Penn State beats MI, 42-13

Penn State recruit Khaleke Hudson visits during Blue White game at Beaver Stadium

Penn State recruit Khaleke Hudson visits during Blue White game at Beaver Stadium

And now we advance to what could be the game of the year in the Big Ten, with no disrespect meant to the fine folks in Madison, Wisconsin.

By the time he had tallied six carries on Saturday, Barkley had already put up 102 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns, and Penn State led 14-0.

Trace McSorley added a 23-yard run up the middle then threw a 35-yard pass to a leaping Mike Gesicki.

McSorley had a crafty 13-yard run to get Penn State on the board in the third quarter, and the game turned into a blowout when Barkley - who had dropped a wide-open pass earlier - bobbled a deep ball but hauled it in for a 42-yard touchdown, further boosting his Heisman stock in Penn State's biggest game of the season so far.

"Our wide receivers are unsafe", Barkley said. Then came the moment when McSorley, leading the way to the MI end zone once more, threw perhaps his worst interception of the season.

The matchup between Penn State's offense and Michigan's defense was worth the billing it received going in. McSorley's running ability came in handy for Penn State with 76 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns to go with his 282 passing yards and touchdown.

Penn State has risen up the rankings and finds themselves in the number two spot in the country.

So compare the "We want Bama!" chants to Penn State coach James Franklin, who (not so earnestly) doesn't even seem to know he's coaching against the Buckeyes in Week 9.

Even non-college football fans probably know about Saquon Barkley by now, but if you don't, this would be a good time to do that. Here is how to watch the Wolverines, plus a breakdown of key storylines and more. Quarterback John O'Korn has to take care of the ball as Heisman hopeful running back Saquon Barkley can not be given extra opportunities to touch the football.

Sure, revenge was nice (and certainly on the minds of the entire Penn State sideline given how the Nittany Lions tried for one last-second play to try and sneak a few more points on the scoreboard), but the more important objective accomplished Saturday night before a record-setting crowd of 110,843 in Beaver Stadium was to win one more game. But a loss to Penn State would basically end any hopes MI has of a Big Ten championship. Including his own quarterback.

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