Northwestern Weekend Recap

It was great to see so many Penn Staters in the Windy City for the Northwestern game! Thanks to everyone who attended our Networking Happy Hour, Friday night Pep Rally Mixer, and all the other game festivities.  We made our presence felt in Ryan Field!

Below are notable links to stories from the weekend and a game recap. Also, view our photo album for pictures from the weekend!

Northwestern Weekend Stories

Game Recap

The Penn State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) defense and precise passing from Trace McSorley led the Nittany Lions to their sixth-straight victory this season, as they defeated Northwestern (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten), 31-7, in Big Ten football action in Ryan Field.

The win made Penn State bowl eligible for the fourth time in four seasons under James Franklin. It also marks Penn State's 14th-straight win in a regular season game, 12th-straight over Big Ten opponents and fifth straight on the road. The Lions are 6-0 for the first time since starting the 2008 season 9-0.

Penn State led 10-0 at the half, and then pulled away with a pair of Saquon Barkley touchdowns in the third quarter and a McSorley rushing score in the fourth, before Northwestern earned its first score of the game with less than two minutes remaining.

The Penn State defense limited Northwestern to 265 yards of total offense, yielding just 99 in the second half. It also forced three turnovers in the first half, with Amani Oruwariye and Christian Campbell both earning interceptions and Shaka Toney forcing a fumble that was recovered by Kevin Givens. Toney also led the Nittany Lions with two sacks. McSorley was responsible for a pair of touchdowns, also throwing for one and completing a program-record 15 consecutive passes across the first to third quarters. He finished with 245 yards passing after completing 25-of-34 passes. Barkley added a pair of touchdowns on the ground, including a 53-yarder, and totaled 75 yards on 16 carries and nine yards on two receptions.


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