squarely at Saquon Barkley, holding the back to minus-3 yards on 5 first-half carries.

Penn State came out sluggish in its return home after two heartbreaking losses on the road, but Trace McSorley made sure his team did not encounter another frustrating day.

Worst tackle (s): Penn State missed several early, allowing Rutgers to control the clock in the first quarter (10:35-4:25).

Penn State on Saturday ended its first two-game losing streak since 2015, defeating Rutgers 35-6 at Beaver Stadium. They're built to pound the ball and Rescigno showed off some scrambling ability to give Rutgers its best shot.

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