No. 10 Penn State cruises by Maryland in final regular season game

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No. 10 Penn State cruises by Maryland in final regular season game


COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Trace McSorley threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 10 Penn State closed out its regular season Saturday afternoon with a 66-3 rout of Maryland.

McSorley threw touchdown passes of two and nine yards to tight end Mike Gesicki, and ran five yards for a score, all in the first half.

In all, McSorley clicked on 22 of 33 passes for 237 yards, while running seven times for 36, as PSU improved to 10-2.

Backup quarterback Tommy Stevens also rushed 12 times for 113 yards and three scores and threw a TD pass to reserve tight end Tom Pancoast.

In addition, Saquon Barkley ran 16 times for 77 yards and two TDs.

Henry Darmstadter kicked a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter for Maryland, which finished 4-8.

• McSorley, identified at one point as “McFlurry” by the press box announcer, put it up 29 times in the first half alone, completing 19 for 205 yards and both his touchdowns. The first was a two-yard shovel pass to Gesicki, the second a nine-yard toss to the tight end, who made a one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone. McSorley also ran for a first-half TD.

• McSorley has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 27 straight games. His 11 rushing scores this season equal a school record for QBs set by Michael Robinson in 2005. He also joined Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett as the only players in Big Ten history with at least 25 touchdown passes and 10 rushing TDs in the same season. Barrett did so in 2014.

• The Lions scored on five of their eight first-half possessions, all but the last of them resulting in touchdowns, and outgained the Terps, 299-179, in the half. PSU, up 31-0 after the first two quarters, had one negative-yardage play in the half, a 10-yard loss on a sack 34 snaps into the game. At that point the Lions led 28-0.

• One of the mysteries of Penn State’s season has been the way in which Stevens, a multi-purpose threat, has been used. Besides serving as McSorley’s backup, he has appeared at running back and receiver, and has been productive in every role. He did not play, however, in the losses to Ohio State and Michigan, when the offense was in need of a jolt, and while there was speculation about an injury, reporters also spotted him dunking a football over the crossbar at the end of one practice.

Stevens — who also did not play against Iowa, Indiana and Rutgers — reappeared last week against Nebraska. And on Saturday, he capped the Lions’ first possession with a 21-yard touchdown run, lining up at running back, taking a handoff, starting right, faking a pitch to Barkley as he headed in the opposite direction and then continuing to the end zone.

• Stevens replaced McSorley at QB with 5:46 left in the third quarter. He finished the day 3 of 7 for 11 yards through the air, with his TD a four-yarder to Pancoast. Stevens also caught one pass for four yards.

• Maryland attempted a trick play on its third offensive snap, on which wide receiver D.J. Moore took a lateral and looked to throw. The Lions diagnosed the play, but as he was being hauled down Moore completed a backwards over-the-head flip to Jahrvis Davenport, albeit for a loss of six.

• Safety Troy Apke did not play the first half while serving a suspension for a targeting penalty incurred last week against Nebraska. Nick Scott started in his place, and Ayron Monroe also saw time. Apke returned in the second half.

• Defensive end Ryan Buchholz (Great Valley) and offensive tackle Ryan Bates (Archbishop Wood) returned, each after missing the previous three games with undisclosed leg injuries suffered in the Oct. 28 loss to Ohio State. Buchholz was part of the defensive line rotation, while Bates, who normally plays left tackle, manned the right side in garbage time.

• Wide receiver/special teams star Irv Charles was also back, after being held out of the Nebraska game for undisclosed reasons. Linebacker Manny Bowen sat out his third straight game after violating a team rule, according to coach James Franklin.

• Lions center Connor McGovern suffered a leg injury in the second quarter and was replaced by Zach Simpson. McGovern returned, however, in the second half.

Penn State commit arrested for armed robbery of Wawa

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Penn State commit arrested for armed robbery of Wawa

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Or will that be former Penn State recruit?

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Isheem Young was one of three individuals arrested Friday in connection with the armed robbery of a Wawa convenience store in South Philadelphia this past summer. One of the two alleged accomplices is Young’s brother, the manager of the store that was robbed, while the other an unnamed getaway driver.

The Inquirer reports that the 18-year-old Young is facing charges of robbery, conspiracy, firearms violations and related offenses. He is currently being held in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

It’s alleged that Young and his partners in crime made off with $13,600 in cash from the store’s safe. A police report stated that Young entered the store armed with a black revolver and committed the robbery.

