Halftime Thoughts: Rutgers

By Matthew Filipovits on November 11, 2017 at 1:24 pm
Nov 11, 2017; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

© Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

  • It’s clear that Rutgers gameplan is to stop Barkley. He has 5 carries for -3 yards. If you’re wondering just how much attention is giving Barkley, watch this end completely ignore McSorley to go after Barkley, allowing Trace to scamper in for a 20-yard score.
  • McSorley has been able to take advantage of all that attention Barkley's demanding. He has five carries for 32 yards and a score. He's been solid through, going 7-of-10 for 107 yards and a touchdown pass.
  • The offensive line seems to be playing on its heels again. Barkley has to make a move immediately after getting a handoff. McSorley’s been able to wiggle out of some trouble, making his stats look much better than they probably should.
  • On the flip side, the Nittany Lions defensive front just cannot get home, again. The defense has been getting pressure but has not been able to bring Rescigno down behind the line of scrimmage. Credit the Rutgers QB for using his legs to extend plays and move the chains on several occasions.
  • Jason Cabinda is balling out against his hometown team. He leads all players with eight total tackles.
  • Blake Gillikin should be your favorite player. He's booted three balls for an average of nearly 44 yards, including a long of 53.
  • There haven't been many positives for Penn State thus far, but they're still ahead. They need to get something going on the ground if they want to pull away for a big win, as many of us expect.