Penn State Racks Up a Dominant 667 Yards in Win Over Kent State

By Nick Polak on September 15, 2018 at 4:16 pm
Sep 15, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley (9) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Beaver Stadium.

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It was a smashing afternoon for Penn State as they easily dispatched Kent State en route to a 63-10 win over the Golden Flashes. There were many positives from this game which we will continue to dissect throughout the week. However, one of the most notable positives was the overall performance of the offense as they flew up and down the field all afternoon to the tune of 667 total yards.

Of that 667 total, 370 of the yards came through the air, while the other 297 came on the ground. Trace McSorley finished the day 11/22 with 229 yards before Sean Clifford took over and picked up 141 yards on 3/3 passing in the fourth quarter. McSorley's line could have been far more prolific if not for more drops by his receivers and some very untimely penalties. McSorley threw for two touchdowns and one interception (off a deflection by Miles Sanders), and Clifford threw for the new school-record 95-yard touchdown.

On the ground, Sanders ran for 86 yards, Johnathan Thomas for 84 (69 of those on one play), Mark Allen picked up 62, McSorley rushed for 54, Clifford for 10, and Slade for one. Thomas, Allen, and Slade each found the end zone once, and McSorley picked up three scores on the ground.

Through the air, DeAndre Thompkins led all receivers with 101 yards and a touchdown, Daniel George had 95 on the aforementioned record-breaking score, Brandon Polk had 55 yards and a touchdown, Pat Freiermuth caught two balls for 35 yards, Zach Kuntz had a 32-yard reception, Sanders had 30 yards receiving, and K.J. Hamler had 22 yards on his only catch.

It was quite the offensive show.