Revenge is a dish best served cold. It probably isn’t a coincidence that Penn State has one of the best creameries in all of the Big Ten, because Penn State were cold as ice (cream) in delivering a revenge-worthy 42-13 victory over Michigan.
Last season Penn State went to Michigan and were throughly trounced. This season, Trace McSorely went nuts and Penn State laid the beatdown on Michigan.
It looked like it was going to be the Saquon Barkley show early on, as he took a wildcat snap and scampered 69 yards to the end zone untouched.
That likely wasn’t how Michigan drew up containing Saquon Barkley or Penn State’s offense. But, it was a sign of things to come and that was good news for Penn State.
It took just 15 carries for Barkley to pile up 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
Barkley had himself a game, but it was McSorley who shined brightest on Penn State’s “white out” night. He finished the night 17 of 26 for 282 yards and one touchdown, one interception.
Of his 282 yards, McSorley hooked up with Barkley for three receptions for 53 yards and a huge touchdown to put the Nittany Lions up 35-13 with a juggling 42-yard touchdown reception.
McSorley put it dead on target and Barkley bobbled an easy catch only to haul it in as he crossed the end zone.
But, the man who threw that pass was also the story of the game due to his legs. McSorley added 76 yards on the ground, but most importantly had three touchdowns rushing.
It was easily McSorley’s best all-around game this season, and it came against the nation’s highest-rated defense.
Consider this game his personal revenge after he laid an egg in Ann Arbor last season. Last season, McSorley had just 121 yards passing and -6 yards rushing in a nearly equal 49-10 loss to the Wolverines
While head coach James Franklin wouldn’t talk at all about revenge, McSorley admitted to that being in the back of his mind following the game.
No matter the motivation, it was exactly the statement McSorley and the Nittany Lions needed to make. Rather than having others help them, PSU owns its own path to a Big Ten championship and likely berth in the College Football Playoff.
Of course, the Nittany Lions are far from finished this season. Dates with both Ohio State and Michigan State the next two weeks will settle things in the East division most likely.
But, the Penn State that put down Michigan soundly on this Saturday night certainly look like the group capable of winning back-to-back Big Ten championships.
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