Penn State’s McSorley Earns Weekly Awards for Performance vs. Michigan; Barkley, Cabinda Also Honored

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State junior quarterback Trace McSorley earned a number of awards following his performance against No. 19 Michigan Saturday.

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McSorley was named the Rose Bowl Big Ten Player of the Week, was the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and was among the Manning Award Stars of the Week and the Davey O’Brien “Great 8.”

McSorley was 17-of-26 for 282 passing yards and a touchdown against the Wolverines. He also hurt Michigan with his legs, recording 76 rushing yards and a career-high three touchdowns. McSorley has thrown a touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games, dating to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, extending his Penn State record. The streak is the second-longest active streak in the FBS (Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield). He also had his 12th career game with both a rushing and passing touchdown. McSorley is the first Penn State quarterback to run for three touchdowns in a game since at least 1982.

With 358 yards of total offense, McSorley became the fifth Nittany Lion with 6,000 career yards of total offense. He moved into fourth place on the career charts with 6,340 yards (5,678 passing and 662 rushing), passing Tony Sacca (6,000 yards). McSorley’s 282 passing yards against Michigan give him 1,879 yards this season, which ranks 22nd for a single season. With 358 yards of total offense versus Michigan, McSorley moved into 19th place in the single-season total offense chart with 2,133 yards (1,879 passing and 254 rushing). McSorley was responsible for four touchdowns against the Wolverines (three rushing, one passing) giving him 21 this season, which is tied for 12th place at Penn State with Kerry Collins in 1994 and John Hufnagel in 1972.


Also honored were junior running back Saquon Barkley and senior linebacker Jason Cabinda with Barkley earning the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, fourth Big Ten weekly award of the season (7 weeks), while Cabinda claimed his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

The offensive honor is the third of the season for Barkley, who also has a Special Teams Player of the Week award to his credit this season. He has earned eight conference honors (five offensive, two freshman, one special teams) in his career.

Barkley also earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll for the fourth time this season. The Paul Hornung Award is presented to the most versatile player in major college football.

Barkley accumulated 176 all-purpose yards via 108 rushing yards, 53 receiving yards and 15 return yards against the Wolverines. He found the end zone three times, twice on the ground and once in the air, to become Penn State’s career touchdowns from scrimmage leader with 42 career scores, surpassing the record set by Lydell Mitchell (41; 1969-71). Barkley has scored a touchdown in 14-straight games, the longest active streak in FBS. He also posted his 12th career multi-touchdown game and his fourth of the season. Barkley recorded his 13th career 100-yard game with 108 rushing yards. He is tied for eighth in Penn State history for 100-yard games.

With 53 receiving yards against the Wolverines, Barkley became the 26th Nittany Lion with 1,000 career receiving yards. He is the first Penn State player with 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his career and the fourth Big Ten player to have 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his career, joining Indiana’s Levron Williams (3,095 rush, 1,088 rec; 1998-2001), Northwestern’s Tyrell Sutton (3,886 rush, 1,244 rec; 2005-08) and Purdue’s Mike Alstott (3,635 rush, 1,075 rec; 1992-95). However, Barkley is the first to accomplish the feat in three years.

Cabinda recorded 13 tackles, including a pair of half-sacks and one tackle for loss, against Michigan. He also forced his second career fumble in the third quarters on a John O’Korn scramble. The 13 tackles were one off of Cabinda’s career mark of 14, which he has accomplished twice. The effort was his eighth career double-digit tackle performance.

The second-ranked Nittany Lions travel to No. 6 Ohio State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on FOX. The game can also be heard on and the Penn State Sports Network.

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