McSorley, Penn State Roll Past Kent State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for five touchdowns as No. 11/10 Penn State football totaled 643 yards of total offense in a 63-10 victory over Kent State in non-conference football action Saturday afternoon in front of 106,528 fans at Beaver Stadium.

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For the Penn State (3-0) offense, McSorley threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 54 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns. His top target was DeAndre Thompkins, who made four catches for 101 yards, including a diving 40-yard reception in the end zone. On the ground, seven Penn Staters combined for 297 yards with Miles Sanders posting 86 yards on 14 carries, while Mark Allen, Ricky Slade and Johnathan Thomas each rushing for a touchdown.

The Penn State defense held the up-tempo Kent State (1-2) offense to 221 yards, with just 41 yards allowed on the ground. Cam Brown led the unit with seven tackles, while Penn State totaled seven sacks, led by Shareef Miller and Jayson Oweh with 2.0 each. Miller also led the team with 3.0 tackles for loss.

The Nittany Lion offense tallied its first touchdown of the afternoon with 12:51 left in the first quarter of play when McSorley hit Thompkins for a 40-yard touchdown pass. Kent State then tied the game at 7-7 on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Woody Barrett to Mike Carrigan on the ensuing drive, but Penn State went on to outscore Kent State, 56-3, down the stretch to secure the win.

A pair of freshmen secured the longest play from scrimmage in Penn State history in the fourth quarter, as quarterback Sean Clifford found a wide-open Daniel George for a 95-yard touchdown reception.

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