Young committed to play his college football at Penn State in mid-July; two weeks later is when he allegedly committed the crime. He was 17 years old when the incident happened.

A four-star 2018 recruit, he’s rated as the No. 12 safety in the country, the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Pennsylvania and the No. 151 player overall on‘s composite board.

The new early-signing period for college football, incidentally, kicks off in less than three weeks.

Penn State can't get by Khalil Iverson, Wisconsin

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Penn State can't get by Khalil Iverson, Wisconsin


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The last 48 hours weren't easy for the Wisconsin Badgers who had all day Sunday plus a long flight into Happy Valley on Monday to stew over their worst home loss in nearly a decade.

Penn State nearly extended that misery, but a potential go-ahead 3-pointer by Tony Carr bounced off the rim with two seconds to play and the Badgers held on for a 64-63 win.

"It's nice to see a bounce back and look like a Wisconsin team should look," Badgers coach Greg Gard said.

Khalil Iverson scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half, Nate Reuvers added 11 points and Ethan Happ grabbed 10 rebounds for the Badgers (4-5, 1-1 Big Ten), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

Mike Watkins scored a career-high 22 points for the Nittany Lions (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) who battled back from a 17-point deficit with 9:40 to play. Carr added 16 points and Shep Garner made 13 for the Nittany Lions who were trying for their first 2-0 start in conference play since 2007.

Penn State played its third game, and first at home, in six days and struggled to shoot the ball for most of the night. The Nittany Lions made just 9 of 26 field goals in the first half, trailed 31-25 at halftime and were just 3-for-21 over the final 1:50 of the first and the first 10 minutes of the second.

"We dug a little deeper because we looked very sluggish in the first half," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said.

The Badgers led 51-36 with 9:40 to play, but Garner drained back-to-back jumpers shortly thereafter to spark a 21-9 run that cut Wisconsin's lead to 60-57 with 1:53 left.

A pair of Garner free throws with less than a minute to play made it a one-point game before the teams traded free throws over the final 43 seconds. D'Mitrik Trice closed it out at the line on 4-of-4 shooting for the Badgers.

"I knew we'd have to be really dialed-in and gritty and persevere," Gard said. "I expected the whole game to be like the last four minutes and fortunately we were able to make enough plays and get enough stops to hang on."

Built Ford tough
Carr got his shot after forward Aleem Ford bounced the game's final free throw off the rim on the other end of the floor. He didn't get another chance thanks in part to Ford's hustle to get back on defense.

When Carr's shot rang off the rim, it took a bounce toward a Penn State player in the corner. Ford grabbed hold of the ball to force a jump ball and prevent the Nittany Lions from getting any kind of chance.

Ford's late recovery came in the absence of usual post presences Happ and Davison, who both had fouled out.

"He really hustled for that loose ball," Gard said. "There were a lot of winning plays, so to speak that were made. "We need to make better decisions down the stretch so that it doesn't get to that point."

Trusting Carr
Chambers had no issue with Carr, who was just 5-for-22 from the field, pulling up for the final 3-pointer even though Penn State's crafty point guard might've had room toward the hoop.

The clock was ticking and Chambers trusts his leading scorer who entered the game with 20.6 points per game, 39 assists and 19-for-32 from 3-point range.

"Whatever Tony thought," Chambers said. "I'm not in his vision. I'm on the sideline. I don't know what he saw but he's a heck of a player and he makes really good decisions. So I'm going to trust that decision."

Tough stats to swallow
Wisconsin's bench chipped in 25 points to Penn State's one.

Meanwhile, of Penn State's 29 misses, 11 were layups that didn't fall.

The big picture
Wisconsin: The Badgers are the only team to have played four ranked opponents so far and were tied or within a basket with two minutes left in three of those games. They looked better than their record inside the Bryce Jordan Center, matching Penn State's physical play throughout and frustrating Penn State's shooters all night.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions continue to play solid defense, but those stingy efforts will be for nothing if Penn State's shooters continue to miss like they did early and midway through against the Badgers. Penn State finished 26 for 50 from the floor.

Up next
Wisconsin concludes a three-day trip through the Keystone State at Temple (4-2) on Wednesday.

Penn State hosts George Washington (4-4) on Saturday.